KDE image viewers

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Wed Aug 27 08:44:03 BST 2003

On Wednesday 27 August 2003 03:44, Renato Machado de Sousa wrote:

> 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!!!)).

I am not sure if PixiePlus has been in KDE release at any time.
It's predecessor might have been in CVS for a while, but after some 
disagreement between maintainer and other core developers it was removed.

> 1) Pixie Plus or feature equivalent: Viewer, Bulk transformer,
> generator of web gallery, Variable size thumbs, option to NOT generate
> thumbs automatically, etc.

Very unlikely to happen.
The appilcations maintainer is a very individualistic person and has had 
some problems with teamplaying.

> 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 plugins)

Well, if an applications is plugin-capable (and developers really like 
this) there will be plugins :)

> But still, I'd prefer if it were only one viewer, with toggle
> quickview/browse (ACDSee, gtksee) functionality.

Gwenview? (part of kdeextragear-1 IIRC)

> 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)?

Kopete has, as far as I know, always been a KDE application, so I don't 
understand the KDEize part.

However usually new applications start in kdenonbeta, where their 
maintainers can show they are capable of developing and maintaining an 
application accroding to the rules.

If no similar application exists in a KDE package yet, it might get 
included if the maintainer asks for it. Depends on the current size of 
the package, etc.

If there is a similar application the newcomer is usually required to have 
all features of the old one if it wants to replace it.
But this is subject to discussions.

Quite some applications now use the kdeextragear packages as their place 
in KDE.
They are translated by KDE translators if time permits and can have their 
own release cycles.

Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at gmx.at>
Developer at the Kmud Project http://www.kmud.de/
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