Fast & Simple Image Viewer for Ubuntu – NeonView (Underdevelopment!)

If you have installed Ubuntu and have somewhat an older hardware and if image manager like Shotwell is too heavy for your needs then an image viewer like ‘NeonView’ might come in handy.

It’s still at its early development stage and has few issues and I wouldn’t recommend using it as the primary image viewer. But that being said, every time I use it, I just have this feeling that it has the potential of becoming a pretty good looking app in the future nonetheless :).


Main features…

*. Supports image formats such as: JPG, PNG, SVG, GIF, TGA etc.

*. Rotate, Flip and zoom in/out images.

*. Resize the image to fix its window or view in its original size.

*. Remember the window size or start it maximized.

Well I think that’s about it for the features at the moment!.


It doesn’t have a full screen view (which is my biggest complain) and we cannot use the mouse to drag and move the image here and there either (other than using the Ubuntu’s Ayatana Scroll-bars of course).

Installing in Ubuntu …

Installing it is pretty easy. First download it from this NeonView home page (look for the first link that says “NeonView… -- Binary”) and extract the content, say to your “Home” folder.

Then go to the extracted folder and double click on the file named “neonview” which should open up the image viewer.

Is it resources friendly?

Well I tried both Eye of Gnome (the default image viewer in Ubuntu as mentioned above) and NeonView for few images and measured the memory usage (while they both loaded the same images etc).

In comparison I couldn’t see a big memory usage difference in Eye of Gnome or NeonView as they both consumed closely the same amount of system resources (at least while I tested them). But NeonView did used slightly lesser amount of RAM on most occasions.

But you have to keep in mind that, Eye of Gnome comes with additional features than the NeonView so its resources usage is actually impressive too.

Stability ?

Well, while I was browsing a small picture collection (like with 30-40 images, below 600KB in file size) I kept hitting the “Next” button and suddenly out of nowhere it started to consume over 100MB+ of my RAM!. Then a little while after it crashed :/.

Whoops :)…

This is not a surprise since it’s very new and still under development (I assume), so please use it at your own risk.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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