Using the Quick Look Framework
To gain even more control over file previews, you can use the Quick Look framework directly. The framework’s primary class is
QLPreviewController. It relies on a delegate for responding to preview actions, and on a data source for providing the preview items.
In iOS 4.2 and later, the specialized view presented by a Quick Look preview controller includes an action button with a Print item. If the controller can provide a preview of a file, it can also print it. There is no printing code for you to write.
To display a Quick Look preview controller you can use any of these options:
Push it into view using a
Present a document interaction controller (as described in “Previewing and Opening Files.” The user can then invoke a Quick Look preview controller by choosing Quick Look from the document interaction controller’s options menu.
When presenting a Quick Look preview controller yourself, choose the display option that best fits the visual and navigation style of your application. Modal, full-screen display might work best if your app doesn’t use a navigation bar. If your app uses iPhone-style navigation, you might want to opt for pushing your preview into view.
A displayed preview includes a title taken from the last path component of the item URL. You can override this by implementing a
previewItemTitleaccessor for the preview item.
A Quick Look preview controller can display previews for the following items:
Microsoft Office documents (Office ‘97 and newer)
Rich Text Format (RTF) documents
Text files whose uniform type identifier (UTI) conforms to the
public.texttype (see Uniform Type Identifiers Reference)
Comma-separated value (csv) files
To use a Quick Look preview controller, you must provide a data source object using the methods described in QLPreviewControllerDataSource Protocol Reference. The data source provides preview items to the controller and tells it how many items to include in a preview navigation list. If there is more than one item in the list, a modally-presented (that is, full-screen) controller displays navigation arrows to let the user switch among the items. For a Quick Look preview controller pushed using a navigation controller, you can provide buttons in the navigation bar for moving through the preview-item list.
For a complete description of the Quick Look framework, see Quick Look Framework Reference for iOS.