Flick through Photos with the Photo Image Viewer

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Dec 17, 2012 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Photo is not the most sophisticated image viewer out there, but it offers a perfect blend of simplicity and flexibility that makes it a handy utility, indeed. This lightweight application has a full-screen keyboard shortcuts-driven interface which doesn't stand in your way. This alone makes Photo an ideal tool for showcasing your snaps. As you would expect, Photo supports a wide range of graphics formats, including JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and PPM.

Practically all common actions in Photo (zoom in out, show next or previous previous photo, open file, etc.) can be performed using keyboard shortcuts. The application also allows you to edit the default key bindings as well as specify custom shortcuts. To do this, evoke the main menu by moving the mouse to the top edge of the interface, choose Settings, and switch to the Shortcuts section. While you are at it, you might as well adjust other settings. For example, you can enable the tray icon and configure the transition effect in the Interface section. If you'd like to display EXIF metadata when viewing photos, use Ctrl+E to show and hide the widget. You can then specify which specific EXIF entries to show in the Settings | Exif Information section.

Photo won't replace viewers like Geeqie, gThumb, or Gwenview, but it can come in handy in situations when you want to view or show a bunch of photos with a minimum of fuss. The project's website provides binary packages for many popular Linux distributions, including Mageia, Ubuntu, openSUSE, and Arch.

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