Being a fluxbox user I have been looking for some lightweight imageviewer. xloadimage can always be invoked from CLI whenever needed.
While helping a friend build up a XFCE based gentoo system we discovered [url="http://mirageiv.berlios.de"]mirage[/url]. Mirage needs only pyGTK installed, which should be available on most linux distributions these days.
Some of the useful features of mirage are :-
- Easy to use interface
- Small app coded in python and GTK+
- Supports various image formats like png, svg, jpeg, gif, etc.
- Shows thumnails of all images in current directory
- Displays basic information about size, resolution and compression of images in the status bar at the bottom
- Supports basic editing features like rotate, flip, crop, resize, saturation,
- It can also show images in the current directory as a slide show.
- Option for viewing remote images
- It can also take screenshots and save it in png format
Here's a screenshot of mirage taken in mirage itself
More can be found on Mirage's website - http://mirageiv.berlios.de/screenshots.html
- It has 4 modes for opening a file - Smart Mode, Zoom to Fit Mode, 1:1 Fit Mode and Last Active Mode.
Here's the definition of smart mode, from mirage's website
[quote=mirage]Smart Mode uses 1:1 zooming if the image is smaller than the available space and Fit Mode if the image is larger.[/quote]
- It also supports command line arguments, though they may not be utilized too much. Nonetheless it is available if needed.
- Now, I have left it's best part to the last. It supports custom actions eg. pressing ctrl +e opens the image in gimp, alt + t to create thumbnail of the image and so on. All these can be easily changed too by editing it's values in Edit=> Custom Actions=> Configure. You can also add new values as to your liking
One great use of mirage I have found for myself is when using elinks for browsing certain websites which are supposed to be text based but I may stumble upon a couple of interesting sounding images. Mirage can then be easily invoked from elinks to view the images from the website.
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