Jeremy Hogan replied to Jonas with several recommendations about finding an Irfanview alternative on Linux:
[There are] too many alternatives to list, if my understanding of IrfanView is correct. [Irfanview] version 3.95 is currently released as freeware. For viewing, ElectricEyes, GhostView,GQview, KuickShow, Kview and ImageMagick. For simple edits (the only other thing Irfan seems to do) Gimp.
The Gentoo distribution wiki also has a listing of Windows equivalent graphic programs (scroll down to the "Graphics" section). Neither the Gentoo page, nor Jeremy's post grapple with some features of Irfanview that I really want to keep. They don't consider look-feel-function-style issues that make an application what it is. I've used Irfanview for years, and I consider it a mandatory addition to my Windows OS installs. I've used Linux for about 16 years. Here are uses of Irfanview I'm trying to replace:
- Scan multiple pages through a duplex scanner and save them as a tiff file. Reload the tiff file (doing so enables the multi-page access of Irfanview), and print the entire document to a pdf file with a program like Adobe Acrobat or PrimoPDF.
- Photocopy without a photo copy machine. Irfanview pipes images from a scanner to a printer, directly.
- The "T" option, which immediately lets me browse, delete, sort, and organize hundreds of digital camera pictures. I like the "T" function, and I want it in a separate detached window like Irfanview does.
- Nearly instantaneous crop, rotate, delete, and re-save. This is mandatory stock trade of anyone who takes lots of pictures.
- Macro image adjustments such as color, hue, brilliance, contrast, special effects, etc. For adjusting only regions of a picture, I use GIMP.
- Generate slideshows. I can save them as free-standing executables or screen savers.
- Intuitive and flexible printing - original size, best fit, stretch, custom size absolute, scale, offsets, center, header, footnote, multipage.
- Batch processing such as batch file type conversion, and file renaming (reconciling images from different cameras).
- Tiling images for efficient bulk printing on a large format ink plotter, or building decimated, tiled images for eBay posting.
- Instant display of image meta data.
- Capture screenshot, crop, save - for documentation or educational material.
- Intelligent view display choices.
I haven't been happy with any of the Linux replacements. Jeremy Hogan's post made me isolate in my mind why I like Irfanview. I hope it is eventually released under Linux. In the meantime, I am pursuing two paths:
- Investigate running Irfanview in a Windows environment under Linux using Wine.
- Find a suit of alternate programs that each bring in some of the features I desire.
I found a few pages that discuss ways to get IrfanView running under the Linux Wine emulator. I have not had luck getting this to work [ed note: no longer true]. Of course, it may just be my level of commitment and discipline. If a project of this scope goes beyond an hour, there are just other things of life that take my time.
It's been fun trying other programs under linux to see what I could find to replace Irfanview. I've tried ElectricEyes, GhostView,GQview, KuickShow, Kview, ImageMagick, GPhoto, and GIMP.
KuickShow was my favorite Irfanview replacement until they deleted the action of the DEL key when quickly flipping through images with PgUp and PgDwn. As of 2008, KuickShow is no longer released as part of the Mandrake distribution of Linux to which I've grown attached, so it became harder to install than convenience allows.
I like the html-generating features of GPhoto 2 (which has been relabeled as FLPhoto). This html generating feature is one capability that even Irfanview didn't provide. For daily review and crop operations, I have settled on GQview because it lets me mimic the quick review/rotate/delete features I used to like in Kuickshow.Summer 2008 photo-handling Update:
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