Usability: Compare with quick way to toggle images

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Usability: Compare with quick way to toggle images

Post by helmut » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:56 pm

For a long time, I have an idea for comparing images on my mind. Now, I found that I have posted this idea two years, ago:
helmut in [url=http://newsgroup.xnview.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=19517&hilit=compar%2A+image%2A]Two or multi image Comparison utility[/url] wrote:For two images I'd find it efficient to have both pictures at the same position. By default picture A is shown, while pressing left mouse button picture B is shown. This way you can toggle very quickly between the two images.

Perhaps this behaviour could be added when using tabs and two images.
This comparison would work for two images, only. Nevertheless I still think this would be a very usable way to compare images.

Other opinions or even experience with a tool that supports this?

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Re: Usability: Compare with quick way to toggle images

Post by oops66 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:01 am

helmut wrote:...while pressing left mouse button picture B is shown
Hello helmut,
+1 I support, it's a good idea (but must also show the name of the selected picture)
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Re: Usability: Compare with quick way to toggle images

Post by helmut » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:22 pm

oops66 wrote:
helmut wrote:...while pressing left mouse button picture B is shown
Hello helmut,
+1 I support, it's a good idea (but must also show the name of the selected picture)
Thanks for your feedback, oops66. I think both filenames should be shown and the currently hidden image file should be greyed out and/or marked somehow. This way the user can see which files are compared and which file is currently displayed.

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Re: Usability: Compare with quick way to toggle images

Post by oops66 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:54 am

Hello,
...A problem than I can see is: if more than 2 pictures are compared, in this case maybe it's better to use a shortkey "n" as "next" instead (...while pressing left mouse button picture B is shown) so by this way we can have (if "n" is pressed) ...Picture B - C - D - etc... - A - B -C - etc...
...So all filenames should be shown and all hidden image file should be greyed out and/or marked somehow
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Re: Usability: Compare with quick way to toggle images

Post by helmut » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:07 pm

oops66 wrote:Hello,
...A problem than I can see is: if more than 2 pictures are compared, in this case maybe it's better to use a shortkey "n" as "next" instead (...while pressing left mouse button picture B is shown) so by this way we can have (if "n" is pressed) ...Picture B - C - D - etc... - A - B -C - etc...
...So all filenames should be shown and all hidden image file should be greyed out and/or marked somehow
?
Right, I didn't think about comparison of more than 2 images. Your suggested shortcut "n" sounds reasonable to me, but I guess most people won't know or try. Perhaps cursor left/right plus the page up/down keys might be better for navigating through the images.

EDIT: In addition to the above shortcuts, the keys "1", "2", "3", and "4" might be assigned to navigate to a specific images. By pressing a key, the appropriate image (1,2,3, or 4) is displayed.

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Re: Usability: Compare with quick way to toggle images

Post by oops66 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:11 pm

helmut wrote:... Perhaps cursor left/right plus the page up/down keys might be better for navigating through the images.
Right, why not.
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Re: Usability: Compare with quick way to toggle images

Post by XnTriq » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:00 pm

The implementation in Corel PHOTO-PAINT is close to perfect:
XnTriq ([url=http://newsgroup.xnview.com/viewtopic.php?p=82142#p82142]Two or multi image Comparison utility[/url]) wrote:I would love to have something like the scrollable thumbnail list and the split preview of Corel PHOTO-PAINT's Image Adjustment Lab in XnView!
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Re: Usability: Compare with quick way to toggle images

Post by cordovan66 » Fri May 31, 2013 7:47 pm

Unless I'm missing something, I think you can already do this in xnview.
Select the images you want to compare. Press Shift-C. check "Use tabs".
**Double click one of the tab names**.
Then use left and right arrow keys to switch between images.

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