Photo viewer?



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FreeBSD does not track it and so it is almost impossible to know for sure, but I guess it is graphics/feh, since most people using FreeBSD desktop seem to use WMs instead of full feature DEs.



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If one uses ImageMagick for any kind of image manipulation, it also has the display command. For quick viewing though, I prefer feh.



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I use graphic/feh, a nice and fast working viewer program, with several modes to help viewing images.

For a quick overview I use the xfe file manager with the panel set to [x] Thumbnails and (x) Big icons. Works well!
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mtpaint for me. I do little in the way of image editing so mostly use it to screen capture and resize (scale) images. It can do very clever things, but I find those beyond me - but for what I do use it for its great. Very quick.


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I use graphics/feh with this script run from Thunar for image viewer:


file=$(basename -- "$1")
dir=$(dirname -- "$1")

cd -- "$dir"

for i in *; do
    [[ -f $i ]] || continue
    [[ $i == $file ]] && c=$((${#arr[@]} - 1))

exec feh  -d --draw-filename --scale-down --draw-tinted -B black -g 800x600 "$@" -- "${arr[@]:c}" "${arr[@]:0:c}"
and for set the wallpaper Esetroot with this script(again from Thunar)

im=`date | awk '{print $2 "-" $3 "-" $4 ".jpg"}'`
cp /media/data/Sist/wall/wall.jpg /media/data/Sist/wall/$im
cp $1 /home/juan/Sist/wall/wall.jpg
Esetroot -s /home/juan/Sist/wall/wall.jpg
i put all my wallpapers in ~/Sist/wall , and in .xinitrc load the image at startup(or in x11-wm/fvwm2 startup) with Esetroot -s ~/Sist/walls/wall.jpg


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I use xv (link) for almost 30 years (since 1990, I think). It's under graphics/xv in FreeBSD's ports collection. The GUI is ugly (and I mean really ugly), but it gets my job done, has all the features I need, and I'm also much more efficient with it than with any other program I've tried, which is probably due to the fact that I'm used to it for several decades.


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I'm just impressed that we have software that is 30 years old and still works :). Take that <insert big, ugly commercial OS name here>!


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I'm just impressed that we have software that is 30 years old and still works :). Take that <insert big, ugly commercial OS name here>!
The following is from my large collection of sayings from e-mail signatures (I don't know the author, unfortunately):

‘Instead of asking why a piece of software is using “1990s technology”,
start asking why software is ignoring 30 years of accumulated wisdom.’


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I like it! Not to get too off topic but I find myself using simpler, (possibly older) tools on FreeBSD because frankly they just work and that's what I really need software to do: work. Don't need bells and whistles, transparency, etc, to get the job done.


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I use the command line for most of my file management or misc/mc - neither provides photo thumbnails. graphics/geeqie has a nice layout where thumbnails are in the sidebar. It also provides photo metadata.

graphics/feh makes a great mailcap entry and doubles for wallpaper.


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For quick views I'm using graphics/geeqie as well, it's small, simple and to the point.

But when I want something more, like working with larger collections of pictures, then I also rely on graphics/gwenview. I used to run this with KDE but it turns out that you can also run it on other X11 environments as well (keep in mind that some dependencies can be a little heavy to build). What I especially like is that it makes it really easy to switch between viewing photos (it'll display a preview bar at the bottom) or browsing through directories. You can also add meta data to pictures (like a rating, tags and a short description) which can make it even easier to sort through larger collections.