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What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby budz45 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:03 pm

Hello,

I have taken some time to prepare a full list of features/changes in XnView MP. This should better help new users or existing migrating XnView 1.9x users. I have looked through many forum topics to better collate this list.

Please feel free to help me further in this list. Please keep any criticism as constructive. Thanks.

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Virtually all of standard XnView's much loved features have been preserved for the 'Multi-Platform' (MP) version.

For XnView MP, notable features have been re-tweaked, enhanced and visually re-styled. XnView MP is intended to have a unified look and feel across all platforms it runs on. All core features and functionalities of the standard XnView 1.9x are all still present in XnView MP, whilst some features are scheduled to be re-introduced.

XnView MP has a more 'concise' approach in it's design, when comparing it to the standard XnView 1.9x. This conciseness can be visually seen in a lot of XnView MP's user menu's. For example, in the standard XnView 1.9x versions the information items (Info) for "command line", "registration", "what's new" and "licence agreement" were all available under separate items and would open in separate windows or instances. However in XnView MP, this has been re-styled to make all those same items still available, but now under a single ABOUT window with a tabs for each item. Several other concise-thought display methods now exist throughout XnView MP much like the aforementioned example.


XnView MP is provided as FREEWARE for private non-commercial or educational use (including non-profit organizations). XnView MP is supported on Windows, Mac, and Linux in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

XnView MP is NOT Open-source software.



New features in XnView MP compared to standard XnView:
  • Continued support for over 500* image, graphic and video formats
  • Continued support for WebP, APNG and other non-standard image formats.
  • Support for full internal bit depth pictures 8/16/32 bits per component
  • Improved Multi-core processing support in XnView MP
  • Open GL implementation in parts of XnView MP
  • Support for UNICODE - for a great amount of the world's, written language characters (in filenames, folders etc).
  • New and updated Language Translations. #see here & #see here
  • Language translations are convenient text-based files (.lng)
  • Tab dragging by 'sliding' to arrange (thanks to QT) which is similar to Google's Chrome web browser.
  • The "Recent files" menu now has better handling and small visual enhancements.
  • The application's "Options" has been renamed to "Settings"
  • Ability to create custom layout's in the Browser
  • Web Capture: A new ability to take an image screen capture of a webpage without needing a web browser.
  • Ability to disable starting the application with Browser opened, so in it's place an <Empty> tab is displayed.
  • Hotkey editing support: Ability to custom-specify own keys for various commands (in Settings>Interface>Shortcuts)
  • Fully re-styled Toolbar editor in the "Settings".
  • Quicker access to customizing the Browser or Viewer's toolbar (via right-clicking on the toolbar)
  • Support for Dual Monitors in XnView MP. viewtopic.php?f=60&t=22851
  • Spotlight: New* feature. Useful for screenshot editing, class/family photo's and education uses. viewtopic.php?f=34&t=21442
  • Newly added Keyboard and Mouse configurations in the "Settings".
  • JPEG reading can now use acceleration from SIMD instructions (2x faster)
  • The OpenEXR (plugin) is no longer a plugin, it's features are now natively incorporated into XnView MP viewtopic.php?f=36&t=23222
  • Support for viewing and uploading of Picasa, Flickr and other online albums. viewtopic.php?f=34&t=22939&p=94282
  • Better management of 'Categories'
  • The inclusion of 'libjpeg-turbo' library in XnView MP
  • Support for GeoTagging and GPS data in the EXIF viewtopic.php?f=34&t=20607&p=86404
  • Better support for High Quality image Zooming viewtopic.php?f=34&t=15079&p=62230
  • Better support for multipage TIFF files within 'Batch Convert' tool viewtopic.php?f=35&t=21312&p=88747
  • Support for Canon CR2 RAW format
  • Improved Database handling along with Database (DB) migration (for migrating the DB from standard XnView 1.9x)
  • New* A "Sessions" feature: XnView MP now has the ability to save and restore tabs as sessions for next program use.
  • The legacy XnView feature of "Open only one view for multiple files..." now works under the name "Single view for multi-opened files" setting
  • The 'Reopen' feature has been renamed to 'Reload'
  • Right-click on tab bar for "Tab settings" which links to and opens up the Settings>Interface>Tabs
  • Right-click on tab bar "Iconfiy" all opened tabs to a tab size of a 16x16 icon/thumbnail
  • A placeholder thumbnail for loading tab viewtopic.php?f=60&t=24922
  • New* support for photo Metadata tags such as 'LensID' viewtopic.php?f=74&t=24786
  • Support for 'Ini Tweaking' by manually text editing the xnview.ini file to enable features not found in the general program settings
  • Ability to clipboard Paste any text file-path into the Browser's address bar to launch a file
  • File's icon feature: A small smart feature that displays the file icon and root directory of any file associated file. This is now viewable within the XnView "Properties".
  • Drag & drop a file onto the Tab bar to open the supported file in the View
  • The feature "Open GPS location in GeoHack" can now be found under 'Tools' menu
  • AutoPlay option now exists which can disable instant automatic video playback
  • Newly designed application File-type Icons viewtopic.php?f=60&t=25002


