Best photo viewer for Mac (not iPhoto or Preview)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by techmonkey, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    I am looking for a good photo viewer for Mac. Windows has tons of free viewers that lets you rotate or crop while you browse thru your photo. I am looking for something that when I click on a photo in Finder, I can easily rotate it zoom in, etc.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
  3. macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2003
    Graphic convertor. One of my favorite features it has is an awesome picture browser which is totally customizable so it can show you every single possible tool and piece of info about the picture, or only exactly those that you want to see or not see.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2007
    I'm partial to Xee.

    Edit: Free app.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
    +1 to Xee. It's like Preview on steroids.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    Another vote for Graphic Converter (but it's not free).
  7. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    i tried xee, but I'm pretty much satisfied with preview
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    You've got lots of good ideas here ... but what's wrong with Preview? It's a darn good photo browser that offers basic editing. Is there something specific that it doesn't do you're looking for?

  9. macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    For example it does not go onto next picture when you press next :)
  10. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I also like Xee. I was a big fan of ACDSee on the PC, and Xee looks like it's inspired from that.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    It does. Just highlight all the files you want to look at. I haven't found anything up to Irfanview on XP yet though, especially for options when resizing :-(
  12. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007

    At least 2 ways with Preview.

    Select all files, open. Then use up and down arrow.
    (System Preference default should be: open groups of images in the same window. <-should be the default setting)

    Or Command+Shift+F for full screen view. Then use right and left arrow.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    Whole folders at once, easy flick through, rotate, cropping, resizing, slideshow, annotate plus an Inspector for info. Save in multiple formats too...
  14. macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2009
    Not far away
    In the same line, anyone knows of a good soft that would let me merge two pictures? (preferably free and of course for Mac)

    I've scanned a map that I've draw, but it was to big to fit on one page. So my map is in two parts and I would like to create one big image of it and than resize it for different purposes.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Sounds like a simple copy/paste would work. Something like Seashore or Gimp should do the trick.

  16. macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2009
    Not far away
    Seashore was crashing all the time (each images is 16 MB) but Gimp did the work (after playing with it a little bit). Thanks!
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009
    I found preview a pain when editing in photoshop as it doesn't seem to like embedded color profiling. If I used RGB or sRGB in PS and then view in Preview the colors come out way too saturated, I have changed the settings in Preview to take the embedded profile(I think) and although better it still doesn't look the same. The only way around this is to save the image in PS and discard the embedded profile. Does anyone have an idea to fix this as I find Preview good to look at images quickly without opening up another viewer? Thanks.
  18. macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I only get one image (without highlighting all of them beforehand.) I have the settings changed to what you said.
  19. macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    Has anyone found an image viewer that is like the one that comes with Picasa for Windows? That image viewer is awesome and, ironically, much more "Mac-like" than Preview is.

    I've been using Just Looking which is Ok.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2009
    MAc sucks .. I miss ACDSEE

    Seriously .. The Preview is so pathetic ..
    I can't go to next picture unless I select ALL the pictures in a directory. And again, if I have a directory with videos and other binary files .. They will give stupid errors that it can't open and all. I had a directory with 100 pictures and 12 videos. It opened all 12.
    Second, I can't zoom while in a slideshow .. seriously are you kidding me ?

    Now, I use iPhoto , I can't zoom while NOT in the slideshow ..
    And I can't see pictures in Iphoto WITHOUT importing it. I mean COMMON, If I connect an external drive and want to see pictures I gotta import them to my HDD ? :!

    ACDSEE please get a fully working version on MAC
  21. macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    what do you mean by Common?
  22. macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2009
    You mean like Picasa for Mac?
  23. macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    no. there is a Picasa photo viewer that comes with Picasa for Windows, and it doesn't come with Picasa for Mac (yet.) If you have Windows on bootcamp, try it out.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2008
    Adobe Bridge

    if not that, than Xee, but I don't like the way Xee can't preview large thumbnails. the actual image viewing itself though is nice
  25. macrumors member


    Jun 14, 2009
    Orange, CA
    I don't know about Macs (I'm still new to them), but I know on Windows there was an issue with Photoshop where the file colors were always different in Photoshop when compared to the Save for Web previews, or when viewing the image anywhere else. I basically had to do a Google search to find tell Photoshop to make the "working" copy have the same colors as the final copy. (Which is lame. I, the artist, shouldn't have to do anything to make the final product look like the working copy. Hmph.)

    Anyway, I did another search and this might solve your problem. Good luck!

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