GwenView ReView - The Linux killer application?

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hi all,

    Here's one for you: does Linux have a killer app?

    Could GwenView be that killer app? I've written a review of GwenView, a KDE-based, elegant, powerful, multi-featured image viewer for Linux. So you tell me what you think.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gwenview.html


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. lewmur

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    Just my personal take, but no "image viewer," no matter how good, could possibly qualify as a "killer app." Just how much time does anyone spend viewing images? Hmmo_O Maybe for porn addicts?;) And just how much better is this one compared to the multitude of image viewers already available?

    About the only feature I can think of that isn't available in any image viewer I've seen is an easy way to adjust contrast and brightness as you page through images.

    Come up with a compiler that will compile VB6 source to run in Linux and you'll have a real killer app!!!
     
  3. Mrkvonic

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    Well, since I have to prepare 20-50 images per article for the website, working with image viewers/image processing apps is a major part of my computing experience, so I definitely need them to be fast, useful, productive.

    Considering that I have 5,000-6,000 tutorial screenshots strewn about, this is quite important, including minimalistic tweaks like shadows, effect, etc.

    Oh, I'm an addict too ... :)

    Mrk
     
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    Witch program did you previously use for these tasks under Ubuntu?
     
  5. Mrkvonic

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    Well, GIMP mainly, but it's too slow.
    I also use IrfanView quite a bit as I work on Windows, as well ...
    Mrk
     
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    Don't have a web site, not an addict, and have all of 20 photos of my niece and Yankee Stadium on my computer. However, I like gthumb for Ubuntu. Fast with some simple editing tools. I had gwenview under kde, but did not use it enough to make a comparison.
     
  7. lewmur

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    Yeah, but Mrk, you are a superuser!:D I thought, by definition, the "killer app" that some pundits claim is missing in Linux is the one that would convince the MS "masses" to switch to Linux.:D

    And I'm not addicted. I can quit any time I want!
     
  8. lewmur

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    Hmm?? Are we talking image "viewers" here or "editors?" I do know a lot of people claim that Photoshop keeps them in the Windows camp.
     
  9. Mrkvonic

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    Both, for example IrfanView is a viewer, but it can do quick hacks like rotate, crop, some effects, etc, same with GwenView. When I need serious work, I use GIMP. Quick & dirty, work on images, don't waste time, that style of thing ...
    Mrk
     
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    Wouldn't gThumb compare better with GwenView? Did you already try Krita for editing?
     
  11. Mrkvonic

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    Would have to work with those to see ...
    Mrk
     
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    I like GwenView, comes up a default view in KDE4 and I am likeing it. It's a real nice basic viewer.

    Mrk, do you use anything for organizing your vast collection of images?
     
  13. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Well, logically named folders ... Works fine so far.
    Mrk
     
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    LOL. Fancy that, we use the same system. I have tried a few "picture organizers", none of them excited me.
     
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    How would you put it against digikam? I know you have made a review before of digikam. I just wonder since its both fast and powerful for viewing and editing pictures, think you get two programs with the install (digikam and showphoto).
     
  16. Mrkvonic

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    chris, must be the old school attitude ... tagging was never my style ...
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    I've got a couple thousand Fx bookmarks, all placed in logically named folders. No tagging here either.
     
  18. chronomatic

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    I've been using Gwenview for a long time on KDE and it is indeed a wonderful image viewer.
     
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