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Old 01-28-2005, 06:49 PM   #1
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image viewer

I'm currently using gthumb. It's nice but I'm looking for something a little more powerful. I'm not very organised and keep picture files littered around my system, plus I want easy navigation - preferably a folder tree which can be colour coded to indicate which folders contain images. I'd also like to be able to see preview at the same time as seeing he thumbnails. Of course I also would like to keep all of the the other great features of gthumb (slideshow, image manipulation, digital camera capture...the more the better)
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Wow. That's quite a list. Um, GQView is gtk2, so you should like that. It has a tree pane which filters non-image files, but doesn't do anything special with the directories - those are in the tree. It has a preview and view pane, which can be configured so one of them shows thumbnails. Does do a slideshow, it seems. No manipulation, but you can invoke a slew of editors of your choice, such as the gimp. It handles 'exif' data or whatever, but I don't think it does digitial camera capture.

I dunno - might be worth looking at to you. But gthumb (I think) and gqview are both viewers. Seems like the gimp or other more dedicated general graphics programs would be what you'd want. Viewers just view.
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GQview is great; it's the viewer I use the most (see below...)

If you do a lot of image editing in the GIMP, you might want to take a look at GTK See ( It's still pretty light on features, but it's the only viewer I've found which displays the GIMP's .xcf format without significant hassle.

Image viewing/management under Linux is a bit of a sore spot for me-- I'm still on the lookout for a one-stop-shopping killer app for this. As it is, I use four or five different viewers depending on what I want to do at any given time (one gives a better slideshow than the others, while another is good for bulk format conversions-- but won't do a bulk rename; another one will open images in a exsiting instance of the GIMP, while yet another, with more features, insists on launching a new GIMP; that kind of thing). ACDsee is juat about the only Windows application I actually miss.

I'd love to hear about others' experiences with image viewers; like I said, I'm always looking for something new.
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GQView sounds good. I don't mind using an outside app for manipulation, but I need a n easy way to see where I might have hidden my images...
Old 01-29-2005, 04:31 AM   #5
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XnView is a utility for viewing and converting
graphic files.

It has the features :
  • Import about 400 graphic file formats
  • Export about 50 graphic file formats
  • Multipage TIFF, Animated GIF, Animated ICO support
  • Resize
  • Copy/Cut/Crop
  • Adjust brigthness, contrast...
  • Modify number of colors
  • Apply filters (blur, average, emboss, ...)
  • Apply effects (lens, wave, ...)
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Slide show
  • Picture browser
  • Batch convert
  • Thumbnail create
  • Screen capture
  • Contact Sheet create
  • Multi-page file create (TIFF, DCX, LDF)
  • TWAIN support (Windows only)
  • Print support (Windows only)
  • Drag & Drop support (Windows only)
  • 44 languages support (Windows only)
  • And many many other things...

Also you may want to check out Kwickshow or Kview.
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infidel: GQView looks to be just what I was looking for. After some messing around with the settings it looks and works just like I want it to. I haven't chacked if it will recognise a digital camera, but after configuring mine in Gthumb it automatically loads every time I plug the camera into USB.

The only thing I'm still a little puzzled about is the fact that it apears to rebuild all thumbnails every time I open a folder, even though I configured it to make a special thumbnail folder in my /home/user. Maybe I overlooked something...

/bin/bash: I'd already discarded Kwickshow and Kview for being too riudimentary. XnView looks awesome. I'll certainly check it out.


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