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Old 05-23-2006, 01:57 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2005
Location: Notts, England
Distribution: Debian 6
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jpg image browsing slow and crashes - eog gthumb

After a promising start with FC5 on my 1.3 pentium M laptop, even getting wireless networking running with WPA, Iíve come unstuck at jpg browsing. Most of my pictures are around 2-5mb. Eye of gnome (EOG) and gthumb are both extremely slow compared to Windows. If I cancel a slideshow in EOG using the escape key, it often crashes. Generally the slideshows speed up after the first four slow slides but even then progress can be dodgy. F-spot is a bit better but the transitions flicker, and you canít view something off a CD without importing it to your hard drive first. Also it doesnít allow you to deploy your own folder structure which makes it undesirable in my opinion. With EOG and gthumb you have to allow the system to index all the images before viewing if you want anything like a smooth viewing experience, and even then it is very slow. This indexing takes a long time compared to windows, I wonder if windows indexes a more cursory level of detail whereas these linux programs seem to want to scan each file meticulously. Anyway the performance was so poor I wondered if my swap file was OK, I tried a default install and then one with a 2GB swap file, it didnít help. This leaves me wondering if something else might be awry, or is that just how they run? Are there any people out there who use this software to manage large photo collections of sizeable pictures? If thatís you, then I wonder, how do you find it compares with other OSs?
Old 05-23-2006, 02:07 PM   #2
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give gqview a try, it is my favorite image browser, i have over 1500 family photos spaning back over 100 years of family history all catagorized in several directories, and browsing thru em is a breeze and it has some exellent features such as full screen then browsing thru photos with the wheel on the mouse is smooth and fast
Old 05-25-2006, 04:12 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Okie
give gqview a try
Thanks Okie, good tip. Gqview is better - particularly the way something at least happens as soon as you click on a picture. Also the pre-load next image is a big help. But overall still a little bit slower in parts than I'd like, at least on my laptop.


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