GUI (look and feel) changes:
  • Newly designed XnView Logo/app icon - (thanks to thibaud) viewtopic.php?f=60&t=18896
  • The introduction and use of QT for the entire GUI of XnView MP (formerly the standard XnView used the 'Motif' widget toolkit).
  • Toolbar icons (created by mezich) with the retention and revamping of already familiar XnView toolbar icons. viewtopic.php?f=34&t=18263
  • Tab icons: Now there is the ability to choose to display a 'file icon' in place of a thumbnail on a tab.


"Fullscreen" & "Slideshow" changes:
  • New* A Fullscreen control bar (semi-transparent) for file navigation and slideshow control.
  • Thumbnail 'Filmstrip' ability of file list in Fullscreen (move the cursor to top of screen).
  • Option to disable fullscreen floating views


Re-tweaked \ Re-styled features:
  • The configuring of Image brightness, contrast, hue - are now under an all-in-one "Enhance colors" adjustment control
  • The conversion of Image binary, colors, grey's, 32bits etc - are now under an all-in-one "Change color depth" adjustment control
  • Ability to Restore-to-default the dial values (Reset button) for adjustment controls. viewtopic.php?f=60&t=21819
  • The adjusting of 'Conbright' and 'Gammasat' are now under an all-in-one "Conbright/Gammasat" control.
  • The "About" window is now presented as 'concise' tabbed interface with tabs for items that previously were accessible separately
  • The About window can optionally be opened as a tab viewtopic.php?f=60&t=24870
  • Tab behavior options for when double-clicking on a tabs


New features, for "Browser":
  • Full support for XMP metadata
  • Improved support for IPTC and EXIF metadata handling.
  • Speed-optimized loading of Thumbnails viewtopic.php?t=21149
  • Browser can now auto-focus to the view of the file after synchronizing with the Viewer
  • Enhancements to the "Batch Rename" feature
  • The same previous 'Batch Processing' feature of standard XnView has now been renamed to "Batch Convert" in XnView MP
  • The "Compare" feature now displays as a tab on the interface, not window (non-modal).
  • The "Batch Convert" feature can now optionally display as a tab on the interface (with the help of 'Shift' key).
  • Customizable Drag & drop GUI window layout courtesy of QT
  • Ability to open a 'File List' from a standard text file (.txt) or list file (.lst) viewtopic.php?f=34&t=21622
  • Ability to specify a Theme (like a skin) with custom colors and style scheme
  • A 'Dark' theme is available similar to Adobe's PS Lightroom (Thanks to AutoPano team)
  • Sort columns can now be Customizable
  • Sort columns are now included in Thumbnails view too -by enabling 'show header'
  • Tiled preview of selected images viewtopic.php?f=34&t=23019&p=95244
  • File(s) extensions removed on file's now displays native blank-file icon in Browser. File(s) are still readable.
  • Copy to clipboard FULL File path(s), Filename(s) only, Path(s) only, Image data and more
  • Thumbnails for SVG vector files
  • Ability to display a 'Line number' in Details view
  • A new option setting called "Mixed file/folder sorting" so that 'folders' and 'files' in a directory are not shown separately.
  • New* optional setting called "New files added at the end of the list" for Browser directories
  • Rating 'Stars' feature for image files is now present in the Browser "Preview" (whilst using mouseover)
  • Holding CTRL in a 'Browser' file-list directory can now more precisely do multiple selecting of files
  • Drag & Drop support for the filelist in "Batch Rename"


