The Eye in 2.20

Eye of GNOME 2.20.0

This is the first stable release of Eye of GNOME (EOG) as part of the GNOME 2.20 major release. The 2.20 release is very special for EOG as it’s the first one with a complete rewrite/refactoring of its core. This means that GNOME now has a much improved image viewer. There lots of cool new features, we really hope you all enjoy! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this release, specially to EOG’s team members, Claudio and Felix.

So, what’s new?

  • Complete rewrite of application core which means more stable, maintanable, faster image viewer for GNOME
  • New plugin system which allows developers to extend EOG’s UI and behavior. Python support is available.
  • Editable application toolbar
  • New image collection pane with on-demand thumbnail loading, polished look, and continuous scrolling side buttons.
  • Side Pane to be extended by plugins
  • New image properties dialog which replaces the image info sidepane
  • Single instance D-Bus-based activation support
  • Revamped error/warning UI
  • “Open with” support to quickly open images on other applications
  • Mouse scrollwheel improvements: HIG compliancy and zoom factor setting
  • General UI polishing
  • Command line options for fullscreen, slideshow and image collection disabling
  • Display EXIF MakerNotes
  • XMP Support

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Lucas Rocha is just a brazilian guy who loves hacking and music. He lives in the frozen lands of Finland with his lovely wife Carol. He works for Nokia in the development of Hildon and Maemo. In his free time, he's a happy GNOME contributor. He has a mustache, a beard and big smile in his face.

14 thoughts on “The Eye in 2.20”

  1. Looks like the UI needs some padding near the bottom between the status bar and the rest. It lining up flush like that looks kind of bad.

  2. Beautiful. For image viewers, fast startup time or good slideshow capabilities is a requirement — I couldn’t use a slow image viewer by default. Right now I don’t use eog, but gqview. But I look forward to this!

  3. I just want an image viewer that starts as fast as xterm (on &lt 1GHz hardware). Is that possible? EOG keeps becoming slower in this aspect…

    (sorry for the repost, the “less than” character ate my comment)

  4. Congratulations, EOG rocks ! It’s very nice to see such part of Gnome receiving love from somes developers.


  5. Good work overall.

    – New image collection pane with on-demand thumbnail loading, polished look, and continuous scrolling side buttons.

    Npw, this is not so good. The on-demand thumbnail loading is very jerky when toggling back the old multi-row matrix view in gconf.

    Maybe it’s hard to believe but there are uses of eog that are not “looking at baby photos”. I use(d) it for science purposes with locate/find and xargs of 100s of images. You made some helpfull concessions (gconf options) but it behaves worse compared to 2.18.

  6. Dear Lucas,
    That is what I call not only a great programmer but an artistic programmer. You have made EOG into a work of art, looks amazing even w/o all the changes under the hood. I also loved how you took in user input when making certain gui decisions etc (on your blog). Thank You. Keep up the amazing work, we really appreciate it.

  7. That looks really nice. It makes EOG to a new much better tool. I think it can make it to my new standard image viewer and replace gqview.
    What I like to know is, can I select more then one image in the image collection pane? That would be very handy to compare two ore more images.

  8. awesome piece of software

    i didn’t like the former EOG but with the new one i have no more reason to use gThumb (since i also use F-Spot to manage and tag my photos)

    Still, i can’t display XMP metadata on my PC (EOG 2.20/Ubuntu Gutsy Tribe 5) and therefore i can’t see tags created with F-Spot (with embedded option activated)

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