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Media browsers


video and image browser options in Linux (best so far)
(not including audio media which obviously is catered for with the many music players around, especially audacious)

 Application Pro's Con's
thunar 
  • good display of thumbs with tumbler (Ctrl-1) 
  • open videos with gnome-mplayer or other
  • open images with an image viewer or feh slideshow
  • custom action scripts can be made for right-click menu e.g. for resizing images
  • involves using two app's to browse, not one 
  • thumbnails may not load for large files
geeqie
  • this is a very souped up mirage or ristretto with file browser ability
  • heaps of preferences
  • Ctrl-E for Exif info
  • no video support
  • searching in a small file browser is complicated I think, especially as whole computer directory tree is there
Xf image
  • customizable component colors (set in X File Explorer settings)
  • easy navigation single click up and down levels
  • can be slow generating thumbnails
  • thumbnails are rather small due to the file name taking space
  • file order 25 comes before 3 etc
  • too basic
picasa 
  • browse folders and view images and some video (mp4, mpeg, avi?) within app window, 
  • continuous scrolling through folders or albums
  • easy n essential enhancement tools, 
  • easy batch tagging, 
  • make selections with 'hold' in tray or starring, or add to album
  • fast export (size/Qual reduction) 
  • easy uploading to Picasa Web Albums, 
  • very fast tag/folder/album name 'wildcard' search
  • supports moving files and folders
  • thumbs are too spaced out, 
  • permanent bright background colour!
  • watched folders can take up a lot of space on left-hand panel -no multiple users/library option 
  • it's been discontinued for Linux now  
  • creates a HUGE photo cache
  • annoying animation of travelling to the next album
gwenview 
  • ease of navigation from directories to thumbs to images and back up again
  • jump to full-screen for selected image or browsing all
  • good view of thumbnails with thumbnail zooming
  • can adjust background colour to dark
  • fully configurable keyboard shortcuts
  • kipi plugins add a lot of tools and export options
  • It really does a good job for browsing
  • drag-select of thumbs is only poss from the right hand edge
  • videos don't open up full-screen
  • playing of mp4 not possible? mpeg crashes
  • don't need a toolbar! -remove all icons and it goes
  • grey bar at bottom is almost unbearable while browsing/viewing
  • whole system can be browsed -so not helpful for biginners who may get lost
digikam
  • keeps your albums (directories) in collections -so you are not fumbling around in /media or somewhere in the system with no images
  • powerful search and filter to find images, e.g. with tags, or geolocation
  • can browse thumbnails of an album with all its child album images together -also can make a slide show of them all
  • powerful editing tools (see my next page on image processing)
  • needs some time to start up
  • no video support?
gthumb
  • plays video with easy selecting of next or any from thumbnail strip
  •  small thumbnail images and lots of grey
Xnview MP  
  • this is the best application for showing thumbnails as compacted tiles with customisable interface -colours and panels
  • full iptc keywords management and filtering
  • has good image handling tools
  • keyboard shortcuts
  • support for any file type
  • some videos don't play
  • excluding folders from database doesn't work
  • no export to Picasaweb
 XBMP
  • Nice looks - large buttons interface for ease of control while viewing on a TV
  • can make groups (albums) of different directories
  • easily plays movies, images, music, whatever.
  • Hard to get to the Settings following the row of buttons underneath main bar.  
  • Can't run on an Atom-powered netbook
  • doesn't show a wall of thumbnails just file name list
  • Quit button shows PC shutdown and hibernate!


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