Xee (1000)

1 Name: Mr VacBob!JqK7T7zan. 2005-07-26 13:25 ID:+Fwu3KWy [Del]

I'm using this now, but I'd like it better if it had these features:

  • some way to open a folder from the command line ("open -a Xee ." doesn't work).
  • some way to advance to the next image one-handed on a laptop keyboard, possibly with , and . (obvious joke goes here).

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952 Name: freediverx : 2009-02-22 07:00 ID:bR415B// [Del]

Finder's thumbnail view has many limitations. You are limited in how large you can make the thumbnails and how tightly you can set the grid spacing, and there is no slider control to change these settings on the fly. There is also no way to link image navigation between the Finder window and the image viewer app (in this case, Xee) with the result being that you can never really switch back and forth between a large image view and the thumbnail view without losing your place in the thumbnail view (unless you always do your navigation in the finder and close Xee after viewing each individual image). And there is no convenient keyboard toggle between thumbnail and single image viewing (ie, tapping the Enter key in thumbnail mode to open the image.)

I agree that Xee's primary benefits include speed and low memory/resource consumption, and I would certainly not want to turn it into a bloated application. But I really wish there was a better way to browse and analyze images while easily toggling between single image and thumbnail modes.

In essence, I'm not so much trying to duplicate Finder functionality as I am trying to wean myself from my reliance on iPhoto - which is useless in many situations due to its requirement that you import images before viewing/working with them.

953 Name: freediverx : 2009-02-22 07:24 ID:bR415B// [Del]

BTW, I realize you can bind a shortcut key for "reveal in finder", but with this method, the Xee window remains open when you go to the Finder, and if you then open another image, it spawns a new Xee window.

And yes, you can set Xee to open all images in a single window, but then that eliminates the option to open more than one image at a time.

So again, there are tons of workarounds available but none of them deliver a smooth and efficient workflow.

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955 Name: Anonymous : 2009-02-22 14:05 ID:Heaven [Del]

You could give Picasa a try. I'll use that or Xee depending on what I'm trying to do with my images.

956 Name: Skye : 2009-02-27 20:42 ID:tFu5GyEx [Del]

Xee is awesome! The only thing I would add, is that if you are in Crop mode and hold down the Shift key, the crop marquee is constrained to be square. This is standard Photoshop behaviour and would cover 95% of all my image editing tasks to make icons for websites and whatnot. Thanks for the great app!!

957 Name: Anonymous : 2009-03-04 00:49 ID:FeDFWck+ [Del]

As good as Xee is, it sounds like you might be interested in JustLooking


and/or Picasa (Beta)


Both fill-in niches lacking in Xee. Good Luck

958 Name: Anonymous : 2009-03-04 00:50 ID:FeDFWck+ [Del]

As good as Xee is, it sounds like you might be interested in JustLooking


and/or Picasa (Beta)


Both fill-in niches lacking in Xee. Good Luck

959 Name: ad : 2009-03-16 12:12 ID:yvf+Q4EX [Del]

I'm new to this program. Will it do this: I have a bunch of sequentially named files in a folder. I would like to collect them by certain EXIF date tag and put them into folders which are named by the respective date (like 20090303, 20090304, etc). Sort of like most camera download programs.

I'm not good enough to write a script so I ask if this or another program will do this. I have a mac os 10.4.11.

thank you,

960 Name: Anonymous : 2009-03-17 04:57 ID:Heaven [Del]

Xee won't. There's no file management features at all in it, it's a viewer.

961 Name: klw : 2009-03-24 19:38 ID:2FbvOnjO [Del]

I just installed Xee to check it out. I clicked four file types to associate with it, and then wanted to go back to Preview. So I unchecked them in Xee Preferences, and now they all open in CoreImage Fun House!? What the What? How do I get these back to being associated Preview, and why didn't Xee take care of this for me? Bad Xee, bad!

962 Name: Anonymous : 2009-03-25 05:05 ID:Heaven [Del]

File associations being a mess is only OS X's fault. Get Info in Finder, Open With Preview, Change All - do this on one file of each major filetype you use (JPG, PNG, PSD, GIF, etc.)

963 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2009-03-25 06:03 ID:Heaven [Del]

What >>962 said.

964 Name: klw : 2009-03-25 18:34 ID:2FbvOnjO [Del]

I don't see why Xee is off the hook, the Xee UI let me associate a file type with it, it should set it back to what it was when I uncheck that association. It shouldn't be too difficult to see what the filetype is associated with before it takes that association on, store that info someplace out of the way and restore that original association if gets unchecked. Thankfully I didn't Select All =D

965 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2009-03-26 07:53 ID:Heaven [Del]


It shouldn't be, no. But it is. OS X does not provide a reliable way to do this. The filetype association system is quite broken, and the APIs for programs to access it is even more broken.

