NeonView 0.8.0 Released With Many New Features

For this new release the code has been completely rewritten and NeonView was ported to GTK+ 3. There is a rather big list of changes, some of the most important including a completely redesigned interface, two sidebar panels for thumbnail previews and image information, rewritten code for parsing the config file, redesigned settings window, and a whole bunch of new fixes and improvements. Of course, since NeonView was ported to GTK+ 3 and the code was rewritten, there are still many bugs present, which should be triaged by the time 0.8.1 will arrive. Please report any bugs found in the comments below.

Here’s how 0.8.0 looks like in GNOME 3:

Codename: Ancistrus – NeonView in KDE4

The left panel provides thumbnail previews of the images in the current directory:

The right panel shows image information:

NeonView thrives for simplicity, and its goal is to always keep a clean, simple interface. The Tools menu allows to show or hide the toolbar, status bar and the two panels:

The Settings window has been redesigned too:

And here’s a list of the most important changes:

  • completely rewritten, ported to GTK+ 3
  • added two side panels: thumbnail previews and image info
  • added possibility to show or hide the panels, the taskbar and the status bar
  • redesigned interface, redesigned settings window
  • improved parsing and handling of the config file
  • now has support for all formats handled by GdkPixbuf (about 30 formats)

For the complete changelog, take a look here.

Please keep in mind that this is work still in development and has some bugs, it would be of much help to try this and give me all the feedback you can.

Download NeonView 0.8.0 (Binary)

Download NeonView 0.8.0 (Source Tarball)

For the binary package, just untar it and copy the neonview executable anywhere on your hard disk. To compile the source tarball, you need the GTK+ 3 development libraries, make and gcc (sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-dev build-essential should do it in Ubuntu, Mint and such). Next type make && sudo make install in the source directory.

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  1. Dan Craciun
    Posted February 17, 2013 at 4:28 AM | Permalink

    * There are still some nasty bugs which I am aware of, I will try to fix them in 0.8.1.
    * Currently there is no application icon, if someone cares to make (or recommend) one I’d be glad to use it (a permissive license is a must, obviously).
    * There is no PPA for Ubuntu yet, as soon as I’ll get the time I will set up one. Version 0.6.0 was packaged for Frugalware and Zenwalk in the past. Just download the binary package and copy the ‘neonview’ binary anywhere on your hard disk. Should work on any distribution using GTK+ 3. Alternatively you can compile it yourself by uncompressing the source package and issuing ‘make && sudo make install’ in that directory (it installs by default in /usr/local/bin/neonview). GTK+ 3 development libraries, make and gcc should be installed prior to compiling (e.g. sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-dev build-essential).
    * No fullscreen, no slideshow, no file browser, no image scrolling by mouse-dragging yet. But I consider these a must and they will be implemented, if not in 0.8.1, then in 1.0.
    * Images are not sorted in any particular order, 0.8.1 should fix this.
    * No Windows port, however I plan on releasing one, probably when it hits 1.0.
    * Bug reports & comments: please use the comments below since the forum is currently closed. Should be up and running soon. *Any* suggestions are highly welcome!
    * I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it and please give me all the feedback you can! 🙂

  2. Philipp
    Posted February 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

    Very nice work! But why keep tab titles on the off and right? Just drop them and you save some space/use whitespace instead.

  3. Dan Craciun
    Posted February 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM | Permalink

    Thank you! You mean the titles for the panels? I am thinking of adding more stuff there (in a new tab) like a file browser or additional information.

  4. Posted February 18, 2013 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

    Tell the users to install

    $ sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-0:i386

    in order to run the binary, if their OS is 64bit.

  5. Paul
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 4:27 PM | Permalink

    Fit to window (x) makes the picture disappear.

    • Dan Craciun
      Posted February 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM | Permalink

      I agree, that’s a bug, I’m fixing it in 0.8.1. Thanks for reporting! 🙂