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Gwenview > Gthumb

Posted 06-22-2014 at 04:01 AM by the dsc
Updated 06-22-2014 at 10:10 PM by the dsc (update)

I don't like much the "thumbnails only" mode that both these viewers/managers enforce, in the old days you could have a file list that you could alternate between various views, including thumbnails, and a preview pane. But these days we're almost forced to chose between the two, even though Geeqie isn't all that bad.

But Gwenview is absurdly superior in some basic editing, namely cropping and resizing. While editing files with about 2000x2000 px or so, Gthumb kept accessing/writing on the hard drive like its digital life depended on that, made everything hang, even the mouse cursor got stuck at times. Then I decided to try Gwenview. All super smooth, unbelieveable, I wouldn't even think that it was possible to have such a difference, making the same operations, on the same hardware. And it would even allow me to edit several files before saving them in a single batch! Without disabling the thumbnail bar. The GUI is also somewhat better and perhaps more customizable. Additionally, not being a GTK3 app, it doesn't "take over" window management duties, like rendering the window borders, so my DE/Openbox key and mouse binding settings aren't overruled. The only downside is that I have no idea about the settings I'm using to save the image! Perhaps these settings are hidden somewhere.

Perhaps there's some influence of there being more KDE stuff than gnome stuff on my install. I use mostly konqueror as a file manager, so perhaps a full Gnome would have some additional libraries or processes loaded, and those would speed things up. But I don't really think so.

Made me think of how awesome a somewhat streamlined/improved/bug-fixed version of Krita could be. I don't know if it already has enough image-editing features to replace GIMP, as it was primarily intended for painting/art creation, rather than photo-editing, but I wait eagerly for that day. Ironically I find Krita's UI a bit confusing, unlike GIMP's classic floating windows.

Update: that being said, you should hope you don't need to sort files by other things than "name" on Gwenview, it takes forever, if there's a vast amount of files. On Gthumb it's faster, but then if you select some files (and just a single click already opens them in the preview mode, so you have to return to the thumbnail listing) and drag them to some folder, it will automatically copy them, whereas in the rest of the civilized world it seems more usual that a pop-up dialog will show up asking whether you want to move, copy or symlink over there.
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