New features, for the "View":
  • New* Image Mapping features: 'Vignetting' and 'Old camera'
  • The addition of a 'Histogram' viewing feature
  • The "Properties" in view mode remembers both dialog window size, position and also remembers it's enabled/disabled tab containers
  • The "Crop" function now has an optional 'toolbar' for non-selection image cropping.
  • Crop toolbar: Ability to rotate a selection and Crop in one step viewtopic.php?f=60&t=18921&p=97515#p97515
  • New* A 'Pan' tool feature (it's a small preview display on lower-right corne above an image) can be enabled or disabled.
  • Ability to Pan an image in Fullscreen (using 'Pan tool' or optionally mouse hold-click)
  • Ability for Precise Image Zooming (enter a custom zoom %) viewtopic.php?f=34&t=21653
  • Ability to Start & Stop animated files e.g. GIF's (previously XnView could only just 'stop' animation only)
  • Status bar enhancement: Double-click to reset to beginning frame (both Animated files & Icon files)
  • Icon Snapshot: Ability to now view Windows/Mac/other Icon files as a 'Snapshot' display viewtopic.php?f=34&t=18751
  • Quick toggling between Icon's standard view and Icon snapshot view viewtopic.php?f=60&t=23248
  • Highest image page for Icon file's is now displayed first in a descending order.
  • Support for the RSRC icon file format. viewtopic.php?f=34&t=21103
  • Support for 256x256 and 512x512 page formats for ICNS and RSRC icons.
  • Ability to prescribe a "Rating & Color label" to any currently viewed image.
  • Ability to view a 'border line' around any image viewed
  • Drag & drop of an image file onto a view tab to replace the same view tab.
  • Holding CTRL (during file drag & drop) of image file to replace an existing opened view tab
  • Holding SHIFT with right-click can enable the 'Quick Zoom' feature of a viewed picture
  • Duplicate tabs: Ability to clone a copy of an already opened view tab. (The setting "Multiple view for same file" has to be enabled prior before using the 'Duplicate' feature.)
  • Maximum view tabs: Ability to set a maximum amount of opened view tabs, this setting has replaced the previous setting of "Only one image tab opened"


Planned upcoming features for XnView MP:
  • The 'Paint' application will no longer be a plugin but is natively included as part of XnView MP
  • The 'Effects' tools to make there return
  • The 'Open page number' feature to make it's return
  • Future optional viewing features for 'Icon Snapshots'
  • Future program enhancements (GUI transitions, animation)
  • ..and Much more



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Re: What's New in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby JohnFredC » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:29 pm

Perhaps this should be a sticky.
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby helmut » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:03 pm

Very good list, budz45! :-) The post is sticky, now. Please note that I've changed the title of the topic a bit in order to make clear that the above list is a list of differences between XnView MP and XnView Windows.
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby XnTriq » Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:30 pm

Lazy loading of thumbnails is another feature unique to MP's browser.
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby iphone6 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:48 pm

i like MP that it supports gesture, such as swiping 2 fingers to the right will go to the next image, to the left will go to previous image. ACDSee 1.6 doesn't support it yet.

But I have to very careful to swipe, because the speed to change to next images too fast!!!
the other system gesture, such as zoom in/out, rotate... still haven't been supported yet.
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby Saint-Oblas » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:53 am

Did I missed something, but I do not see the Diaporama feature anymore?
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby sourceavenger » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:14 pm

I have a probably obvious question but I cannot seem to figure out why no matter what I try its not working as intended. XNViewMP says here in the feature list it has multi-processor support but my cpu never goes above 15-16% usage and I have a AMD Phenom x6 1100t processor so I know if I could get it to use most if not all the cores it would improve my thumbnail building speed and the over all program performance. Is there some hidden setting im missing to allow more processor usage? I tried using process lasso to make sure cpu afinity is on all my cores, cpu parking is disabled, etc. Also I even gave realtime priority and high i/o priorty to xnviewmp which still hasnt allowed it to go past the above mentioned speed.

Thanks and I love XNViewMP :).
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby m.Th. » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:33 am

sourceavenger wrote:I have a probably obvious question but I cannot seem to figure out why no matter what I try its not working as intended. XNViewMP says here in the feature list it has multi-processor support but my cpu never goes above 15-16% usage and I have a AMD Phenom x6 1100t processor so I know if I could get it to use most if not all the cores it would improve my thumbnail building speed and the over all program performance. Is there some hidden setting im missing to allow more processor usage? I tried using process lasso to make sure cpu afinity is on all my cores, cpu parking is disabled, etc. Also I even gave realtime priority and high i/o priorty to xnviewmp which still hasnt allowed it to go past the above mentioned speed.

Thanks and I love XNViewMP :).


The thumbnail generation - is most probably - an I/O bound process rather than a CPU-bound one. IOW, the programs waits for the HDD (or even SSD) to service the file rather than CPU to extract the thumbnail from there - especially if we speak about file formats with embedded thumbs inside (JPG, some TIFF, Camera RAWs etc.).

Also, be sure to post your questions in new threads - here it is a little difficult to spot them :)
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby sourceavenger » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:26 am

Ahh okay, so is there any way to verify if thats the actual problem? I have my anti-virus and hips/sandboxing services off and have all the performance options for the drive enabled. Its a seperate drive than my internal drive. It is encrypted with Truecrypt so maybe it effects xnviews overall speed? Also, I will take your advice if I ever have any other questions ill post a new thread :).

