KDE image viewers
James Richard Tyrer
tyrerj at acm.org
Wed Aug 27 04:12:02 BST 2003
Renato Machado de Sousa wrote:
> Given the latest features of kuickshow and kview, they are beginning to
> overlap (if I want to view a series of pictures (comic books, not pr0n!),
> do I use kuickshow or kview + browse plugin?)
> Not only that, but (IMHO) they still lag behind PixiePlus (which was the
> imageviewer in 2.2). Of course, pixie has been greatly deKDEized (NO
> config screen, vaaaarious assumptions instead of options, look n' feel
> incoherent with the desktop (doubleclicks!!!)).
> IMHO, if there were to be 2 viewers at all in the project, they should be:
> 1) Pixie Plus or feature equivalent: Viewer, Bulk transformer, generator
> of web gallery, Variable size thumbs, option to NOT generate thumbs
> automatically, etc.
> 2) QUICK light viewer with very low startup time. Think Kaboodle. Kview
> fits well in this category (but of course something for this use needs no
> But still, I'd prefer if it were only one viewer, with toggle
> quickview/browse (ACDSee, gtksee) functionality.
> Also, I'd like to ask how the packages to be included in the KDE main
> distribution are selected. Is there some kind of election, or do the
> managers just pick up the best in its job and KDEize it (as is happening
> with Kopete right now)?
I'm not exactly sure why Kuickshow exists except that it is a quick and
light weight viewer. But, it is IIUC, a one-trick-pony since it is
basically a front end for GNOME Imlib. This would give the advantage to
KView if it needs to be expanded and there is a debate at GNOME about
replacing Imlib. Unless Imlib is expanded, expansions to include new
formats like JPEG2000 would be only in KView.
It appears to me that it would be better if there was also a Kuickshow
KPART to use if you only wanted to view the image. Note the differences
between opening an image in Kuickshow vs. KView -- Kuickshow shows the
image while KView has control of size and orientation and other stuff in a
widget (which doesn't 'shrink wrap') and Kuickshow uses a right click menu
and is always 'shrink wrapped'). the question of which is better is going
to be a 'religious' argument unless there is a significant difference in
speed. I would prefer Kuickshow as the plugin, but it isn't available as a
Neither one of these is an image management system -- which KDE needs. We
either need to get Pixie2 back or KView will need to be expanded to have
these features to compete with LongHorn.
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