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GLiv is an OpenGL image viewer. Image loading is done via Gdk-pixbuf bundled with GTK+-2.6, rendering with OpenGL, and the graphical user interface uses GTK+ with GtkGLExt. GLiv is very fast and smooth at rotating, panning, and zooming if you have an OpenGL accelerated graphics board. It supports thumbnails and navigating through them using two images menus.


Recent releases

  •  21 Nov 2010 16:10

    Release Notes: A bug was fixed where pointer motion events were not reported on newer GTK+ versions. There are New menu entries to load the first, the last, or a random image. A command line option (-c) was added to clear the images list in client mode, which makes the client mode incompatible with previous releases. Many translations were updated. The -c and -C command line options do not require an X server anymore. The EXIF orientation information is now honored. This is probably the last release of GLiv unless there are more bug reports.

    •  19 Nov 2006 07:43

      Release Notes: The Russian translation was updated and all man pages were converted to UTF-8. There are some miscellaneous build fixes too.

      •  19 Mar 2006 23:02

        Release Notes: A bug with transitions of small images endlessly waiting for the window to resize has been fixed. The Bulgarian translation was updated, and a Swedish one was added. There are two new commands to fit the image in height or width. There is a new command line option to specify the initial window geometry. The framerate limiter is also used during transitions, which changes the transitions configuration.

        •  16 Nov 2005 18:39

          Release Notes: GTK+-2.6 is now required. A Bulgarian translation was added. The Russian translation was updated. An option was added to disable the OpenGL bilinear filtering. There is a new command to reload the current image, and another one to hide all floating windows at once. There is now a thumbnails browser. The menus are automatically rebuilt when new images are inserted.

          •  25 May 2005 15:05

            Release Notes: There is a new menu entry to open a directory. An initial Kinyarwanda translation and a Vietnamese translation were added. "Pause" is now used as a keybinding to toggle the slideshow. Files are sorted in natural order, such that 2.jpg comes before 10.jpg.

            Recent comments

            24 Mar 2005 00:21 iw3gtf

            Very nice image viewer!
            That's my image viewer of choice! Essential and clean GUI, verrry fast image zoom and pan with mouse, browse/preview/select window and, even more, keystrokes, that means quick and precise operations at the cost of a minimal training.

            Hope that theese guidelines will never change in future versions.

            07 Jan 2005 19:40 darkangel

            Probably the best viewer for linux..

            Excellent non bloated gui and keycontrols. This is the sort of program you use for fast image browsing done the way you want it. This is one of those programs that manages to have a very broad featureset, whilst being small, fast, and emitting that "well written piece of software" feel at all times.

            08 Mar 2002 15:35 jarrodj

            Best viewer...
            I have never seen a cooler image viewer anywhere. Is a bit faster than even qiv, my previous favorite, and the navigation and zooming is great (especially for reading manga scans :)

            It doesn't have a fancy gui interface, but it really doesn't need it.

            30 Apr 2001 08:45 toastie

            A small nice viewer
            Compiles and runs fine on my nVidia card (with

            proprietary drivers). Zooming can be done with the

            mouse wheel, and the zoomed picture is hardware

            antialiased (very fast), so that you'd never see

            single pixels.


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