Rainer Brockerhoff is now shipping a public beta version of XRay. XRay is a file utility designed to be more extensive than the Mac OS "Show Info" function. Third party developers are invited to write program augmenting plug-ins. According to Rainer Brockerhoff:
Rainer Brockerhoff announces the immediate availability of a new public beta of XRay, the File/Folder information utility for Mac OS X.
XRay offers users a much more detailed view of files, folders, applications and volumes than Mac OS Xis "Show Info" window does. Permissions can be changed without resorting to obscure terminal commands. Type, creator and extension can be examined and changed, and their effect on file-application binding is shown immediately. Types, creators and extensions can be selected from pop-up menus built from the systemis own databases.
XRay can be run from the Finderis Contextual menu, the Services menu or by dragging and dropping items onto the applicationis icon.
Third-party developers can write plug-ins that further augment XRayis capabilities. Preview, Custom Icon and Hex Edit plug-ins are already in the works.
You can find more information about the public beta version of XRay at the Rainer Brockerhoff Web site. XRay public beta is available freeware.