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XnView Impressions

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Just want to be sure I am not missing something or am not having some wierd problem...
I tried out XnView (free version) and then the XnView Deluxe trial version.

Here are my observations of Deluxe, which has better features than the regular free version and a better interface, but:

no PhotoShop PSD write
no animated gif preview?

thumbs very quick, but large files (5MB+) extremly slow to view and even preview.

no right click drag to copy or move
lft clk move only or the "copy to"

no off line reading and catalog of cd or other media
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doane wrote:Here are my observations of Delux, which has better features then the regular free version and a better interface, but:
no PhotoShop PSD write
Yes, not yet implemented
no animated gif preview?
No, you have gif preview
thumbs very quick, but large files (5MB+) extremly slow to view and even preview.
which format?
no right click drag to copy or move
lft clk move only or the "copy to"
Sorry i don't understand?
no off line reading and catalog of cd or other media
Not yet.
Pierre.
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xnview wrote:
doane wrote:Here are my observations of Delux, which has better features then the regular free version and a better interface, but:
no PhotoShop PSD write
Yes, not yet implemented
no animated gif preview?
No, you have gif preview
thumbs very quick, but large files (5MB+) extremly slow to view and even preview.
which format?
no right click drag to copy or move
lft clk move only or the "copy to"
Sorry i don't understand?
no off line reading and catalog of cd or other media
Not yet.
Pierre.
Hi, Pierre:

I hope some of these are problems and not design, because I really like the program. If I understood all your replies:

No off line cataloging of files - future plan

No PhotoShop PSD write - future plan

No animated GIF - only static gif view?

Can not right mouse drag files to move or copy as in Windows Explorer - I'm trying to remember now (it not installed) - can only use left click drag move or the "copy to" in the menu?

Only other annoyance I remember was that from full screen browse mode, you couldn't dbl click to exit back to the folder/file lists, but I may have missed some other method besides clicking on the button to exit, and I suppose that's just habit :wink:

I do a lot of scans of drawings and they end up around 5mb BMPs grayscale and then they get edited and end up as psd files about the same size or as big as 40-50 mb when stitched together as full color files. XnView and Deluxe are probably just as fast as ACDSee at thumb generation, and the cache feature really works nicely, but the preview window generation, and the full screen browse through of folders when they have large images are painfully slow. I also noticed this while looking through a cd of Kodak PCD files at high res 3022x2048x24 they were only about 3.5-4.5 mb each, but again, the program just bogs down in the preview window or in the full screen browse windows with about 3 second waits for each file to load. I also tried setting the load ahead feature in preferences, it helped, but not while advancing continuously. I viewed the same CD and files with ACDESee and there was no lag.

I'm not trying to bash your program, I'm very impressed with it and I like the very clean, well done interface. I've looked at Thumbs+, Conpupix, and some others and I was most impressed with your deluxe version of XnView, especially the fact that it supports viewing of Xara xar files and the CoralDraw previews and many other files.
I did not spend the time to explore the data base capability of XnView... in ACDSee I use some catagories which are customizable, but mostly, when I do use the data base, it's to indicate ratings which I can then sort by or search for. Another reason I don't use it more is that in ACDSee v6.0.3 they have been having so many problems with it and I don't want to risk loosing a bunch of cataloging work.


Thanks, :)
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Sorry for the repeated posts, I was having some problems posting the message above to you this morning, don't know if it was your server, but it just sat there. I also forgot to sign in, thus the post as a "guest"
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Anonymous wrote:No off line cataloging of files - future plan
No PhotoShop PSD write - future plan
Yes
No animated GIF - only static gif view?
No you have already animated gif support.
Can not right mouse drag files to move or copy as in Windows Explorer - I'm trying to remember now (it not installed) - can only use left click drag move or the "copy to" in the menu?
Sorry i don't udnerstand. Left click is for dragging.
I do a lot of scans of drawings and they end up around 5mb BMPs grayscale and then they get edited and end up as psd files about the same size or as big as 40-50 mb when stitched together as full color files. XnView and Deluxe are probably just as fast as ACDSee at thumb generation, and the cache feature really works nicely, but the preview window generation, and the full screen browse through of folders when they have large images are painfully slow. I also noticed this while looking through a cd of Kodak PCD files at high res 3022x2048x24 they were only about 3.5-4.5 mb each, but again, the program just bogs down in the preview window or in the full screen browse windows with about 3 second waits for each file to load. I also tried setting the load ahead feature in preferences, it helped, but not while advancing continuously.
Is it possible to have a file?
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Pierre:
OK, I reinstalled XnView regular and will wait till you come out with the off line cataloging before buying the delux version.
Yes, the animated gif does work, don't know why it wasn't before...
I found the option to turn on dbl-clk return to folders/files window- sorry

Am uploading a PCD file for you to dl and check out.. they all load extremly slowly in the preview window and in the full screen mode.
It's in a zip at this url: http://rhoag.com/pix/pcd_example.zip

It's a large file, 3.5mb zip, about 4mb pcd file.

Thanks,
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doane wrote:Am uploading a PCD file for you to dl and check out.. they all load extremly slowly in the preview window and in the full screen mode.
It's in a zip at this url: http://rhoag.com/pix/pcd_example.zip
Ok, xnview reads the picture as full resolution, see options/read/pcd
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doane wrote:Am uploading a PCD file for you to dl and check out.. they all load extremly slowly in the preview window and in the full screen mode.
It's in a zip at this url: http://rhoag.com/pix/pcd_example.zip
Ok, xnview reads the picture as full resolution, see options/read/pcd
Pierre.
OK, I already knew about that option for PCD files. Yes, if I set it at 758x512 it loads very quickly, but you can't zoom in for detail any more, quess it's a trade off. Problem is I'm having the same problem with any large files.
If you take any large full color PSD, BMP, etc, over 10 meg you start noticing it and when you get over 20 meg there is a big lag, several seconds, in loading in the preview or full window. I reinstalled the Delux version again and I also noticed that it seems to be slower in the Delux version then it is in the regular version. I don't know if this is a problem or just a design limitation?
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Anonymous wrote:If you take any large full color PSD, BMP, etc, over 10 meg you start noticing it and when you get over 20 meg there is a big lag, several seconds, in loading in the preview or full window. I reinstalled the Delux version again and I also noticed that it seems to be slower in the Delux version then it is in the regular version. I don't know if this is a problem or just a design limitation?
This can take some seconds to load such files. Your files are compressed or not?
Pierre.
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xnview wrote:
Anonymous wrote:If you take any large full color PSD, BMP, etc, over 10 meg you start noticing it and when you get over 20 meg there is a big lag, several seconds, in loading in the preview or full window. I reinstalled the Delux version again and I also noticed that it seems to be slower in the Delux version then it is in the regular version. I don't know if this is a problem or just a design limitation?
This can take some seconds to load such files. Your files are compressed or not?
Pierre.
No, they are just large, mostly, psd, tiff and bmp files
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