Navigate through images in random order (without creating a slideshow)

Ideas for improvements and requests for new features in XnView MP

Moderators: XnTriq, xnview

Post Reply
User avatar
winnylinny
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:35 pm

Navigate through images in random order (without creating a slideshow)

Post by winnylinny » Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:27 pm

Currently on XnViewMP 0.96 we cannot navigate through images in random order, unless we first open up the Browser, select all images in the directory, and then generate a slide show. Even after doing this, you are restricted to full screen and you cannot interact with the images (rotate, mirror, crop, zoom in, zoom out, ... )

Is it possible to implement a feature where we can open up an image in a directory, and simply use a keyboard shortcut (such as CTRL + M) to navigate in random order? Sometimes we just want to open up an image in a folder, and rather than go through our photos in sequential order, we'd like to go through them in random order as a nice "treat". Having to use the slideshow generator to do this every time is tedious and limited.

There are some other image viewers that allow you to go to the Next image, Previous image, or Random image. With XnViewMP, there is only Next and Previous. There is no Random.

In summary, it would be great if we can just go to a random image, instead of being restricted to only next and previous, without having to go through all the procedures of opening the Browser, selecting all images, creating a slideshow, and being limited to only full screen without any means to interact with the images.
Last edited by winnylinny on Sun May 03, 2020 12:24 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
helmut
Posts: 8214
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2003 6:47 pm
Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Re: Scroll through images in random order (without creating a slideshow)

Post by helmut » Fri May 01, 2020 9:49 am

Welcome to the XnView forum and thank you for your suggestions, winnylinny.

Perhaps a different approach to your requirement:

Currently, In the browser of XnView MP, the user can create an arbitrary manual order by dragging the thumbnails of the images to the desired position.

Suggestion:
Perhaps there could be a "Shuffle" function in browser mode which shuffles the images (=thumbnails) randomly. The shuffling could be another way to influence the manual sort order of the images.

This might be a good and simple way to meet your requirement. What do you think?

User avatar
winnylinny
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:35 pm

Re: Scroll through images in random order (without creating a slideshow)

Post by winnylinny » Sun May 03, 2020 12:16 am

helmut wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 9:49 am
This might be a good and simple way to meet your requirement. What do you think?
That would make a nice addition to using the Browser, but it still requires extra steps for the end-user.

Some Image Viewers allow you to navigate...
* Previous file
* Next file
* Random file

XnViewMP only allows...
* Previous file
* Next file


random-navigation.jpg
What would greatly enhance the user experience is a simple "Random file" navigation button or keyboard shortcut (or both).


This would not require extra steps in the Browser prior to actually opening up an image. With my suggestion, simply opening an image from the operating system's file manager would allow a user to navigate through their images in sequential order or random order.

User avatar
helmut
Posts: 8214
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2003 6:47 pm
Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Re: Navigate through images in random order (without creating a slideshow)

Post by helmut » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:36 pm

In view mode, there are toolbar buttons "Previous file" and "Next file". And in the menu "View > File >" you can find even more entries for navigation but there's no "Random file", yet:
Navigate-Random.png
Navigate-Random.png (19.98 KiB) Viewed 153 times
Perhaps there should be a way to get a random order both in browser mode and in view mode. Perhaps something like this:
Browser mode: View > Sort by > Random
Image View mode: View > File > Random (function should be available via menu, toolbar button, and keyboard shortcut)

User avatar
winnylinny
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:35 pm

Re: Navigate through images in random order (without creating a slideshow)

Post by winnylinny » Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:05 am

helmut wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:36 pm
Perhaps there should be a way to get a random order both in browser mode and in view mode. Perhaps something like this:
Browser mode: View > Sort by > Random
Image View mode: View > File > Random (function should be available via menu, toolbar button, and keyboard shortcut)
That would be perfect!

Post Reply