I've been using ACDSee for years, but recently got a new job where we don't have it. Checked out the free options and XnView seems to fit the bill nicely, but I can't find a "always on top" option anywhere in it. Does it even exist? If not, any suggestions for an alternative (not Irfanview though...didn't like that one much).
I myself don't need it as an editor,- its a pure viewer for me which is why I need it to be:
- snappy, fast - quick to start up / switch between thumbnail mode and image view
- minimalistic: don't need bloaty GUI experiments, needs to display images only
so naturally I map it to be use-able with my mouse alone, and use only the keyboard for additional stuff.
edit: as for the image view,- this is the way I like it:
just the image + windows menu + status bar
I think the tabs are a stupid idea because it takes a single key or click to go to the thumbnail view.
The other big buttons looks as if they were made for consumers (= not so expierenced computer users) - so I disable it because I don't need big buttons that waste space.
I even actually started writing a slick image viewer in OpenGL before figuring out just WHY so few people still use it these days. I fucked up the grid-placement algorithm anyway, so it's now a C#/DirectX project if I ever get around to it again.
So yeah, if XnView can do smooth panning and I've just never found it, that would be nice :P
Works for me very smooth - but I guess you mean perhaps something else?
It's kind of sad really. Even ACDsee recently fell into the trap of assuming all of its users use fit-to-screen and only zoom in to compare identical photos and thus removed the pan-lock toggle in favor of always-on pan-lock. You now have to go through a whole rigamarole of zoom-lock+zoom+pan+unzoom just to get the damn thing to start at the top of successive images ¬_¬ The promised to sort of fix it... next year... but it just goes to show that some people don't even have a clue what people are using their program for (In the case of pan-lock, comics and such)
well yes that indeed is not available or not well supported- maybe some of the other 'free' viewers come with that feature like irvanView, picasa, ...
You can press M to quickly toggle to your Alpha channel. Is nice
some other nice ones I just read up:
[F4] = Open With Associated Editor (edit in photoshop)
in the thumbnails mode
[ESC] = stop thumbnail creation (if it hangs, like network drives or VPN connection)
[F7] = new folder (windows does not have something like this by default)
recently I helped out my father with a online gallery, and I found this neat little php script (just 1 file):
it acts like XnView but on your server + you also don't need to install it. Just drop that php file into your gallery folder and it will create automatically just like xnView or Acdsee thumbnails of the images and folders. You can even browse through the images almost like the applications.
Its also easy to modify the colors and some xtra stuff if you feel to need to.