Updated to v1.0.1 on 5/4/2014 - Scroll down version notes.
This is a little tool I wrote that I've been meaning to package into a desktop application for a while. "refBoard" is basically a simple image viewer, but designed specifically for artists. (* Requires Adobe AIR) Here's why it might be useful:
- Very discrete window chrome and UI to stay out of the way.
- Always stays on top of other applications. (Window is collapsible.)
- Every function can be performed between the left, right, and middle mouse buttons and scroll wheel.
- Open as many images as you want simultaneously, and arrange them on the board however you like.
- Supports .jpg, .gif. and .png file formats.
- Works on Windows and OSX via Adobe AIR.
- Save boards for use in multiple sessions.
Here's what the tool looks like in action:
You can grab it here!
Documentation is included in the install folder, or you can click the little "?" in the bottom left corner.
Yes, there are alternatives out there, but here's one more! Enjoy guys Update: v1.0.1
- Contextual Menu: Right-click now opens a contextual menu, allowing users to perform any relevant actions bound to a click event. New features will also appear here in future updates.
- Saving! Users can now save refBoards as .refb files. Save and load options are located in the contextual menu. Double clicking a .refb in the system's explorer will launch refBoard (if it isn't open already) and automatically load that board's information. This method can also be used to rapidly switch between boards, but be sure to save any changes to the old board first.
Note: .refb's do not currently save dependencies. They contain only url and placement information. If a ref's image file is moved, deleted or renamed, the board will still load, but the affected entries will be omitted. (refBoard will throw an alert when this occurs.) Users may however, move and rename .refb's without affecting their performance.
- Zooming now centers on the mouse location.
- The degree to which users can zoom out on refs is no longer limited to size of the ref's frame.
- The amount zoomed on scroll has been adjusted to be based on the ref image's current size, rather than its original size.
- Ref UI now fades on mouse out and reappears on mouse over.
- Double clicking the board now opens the "Add image" prompt. (Formerly assigned to right-click.)
- App window restores automatically when maximized. (Maximize and full screen will be addressed in future updates.
- Resolved a scaling issue when importing certain images.
Also if anyone has any suggestions or feedback, especially Mac users since I haven't tested it there yet, toss me a PM.