Good image/jpg viewer other than XEE?

qwimjim

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i used ACDSEE on pc for a number of years, it was lean and fast but the mac version is nothing like it. i've been using XEE for a while now and it's pretty nice but it doesn't load my canon CR2 raw files instantly, there's a half second delay and it's getting annoying. anyone have any recommendations for a simple, lean, and fast image viewer?
 

qwimjim

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preview only opens one file at a time, if i want to open multiple files i have to select them all and then i can't view them full screen because of the thumbnail column on the right.

bridge is even worse, and is a huge bloated piece of software if the only purpose is to view jpgs.

if i have a folder with a bunch of jpgs, i just want to double click on one of them, see it full screen instantly, and then scroll up and down with my mouse wheel to see other images in that folder. xee is all of this, but it's too slow at loading files.
 

blueroom

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Just took a look at Xee, awesome. Thanks OP for the heads up.

You could try running your RAW files through the excellent converter DxO Optics.

I just wish Xee had a full screen Lion mode.

And yes, I too can't stand preview for viewing jpg.
 

Dave Braine

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there's a half second delay and it's getting annoying
My, we are in a rush, aren't we.

if i have a folder with a bunch of jpgs, i just want to double click on one of them, see it full screen instantly, and then scroll up and down with my mouse wheel to see other images in that folder.
Quicklook will do that, although you'll have to take the time to select all then choose full screen.
 

Pomeroy

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Preview does full screen without the Thumbnails if you select "Content Only" up by the search box. I keep Preview on the doc all the time. Just drag the folder containing the photos you want to browse and drop on Preview, doesn't have to be open and running, then use the arrows key to scroll, in full screen or not.
 

GGJstudios

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preview only opens one file at a time
Not true. You can open as many as you like.
if i want to open multiple files i have to select them all and then i can't view them full screen because of the thumbnail column on the right.
Yes you can. Just select View > Slideshow or Shift-Command-D to turn the sidebar off and on.
if i have a folder with a bunch of jpgs, i just want to double click on one of them, see it full screen instantly, and then scroll up and down with my mouse wheel to see other images in that folder.
Click on the first image, then press the spacebar to Quick Look, then use the arrow keys to scroll through the folder. Or select a group, press the spacebar and go full screen with Quick Look, either in an automated slideshow or manually progress through the group.

It really helps if you get familiar with how apps work before you decide they don't meet your needs.
 
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qwimjim

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My, we are in a rush, aren't we.


Quicklook will do that, although you'll have to take the time to select all then choose full screen.
i often scroll through thousands of photos in a sitting, one second delay is absolutely unacceptable for such a basic function. quicklook also has a delay loading cr2's, having to select all and choose full screen is also too many steps
 

qwimjim

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Not true. You can open as many as you like.

Yes you can. Just select View > Slideshow or Shift-Command-D to turn the sidebar off and on.

Click on the first image, then press the spacebar to Quick Look, then use the arrow keys to scroll through the folder. Or select a group, press the spacebar and go full screen with Quick Look, either in an automated slideshow or manually progress through the group.

It really helps if you get familiar with how apps work before you decide they don't meet your needs.
they don't meet my needs.. preview does not open full screen, and there's no way to remove the sidebar by default. so every time i open a group of photos i have to remove the sidebar, and drag it full screen.. not to mention that i have to drag folders or highlight all the photos instead of just being able to double click on a jpg, AND if i open 50 jpgs with preview, maybe i didn't want to start viewing on the first jpg in that group.. with preview i have no choice. plus i can't cycle through photos with the mouse wheel.

it doesn't need to be so complicated, try xee and you'll see, there's no delay on jpgs, only raw files. it is to preview what pathfinder is to finder.
 

GGJstudios

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they don't meet my needs.. preview does not open full screen, and there's no way to remove the sidebar by default. so every time i open a group of photos i have to remove the sidebar, and drag it full screen..
Control-Shift-F will immediately take Preview to fullscreen, whether the sidebar is showing or not. No removal of the sidebar or dragging involved.

I understand if Preview doesn't meet all your needs, but it's not helpful to misrepresent its capabilities. While it may not do all that you want, it can indeed do many of the things you claim it can't.
 

qwimjim

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Control-Shift-F will immediately take Preview to fullscreen, whether the sidebar is showing or not. No removal of the sidebar or dragging involved.

I understand if Preview doesn't meet all your needs, but it's not helpful to misrepresent its capabilities. While it may not do all that you want, it can indeed do many of the things you claim it can't.
how is that any better than dragging it full screen with a mouse? the point is there's no way to have it open full screen by default...
 

qwimjim

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urgh, can anyone actually answer the question instead of trying to tell me why preview is good enough and i should be happy with its shortcomings? preview sucks, lets move on
 

GGJstudios

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urgh, can anyone actually answer the question instead of trying to tell me why preview is good enough and i should be happy with its shortcomings? preview sucks, lets move on
I didn't say Preview is "good enough" or that it meets your needs, or that you should be happy with it. I'm simply correcting misleading and false statements you're making about its capabilities. If you don't want to use it, that's fine, but don't mislead readers by claiming things about it that aren't true.
 

psxguru

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Sounds like your workflow is inefficient to me if you're manually managing many raw/jpg files.

You need Aperture or Lightroom imho
 

qwimjim

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If you're complaining about speed maybe you should get a faster computer. preview loads instantly for me, even on large RAW files.
i have an imac i5 with 8gb of ram.. my 7 year old laptop with xp opens the 20mb raw files no problem. and yes preview loads instantly for me as well, except i don't like preview, which is the point of this thread.. finding an alternative.
 

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Given the ubiquity of Preview, there may not be much of a market in what you're asking. There may be a few as already mentioned but there probably isn't much call for more then what's already there.
 
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