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The Graphics Lab on Your Linux Desktop - page 3

A Wealth of Graphics Tools

  • August 1, 2000
  • By Michael Hall

Once you've downloaded, massaged, poked, enhanced and manipulated your pictures into a usable state, it's time to show them off. There are a few basic programs for doing that.

The simplest image viewer available on the GNOME desktop is Eye of GNOME (EOG). This program is more of a simple component than anything, currently able to do little more than display an image. Unlike its predecessor, Electric Eyes, it offers no image manipulation tools. It's a good utility for just taking a quick look at your pictures, one by one.

A more useful program for presenting a series of pictures is GQView, a GPL'd GTK-based image viewer. It shows an index of thumbnailed images (by selecting 'Thumbnails' from the View menu), has a slide-show mode, and even allows you to view images in full-screen mode so you can avoid the distractions of your desktop while looking at your pictures. (It's shown at the right.)

GQview provides nothing in the way of image manipulation (though you can zoom in and out on images and configure it to always display pictures at a size suitable for your screen). On the other hand, it can be configured to provide shortcuts to other graphics programs for external editing if you decide an image could use a few last-minute tweaks.

If your distribution didn't include GQview, it's hosted on Sourceforge and the download page includes source and binary packages.

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