Some time ago I was using gThumb as an image viewer, mainly because this was the default application for the distro I was using. Since then, shifts in distros and GUI’s, have led to an image viewer that is just a little too basic for my taste. So, it’s time to find a new digital image management system, and XnView MP seems to fit the bill.
One good thing about this program is that the “MP” stands for multi-platform. So, there are versions of the software for both Linux and Windows.
Another plus is that the program is multi-featured and highly customizable. Thus, I can change the window layout (View – Layout – Layout 3) to give my preferred views of a tree directory, thumbnail images, and an image preview pane. Also, since I prefer a relatively clean display, I can cut down the number of parameters displayed for the thumbnails to just the filename (Tools – Settings – Browser – Thumbnails – Labels).
The basic file display process is to select a folder and browse through the thumbnails. Clicking once on a thumbnail causes that image to be displayed in a larger format in the preview window. Double clicking on a thumbnail displays the image to completely fill XnView’s window. Alternatively, right clicking on a thumbnail, or on a previewed image, provides further options including displaying the image in full-screen mode. (Hit Esc to exit full-screen mode and go back to the file browser view.)
Many people like to run their photos as a slideshow; however, this option is somewhat hard to find since there is no icon, nor any menu entry, in the main program window. However, if you click on a thumbnail to load the image into the display window, you will find that one of the icons in the menu (a yellow and orange “projection screen”) will run a “quick slideshow”. Alternatively, launch an image in full-screen mode. At the bottom of the screen there are forward and back arrows to manually scroll though the slides in the selected folder. There is also a central “Play” icon (a white triangle) that launches the quick slideshow. The delay for the slide transitions can be changed in Tools – Settings – View – Misc – Quick slideshow – Delay (in ms).
In addition to having many way to view the stored images, XnView also provides multiple tools to help you manage and modify the files. One such function, available on the “Tools” menu, is the ability to rename files using a batch-processing mode. This allows you to change the default file name (e.g. DSC_1187.JPG) to something more meaningful (e.g. Canada_2017_001.jpg) and, by using a template, have the name contain consecutive numbers that are automatically indexed (i.e. 001, 002, etc.) Similarly, there is a batch resizing option that can readily be used to reduce file size for transmitting multiple photographs by E-mail, or for posting appropriately-sized images to a web site so that the associated page will load quickly.
So, if you find these features attractive for a digital image management system, XnView may well be worth a look!
Bringing image management under one’s thumb
XnViewMP for Linux (Graphic Viewer)