Note: I also keep my external drive defragmented all the time so I dont believe its due to fragmentation. I use PerfectDisk to do that.
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby m.Th. » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:47 am

sourceavenger wrote:Ahh okay, so is there any way to verify if thats the actual problem? I have my anti-virus and hips/sandboxing services off and have all the performance options for the drive enabled. Its a seperate drive than my internal drive. It is encrypted with Truecrypt so maybe it effects xnviews overall speed? Also, I will take your advice if I ever have any other questions ill post a new thread :).

Note: I also keep my external drive defragmented all the time so I dont believe its due to fragmentation. I use PerfectDisk to do that.


You can use Performance Monitor for that. If your disk has a (big) waiting queue (which it is the most probable cause) then this is it.

If you have 3 disks then, the best layout would be: 1.) OS disk, 2.)XnViewMP's database disk 3.) Photos - if not you can have the OS and the DB disk on the same (which is the default) but the performance will not be the same.

Truecrypt certainly does make a difference, especially if it doesn't use the AES hardware instruction set which is to be found in the latest CPUs. Usually you do not need this unless if you have a laptop (if this is the case, then your HDD is slower than a desktop one) and/or you have very sensitive information. If you have sensitive data, then there are two cases:

1.) the photos are outside of this - then you must simply make a different partition for the TrueCrypt and leave the photos unencrypted
2.) the photos are sensitive and then you must live with this - a SSD will certainly help. BUT be aware because the paths, file names, EXIF data and thumbnails are stored in the XnView's DB and hence the DB must be protected also. And this is a bigger resource hog than it seems because DB file is changed often during the thumbnail generation (like in any other such program).

WRT to your defrag (PerfectDisk) if you have a SSD, isn't needed and the things will be actually worse. If you have an HDD... hmmm... I don't think that nowadays it will make a big difference. Anyway if you run it in idle times then it will be ok.
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby sourceavenger » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:44 am

Ahh okay I have the database on my system drive(which is AES encrypted) and my external drive has the photos ONLY, its AES encrypted aswell. CPU power definatlly isnt the bottleneck as my 6 core processor can handle pretty much anything ive thrown at it. The main issue seems to be speed of the disk itself. I have been defragmenting the drive, have it set for performance in its settings, disabled anti-virus and sandboxing applications and also changed the block size considering the drive only holds photos. I have no idea on how to increase performance anymore. My system drive isnt the issue with performance its the external.

I know truecrypt has about a 5-10% performance hit on the drive but I didn't think it would effect it as much as it did. I know my hardware isn't hadware accelerated with AES but my cpu/memory benchmarks for truecrypt show 900Mbp's. Is there any advanced settings or ways to improve disk i/o with xnviewmp?
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby m.Th. » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:05 am

My system drive isnt the issue with performance its the external.


If I read correctly the above ( :) ) you want the external drive to be faster. Usually there are some things here to consider (besides, of course, disabling TrueCrypt):

General hardware things:

1. The external I/O chain is a true USB3 ? Perhaps you know this but because you didn't mention it I'll write it for you: IOW, inside of the box is a fast SATA HDD which is in an external HDD box with a true USB3 controller connected through an USB3 cable (ok, this is easy - almost all cables support it) at an USB3 port (beware, not all USB ports on mobo are USB3. Just the blue ones).

2. IF the external drive is a Brand Name Box (IOW, you bought not only the empty box (it costs 10-20 $) but the box with the drive inside) it is possible that inside you have a 'green' HDD - i.e. a disk which is slower than the normal ones. (IOW in marketing speak: "the green disk consumes less energy and it is more environmental friendly." ...but this is achieved by lovering the rotation speed of the disk and hence the IO throughput).

XnView related things:

1. If you have to generate thumbnails for Raw files (iow CR2, NEF, ARW, ORW, PEF etc.) then you can speedup significantly the process by telling the engine to read only the embedded thumbnail from the file by setting "Use Embedded Preview" in Tools | Settings | View -> "Camera Raw use:" (explanation: usually the raw files contain one or more JPGs inside which are much smaller than the entire raw file and hence XnView can much more quickly read and generate the thumb).

2. You can put XnVIewMP to generate the thumbnails for an entire (sub)tree of folders in the idle/overnight times. There are several methods for this - perhaps the most simple is by going to Tools | Settings | Database and press 'Add Folder...'. Here if you'll choose the 'c:\foo', XnViewMP will scan the entire subtree of it (c:\foo, c:\foo\bar, c:\foo\bar\baz etc.)

just my2c & HTH
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Re: What's different in XnView MP [Full List]

Postby sourceavenger » Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:32 pm

Wow I cannot believe I missed what the actual bottleneck is. It's not the drive itself its because im using USB 2.0 :/. I don't have a usb for USB 3.0 and my external drive is actually usb 2.0 aswell. Sigh, im sorry for overlooking such an obvious bottleneck lol. I was thinking initially maybe it was the drive speed itself till you mentioned USB.
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