what image viewer you use on Mac?

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jounpla01
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what image viewer you use on Mac?
May 3, 2013

well, I'm wondering it is just me or you guys found that viewing images with Preview on mac is not that convenient?

I have a bunch of pictures in a folder and when I double-click the picture, it opens in Preview. But if I hit the right arrow, it won't go to the next picture in the folder. Is there any way to set this up like in Windows?

I thought of using iPhoto but I only use galleries in iPhoto for my personal pictures. Then I fine there's a new released mac image viewer  by ArcSoft, you guys have any ideas on this app? Is it worthy $0.99?

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jounpla01 wrote:

well, I'm wondering it is just me or you guys found that viewing images with Preview on mac is not that convenient?

I have a bunch of pictures in a folder and when I double-click the picture, it opens in Preview. But if I hit the right arrow, it won't go to the next picture in the folder. Is there any way to set this up like in Windows?

I thought of using iPhoto but I only use galleries in iPhoto for my personal pictures. Then I fine there's a new released mac image viewer  by ArcSoft, you guys have any ideas on this app? Is it worthy $0.99?

Just navigate to the Folder where you have your images, select all or some of them and hit the Space key.

I blogged about this here: http://mfransso.blogspot.com/2011/04/there-is-no-image-browser-in-mac-os-x.html

Other products that works well is Picasa and Lyn.

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if all you want to do is view the images, then might I suggest using the Mac's 'QuickView' mode.

Open a finder window into the folder of interest.  Use list view, single click on the top item and hit the Spacebar.  Now the image should be viewed and using the up/down arrow keys will move you through the list.  You could also use Coverflow mode too.

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I use Preview in the following way, go to the required folder, select all, right click select open with preview, I get a thumbnail view down the left hand side ( maybe different on yours ) with the first image in a fairly full screen size, I then click the expand arrows in the top right corner, I then get a full screen size image which can be moved through the folder by pressing the right cursor arrow, pres esc to get back to the previous thumbnails/preview pane.

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The closest you'll get to Windows is something similar to what was suggested above, but not quite. Instead of selecting just one image and pressing the spacebar, you should select all (or multiple) and press the spacebar. Then click the full screen arrows in the top right corner.

What this does is open the selected images in a full screen slideshow, and you can press the left/right arrows to go from photo to photo like you can in Windows. You might prefer using QuickLook this way. (Someone called it QuickView earlier, but it's QuickLook.)

If you only select one image, OS X restricts you to the up/down arrows only, unless the window is in Icon view. That's why it's better to select multiple and go full screen.

I don't use Preview much, because its clunkiness is comparable to the Finder, if not worse. If you have Photoshop, you can throw a folder onto the Bridge icon for a quick view. Media Pro is OK for that too. iPhoto, of course, is a disaster as a casual image browser.

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The closest you'll get to Windows is something similar to what was suggested above, but not quite. Instead of selecting just one image and pressing the spacebar, you should select all (or multiple) and press the spacebar. Then click the full screen arrows in the top right corner.

And if you hit alt-spacebar, you go right to fullscreen without having to click on anything. And I usually start with a simple cmd-A and then a alt-spacebar.

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http://www.lynapp.com/

lightweight, fast image browser, permits editing of captions etc too and just £16 GBP

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noirdesir wrote:

graybalanced wrote:

The closest you'll get to Windows is something similar to what was suggested above, but not quite. Instead of selecting just one image and pressing the spacebar, you should select all (or multiple) and press the spacebar. Then click the full screen arrows in the top right corner.

And if you hit alt-spacebar, you go right to fullscreen without having to click on anything. And I usually start with a simple cmd-A and then a alt-spacebar.

Thanks, that's a great tip. It still doesn't let you browse adjacent images in the folder with the arrow keys if you only selected one image, but it's still going to come in handy.

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ImageView works the best for me. One of the reasons I like it is that there's an elaborate system of keyboard shortcuts, plus it's reliable and has a nice, easy to use interface.

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LilyView opens just a window with the picture, and you can zoom and rotate. And arrow-key to the next one. It's my default because Preview stinks. QuickLook isn't much better.

I also use Adobe Bridge; you can key from image to image browsing photos in that too (although it will also show other files, which might be good or bad for you). Does it full screen using the space bar.

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I use on1 perfect browse, www.on1.com

you can get it for free at the moment

head over to www.fstoppers.com to get a free license key

it was the quickest software I tried although a bit more complex than you may need

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It seemed horribly slow (compared even to e.g. Lightroom).

I tried it with Mac Pro 2013, with 5Dmk3 raw files. Based on my experimentation with dcraw, the 'theoretical' .cr2 decode speed is at best 4,5 seconds per picture; however, given N cores, you COULD decode the next N at same time (or parallelize the algorithm somewhat if it is possible; I do not know if it is). You can also keep the decoded results around for a long while, until you run out of memory.

Neither Lightroom or Perfect Browse seem to do either the parallelism, or keeping stuff around long; PB uses at most 200% CPU that I see (=2 cores), and Lightroom seems similar (only when exporting it uses 4 cores, and sadly enough that is also less than are available in my MP *sigh*). Going back and forth between couple of pictures in LR is horrible unless you have 1:1 previews around.

I am starting to be really tempted to write 'as far as it can get' fast browsing program, just for my initial culling/keywording, as it seems neither LR or PB really use available cores that well.

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graybalanced wrote:

noirdesir wrote:

graybalanced wrote:

The closest you'll get to Windows is something similar to what was suggested above, but not quite. Instead of selecting just one image and pressing the spacebar, you should select all (or multiple) and press the spacebar. Then click the full screen arrows in the top right corner.

And if you hit alt-spacebar, you go right to fullscreen without having to click on anything. And I usually start with a simple cmd-A and then a alt-spacebar.

Thanks, that's a great tip. It still doesn't let you browse adjacent images in the folder with the arrow keys if you only selected one image, but it's still going to come in handy.

If you don't select the images first you can use up and down to move to the next image (as your navigating the folder, rather than a slideshow).

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Martin.au wrote:

If you don't select the images first you can use up and down to move to the next image (as your navigating the folder, rather than a slideshow).

This is one of those things that probably isn't hinted at in any Apple doc but should be.  It's what  most people want to do but figure it can't be done, as it's not very intuitive.  It actually makes sense the way it's implemented, but only in hindsight.  One problem with Apple's built in method is that if you screw up the navigation you can't usually just pick up and continue, you have to go back to the folder and begin again.  So if I'm showing a folder of images to more than myself I click on Index Sheet first (which appears after you spacebar on a group of images) and use that to navigate.  Works a bit better, I think.  You can see what you're navigating to.

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I dunno if I mentioned it before, but there's Snapselect, which I think is still free in the MAS. It's for culling/picking mostly, but has time and duplicate views. And it works really well with Lr or Aperture; it sends back a list of rejects to Lr as a collection, for example.

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It was fast enough for me, I use the latest version 9.5 , they emphasize its speed on their website, were you using an earlier version?

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It was latest version. I got the free key + tried it, but it did not seem better than Lightroom so I gave up on it and started dreaming of better solutions that I will not have time for.

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Here's another to try; I missed it cuz I thought it was Windows only: Fast RAW Preview.

http://www.fastrawviewer.com/about-and-features

It's by the same folks that do RawDigger.

It IS fast. And it gives you access to a better preview than many other browsers. Obviously it's of most utility to RAW shooters, but it is especially good for JPEG+RAW shooters as well. It allows you not only to rate and label really quickly, but also highlight over and under exposed areas. I do a bunch of ETTR and this can help show me which ones aren't worth messing with.

And it's still got the promo price through end of May.

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