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Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by ccoyle » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:50 am

Linux needs a simple, easy-to-use, image viewer with some very basic, reasonably intuitive, editing features, most importantly the ability to easily resize an image* or giving you the option of fitting an image to your desktop when you set it as wallpaper.

STEP 1: Open the original image. STEP 2: Click on "file" or "edit", get a dropdown menu. STEP 3: Click on "resize" and get a menu that let's you do it! STEP 4: Save the new image where you want it.

Don't tell me "you want an editor, not a viewer" or "use Gimp", which is way too complex when you simply want to resize an image to fit as desktop wallpaper.

Such a program should be in the default install of any package.

Linux has nothing that is even close to IrfanView. No, I don't want to use Wine.

* cropping and inserting a small amount of text should also be in every such program.

Now I feel better

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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by thx-1138 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:01 am

...on Mint 18.x, Pix (installed by default), can replicate the very exact steps that you described... :roll:
Linux has nothing that is even close to IrfanView. No, I don't want to use Wine.
There are numerous apps that provide such functionality, eg. Fotoxx comes to mind as a random example.
XNView, which is very IrfanView alike, also has a linux version, but i haven't kept up to date with it's development to be honest...
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by Pierre » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:02 am

Now that you feel better: Try Pinta:
- Menu - Graphics - Pinta
"Easily create and edit images".
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by Pjotr » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:13 am

With the default Pix:

Launch Pix, click on image, click in the panel on the Tools button (three dashes) - in the dropdown, click Resize images...
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by Flemur » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:11 pm

ccoyle wrote:Don't tell me "you want an editor, not a viewer" or "use Gimp", which is way too complex when you simply want to resize an image to fit as desktop wallpaper.
I won't tell you to use gimp, but I will tell you that resizing an image in gimp is about as simple as it can be.

Rt-click on image -> open with gimp
Then in gimp
Menu.Image -> scale image -> enter your size .
Then
File -> Export. (or "Overwrite")

You really can't get much simpler than that without a mind-reading interface: the amount of "work" you do is the same as with irfanview (which is my image viewer).
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by ccoyle » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:35 pm

thx-1138 wrote:...on Mint 18.x, Pix (installed by default), can replicate the very exact steps that you described... :roll:
Not that I can see. Can't find it in any dropdown off File, Edit, View, Go, Bookmarks, or Help. Using Pix 1.6.2 :roll:

Really, it should be as simple as opening the image and hitting Ctrl-R or some other combination.

Don't get me wrong. I love Linux Mint, and use it exclusively on all of my non-work devices, but it has some rough edges. Image viewers and screen shots are two.

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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by thx-1138 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:40 pm

Hi ccoyle, it's 1.6.2 here as well, please check on the upper side of the image, there where the mouse pointer is:
You will have first to tick the "Toolbar" under "View"...
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by ccoyle » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:42 pm

Flemur wrote:
ccoyle wrote:Don't tell me "you want an editor, not a viewer" or "use Gimp", which is way too complex when you simply want to resize an image to fit as desktop wallpaper.
I won't tell you to use gimp, but I will tell you that resizing an image in gimp is about as simple as it can be.

Rt-click on image -> open with gimp
Then in gimp
Menu.Image -> scale image -> enter your size .
Then
File -> Export. (or "Overwrite")
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You really can't get much simpler than that without a mind-reading interface: the amount of "work" you do is the same as with irfanview (which is my image viewer).
Disagree. Aside from the fact that Gimp uses the needlessly ambiguous "scale image" rather than the simple "resize", it lacks a simple menu of obvious choices once you get there: half, double, x%, best fit to desktop, and some common sizes.

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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by JerryF » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:46 pm

ccoyle wrote:
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Don't get me wrong. I love Linux Mint, and use it exclusively on all of my non-work devices, but it has some rough edges. Image viewers and screen shots are two.
Screenshots are quite easy. There's a built-in app called Screenshot. Also, you can download an app called Shutter (which I use). If you want a quick shot of the whole screen, just press PrtScrn key.
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by ccoyle » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:48 pm

thx-1138 wrote:Hi ccoyle, it's 1.6.2 here as well, please check on the upper side of the image, there where the mouse pointer is:
You will have first to tick the "Toolbar" under "View"...
Well there you go, and thank you very much. Never noticed that tiny and easy-to-miss icon.

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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by Moem » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:53 pm

That's great! Now you can mark this as [SOLVED]. :D
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by Flemur » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:18 pm

ccoyle wrote: Aside from the fact that Gimp uses the needlessly ambiguous "scale image" rather than the simple "resize", it lacks a simple menu of obvious choices once you get there: half, double, x%, best fit to desktop, and some common sizes.
IOW, gimp is just like pix. (Other than the word "scale" vs "resize").
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by phd21 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:42 pm

Hi "ccoyle",

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

+1 for - There are numerous options for this.

+1 XnViewMP is a lot like Irfanview

Uploading a screenshot, image, or images to this forum (resizing or scaling images one or more at a time).
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=232332&hilit=screenshot

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by jimallyn » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:16 pm

ccoyle, in general you will get better results by asking, "How do I do such and such on Linux?" as opposed to ranting about what Linux supposedly doesn't do. On some forums, that would get you ignored. Here on the Mint forums, we're so nice that people will tell you how to do what you want to do anyway, but still, it would be better if you just politely ask.
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by Reorx » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:09 pm

ccoyle wrote:Linux needs...
Nice rant newbie!!! You made a typo early in the rant though... you typed "linux needs..." when you meant "I want... (that I have an intuitive understanding of)..."

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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by lmuserx4849 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:56 am

ccoyle wrote: Disagree. Aside from the fact that Gimp uses the needlessly ambiguous "scale image" rather than the simple "resize", it lacks a simple menu of obvious choices once you get there: half, double, x%, best fit to desktop, and some common sizes.
Gimp does support percentages. Just select percentage in the dropdown on the Scale Image window. You can enter 50% or 200%. You can enter mathematical expressions in the field. And they have well maintained documentation that can be accessed by clicking on the "Help" button.
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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by catweazel » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:07 am

ccoyle wrote:Now I feel better
GIMP > Image > Scale Image

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Re: Resizing images is a pain on Linux Mint (rant)

Post by smurphos » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:09 am

If you are using Cinnamon with Nemo you can resize directly from the File Manager right-click context menu. It requires a plug-in nemo-image-converter which I don't think is default but can easily be installed via the Software Centre, Synaptic or Terminal ( sudo apt update && apt install nemo-image-converter ).

Then look in Nemo \ Edit\ Plugins and tick its checkbox if necessary. Viola. Uses ImageMagick as it's backend.

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