Tuesday, March 20, 2012

XnView - Gwenview alternative for KDE

I've been so bothered that the default image viewer in KDE, gwenview, is not user friendly, but could do nothing - i could not find an alternative to it. To view next image - press 'Space'. To view previous image - press 'Backspace'. Not 'Left'/'Right' or 'Page Down'/'Page Up'. And so on...

I even submitted a bug: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=199264

Yesterday i finally decided to uninstall gwenview and find a decent alternative to it, even written using GTK.

On Windows  i always use xnview, which has nice keyboard shortcuts by default. I even thought to use it in KDE via Wine.

I went to xnview website, and was surprised to find that there is a multiplatform version called XnViewMp, which is written using Qt!

I downloaded the beta version - and even in this beta state it works better for me than gwenview!

There is a PPA with XnView, which you can use to install it and automatically update to new versions:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install xnview

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