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XnViewMP or XnView MP?

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 2:36 pm
by arch21
I would love to see consistency of the name on anything related to software (folders, shortcut, file description, product name, etc) if possible for the better. Thanks for this great software. Regards :)

Re: XnViewMP or XnView MP?

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 4:20 pm
by cday
arch21 wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 2:36 pm
I would love to see consistency of the name on anything related to software (folders, shortcut, file description, product name, etc) if possible for the better. Thanks for this great software. Regards :)
The name was changed from XnViewMP to XnView MP when, following frequent confusion between XnViewMP and the original program XnView, it was decided to rename the original program to XnView Classic, and for consistency, including in the forum headings, to refer to XnViewMP also using two words as XnView MP.

However, confusion still continues to some extent, and the single-word name is also still used to some extent, as in the executable file xnviewmp.exe for example, so not a perfect solution. In addition, posters often refer to 'XnView' within posts, even when posting in the correct forum section...

XnView software has usually been released with a single-word name (XnView and XnViewMP until recently), XnConvert, XnRetro, XnSketch, XnShape, plus NConvert (command line).

With XnView MP now nearing version 1.00, I wonder if it might be a good time to look to the future and consider renaming both existing programs to avoid future confusion, to for example XnClassic (or other, better name) and XnUltra (or other, better name) :?:

So single words for both starting with Xn for consistency with other XnView software, and names that can't easily be confused...

The transition would itself cause some confusion, of course, and I'm not sure what the consequences would be for the forum in the short term. However, the forum software allows the display of a banner heading, so the new names could be announced clearly, with guidance on how to search the forum.

A bold suggestion, and I wouldn't want to take any responsibility for the consequences, but looking to the next 20 or 30 years of XnView.com and taking Pierre up to retirement, if he ever does... And absolutely for Pierre alone to decide... :wink: