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[SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by afora » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:13 pm

The picture viewer which ships with Linux works with a significant delay (about 500-700ms) on my pretty new laptop as I scroll through them. I'm viewing images ranging anywhere from 4 to 10mb. At the same time my 3 year old laptop running windows with the old ACDSee application installed has virtually no lag in displaying exactly the same pictures.

This is a critical productivity issue for me as I'm working with 10's of 1000s of files. Can anybody recommend either a faster viewer than the stock one, or perhaps suggest the way to optimize the linux mint (19.2) installation so that this lag is reduced. I will need to be able to do fast viewing in full screen view.

Many thanks!
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Re: Recommend fast image viewer

Post by absque fenestris » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:36 am

I have been using Mirage as a fast viewer for years.
With the Synaptic package manager it should be easy to find.
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Re: Recommend fast image viewer

Post by afora » Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:44 am

This is excellent! Tu!

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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by honey46222 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:51 am

New member. Just reading the topics. Thank you for recommending Mirage! It's great!
absque fenestris wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:36 am
I have been using Mirage as a fast viewer for years.
With the Synaptic package manager it should be easy to find.
New member, here. Just reading through some of the topics. Thank you for suggesting Mirage. It's great! I had a fast image viewer in Windows and I was really missing that.

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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by absque fenestris » Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:04 am

I had a fast image viewer in Windows and I was really missing that.
What simple and fast viewer did you use in Windows?
(Old Linux and Mac user - i.e. me - just setting up Windows...)
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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by phd21 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:59 am

Hi afora,

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

It would help to know more about your system setup. If you run "inxi -Fxzd" and "lsusb" from the console terminal prompt, highlight the results, copy and paste them back here, that should provide enough information.

+1 for Mirage.

You might consider installing and trying XnViewMP, DigiKam with ShowFoto (recommend using the current AppImage), maybe Gwenview, etc... Some of the image browsers and image related applications Like DigiKam and its ShowFoto image browser can "index" your images to provide very fast access and previews once the index has been created or updated.


Hope this helps ...
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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by honey46222 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:07 pm

absque fenestris wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:04 am
I had a fast image viewer in Windows and I was really missing that.
What simple and fast viewer did you use in Windows?
(Old Linux and Mac user - i.e. me - just setting up Windows...)


I used ImageGlass. I had Windows 7.

https://imageglass.org/releases
This is the link to all versions because I was content to use an older version. Here are my notes that I kept regarding it. TBH, I don't remember if I ever upgraded it or not. It has all kinds of fancy skins etc. I was happy keeping it simple.

Ver 3.5.9.17

I installed ImageGlass and so far I am really liking it. GIF's actually move!!!

I can also zoom AND scroll with the up/down arrows in the webpages I've saved with awesome screenshot. I could zoom, but I could not scroll the enitre "page" in the Windows Photo Viewer. I had to move around the readable parts holding down the mouse.

There are a couple of plugins to try and maybe change the I'll change the skin.
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there is an update. this is the portable download. (version 5.5.7.26.zip) I'm not sure I want to upgrade, but I can get the exe from the update function in version 3. I like the simplicity of this one and it seems to do all I want. There is a zoom setting but I don't remember needing to set it before. So I've left it alone for now.

I unticked Media Preview as the default for images (that's the prog that fixed my mpc icons) before I installed this. So far images I have selected are coming up in ImageGlass immediately. So I'll wait for something that doesn't and then use the open with to select it as default.
I hope this is what you are looking for. Good luck!

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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by gm10 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:11 pm

While Mirage does its job well (certainly much better than Mint's terrible xviewer), it is abandoned software and will not be included in the upcoming Linux Mint 20, in case that is a consideration for you.

For Windows, IrfanView is always a staple recommendation.
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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by gittiest personITW » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:55 pm

gm10 wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:11 pm
While Mirage does its job well (certainly much better than Mint's terrible xviewer), it is abandoned software and will not be included in the upcoming Linux Mint 20, in case that is a consideration for you.

For Windows, IrfanView is always a staple recommendation.
Sob. :(
Irfanview, I miss you.
However, I personally can't go down the slippery slope into WINE as the cold turkey worked quite well. Can't dabble. Mustn't dabble.

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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by absque fenestris » Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:03 pm

Playing around with ImageGlass and it immediately reminded me of nomacs.
Whereby nomacs is still a bit faster... is available for all operating systems - but the settings need some patience.

https://nomacs.org
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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by afora » Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:52 pm

absque fenestris wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:04 am
What simple and fast viewer did you use in Windows?
(Old Linux and Mac user - i.e. me - just setting up Windows...)
I keep a very old copy of ACDSee editor/viewer which worked on WinXP and still works very well. My guess that it will be equivalent to something like this today: https://www.acdsee.com/en/products/photo-studio-home/.

I have not seen anything else opening large files as fast as this program. Not even close. Warning though, I cannot confirm the performance of their current version of the soft. It could be bloated and slow, or it could be just as remarkably fast.

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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by afora » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:02 pm

phd21 wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:59 am
It would help to know more about your system setup. If you run "inxi -Fxzd" and "lsusb" from the console terminal prompt, highlight the results, copy and paste them back here, that should provide enough information.
No worries, thank you for helping out!

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System:
  Host: e480 Kernel: 4.15.0-54-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.2.3 Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina 
  base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
CPU:
  Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-8250U bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Kaby Lake rev: A L2 cache: 6144 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 28800 
  Speed: 700 MHz min/max: 400/3400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 700 2: 712 
  3: 700 4: 700 5: 700 6: 700 7: 700 8: 700 
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 vendor: Lenovo driver: i915 v: kernel 
  bus ID: 00:02.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa 
  resolution: 1600x900~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel UHD Graphics 620 (Kabylake GT2) 
  v: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.2 direct render: Yes 
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Bus 002 Device 002: ID XXXX:XXXX Silicon Motion, Inc. - Taiwan (formerly Feiya Technology Corp.) Flash Drive
Bus 002 Device 001: ID XXXX:XXXX Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID XXXX:XXXX Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd 
Bus 001 Device 004: ID XXXX:XXXX Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID XXXX:XXXX Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by afora » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:10 pm

gm10 wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:11 pm
While Mirage does its job well (certainly much better than Mint's terrible xviewer), it is abandoned software and will not be included in the upcoming Linux Mint 20, in case that is a consideration for you.
What would be your recommendation to replace Mirage? Again, the key consideration is speed AND without indexing as I work with 20Mb images and open times are critical.

Tu!

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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by afora » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:15 pm

phd21 wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:59 am
You might consider installing [...]Gwenview
Just tried it, and Gwenview is *significantly* slower than Mirage. While ShowFoto is bettter but still slower than Mirage - I can see a delay, not just a flicker.

Anybody has any other suggestions about a modern fast viewer?

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Re: [SOLVED] Recommend fast image viewer

Post by gm10 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:15 am

afora wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:10 pm
What would be your recommendation to replace Mirage? Again, the key consideration is speed AND without indexing as I work with 20Mb images and open times are critical.
If it's only about speedy viewing, try feh, it's the fastest I know and what I am using. Lacks all image manipulation features though. Consider the --scale-down -x parameters (scales down large images to fit your screen and makes it an undecorated window, so only the image gets shown).

If you want the full feature set, then nomacs (already mentioned above) is a good choice, although they seem to be having some maintainer issues at Debian. The source is under active development though.
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