966 Name: klw : 2009-03-26 19:02 ID:2FbvOnjO [Del]

Ahh, that more detailed explanation makes better sense then. So I retract and reassign my original chastisement .... Innocent Xee, Bad Apple Baaaad!

967 Name: Mike : 2009-03-29 14:54 ID:GcnxA9FO [Del]

First: Xee is excellent! There is one feature I would love to see: mouse gestures. There used to be http://www.cocoasuite.com/ but it causes some trouble at least with OS X 10.5.6.

968 Name: Anonymous : 2009-03-31 16:58 ID:iirfWhxi [Del]

I have recently moved from a PC to a Mac. I was a massive fan of Irfanview and spent ages looking for a Mac equivalent. That is, until I found Xee.

One feature I would like to see however (the reason why I'm on this website), is the ability to apply colour labels to files as I browse through them. I'm a photographer and this would make picking out the best shots (for further editing) a breeze.

Keep up the good work!

969 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2009-04-01 04:25 ID:Heaven [Del]


That's not a bad idea, I suppose. If you file a bug for it I am less likely to forget about it.

970 Name: Anonymous : 2009-04-17 05:06 ID:LwGs9smc [Del]

Try xGestures. It's very cheap, powerful, and works for the whole OS, not just cocoa apps.

971 Name: MARTiN : 2009-04-17 16:03 ID:CgzlQTvf [Del]

I would REALLY like Xee to have pan zoom capabilities in slide show mode.
Actually, I cant find any OSX picture viewing application that has auto pan zoom in slideshow.... and I think its great!

Hope I see it in a future realease.

972 Name: Anonymous : 2009-04-19 07:37 ID:Heaven [Del]

Well... iPhoto does that, and it's certainly for OS X. ;)

973 Name: Peter : 2009-04-24 20:58 ID:sbTqfSNH [Del]

I downloaded the source and tried to compile it. It failed to compile with a duplicate symbol error in XeeTypes.h (over 40 errors). Removing the duplicate it still fails to compile with a 'Framework not found XADMaster' error.

974 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2009-04-29 04:38 ID:Heaven [Del]


Get XADMaster from The Unarchiver.

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976 Name: james : 2009-04-30 17:40 ID:pqKAtOYI [Del]

Hi, can you post an entire list of formats supported?



977 Name: synonymous : 2009-05-05 09:38 ID:oGNMp4k2 [Del]


reply to your "adobe rant" in xee source-code (it's nice they actually replied)

978 Name: Anonymous : 2009-05-05 16:44 ID:Heaven [Del]

it'd be nicer if their reply included something like http://libpsd.graphest.com/files/Photoshop%20File%20Formats.pdf...

979 Name: Rudolfo : 2009-05-06 15:23 ID:LIncJUp+ [Del]

Would be awesome if there was some way to hide the mouse cursor in fullscreen mode...

that's the only thing I'm really missing! Great work :)

980 Name: Anonymous : 2009-05-08 00:51 ID:7akGeY9O [Del]

has the default sort order been fixed? it won't use the "same as in the finder" option. i've had this problem since i first started using xee.

981 Name: keng : 2009-05-08 08:21 ID:aswY7YO3 [Del]

great stuff but i am new to mac and don't know how to set it as my default viewer if there is a way? thanks for any help

982 Name: Anonymous : 2009-05-08 16:19 ID:+WZX/B8B [Del]

To set Xee as the default App for a particular file type, 'right-click' on a file of that type to bring up the contextual menu, then where it says "Open with:" select Xee.app from the drop-down list, then click "Change all..." and click "Continue". All files of that type will then open with Xee.

983 Name: Anonymous : 2009-05-08 16:26 ID:+WZX/B8B [Del]

To set Xee as the default App for a particular file type, 'right-click' on a file of that type to bring up the contextual menu, click on "Get info" then where it says "Open with:" select Xee.app from the drop-down list, then click "Change all..." and click "Continue". All files of that type will then open with Xee.

984 Name: Anonymous : 2009-05-08 16:29 ID:+WZX/B8B [Del]

FOR MODERATOR: Could you please delete this, and post 982 as I forgot to mention a step and have posted a corrected version (983). Thank you.

985 Name: Anonymous : 2009-05-08 16:37 ID:Heaven [Del]

Click the [Del] button.

986 Name: Anonymous : 2009-05-09 22:06 ID:Heaven [Del]

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988 Name: Aaron : 2009-05-23 11:35 ID:p1OnSsGa [Del]

Been using Xee as my default image viewer for a long time. It works almost perfectly for me, I only have a few requests:

  1. antialias zoomed in images
  2. an option to view as fit on screen when in full screen mode
  3. an option to hide the mouse cursor in full screen mode


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991 Name: Peter : 2009-05-31 13:38 ID:M1tqRDLU [Del]

Hi there,
great and fast ProgrAM.

I would like to see a zoom/magnifier option for left click as you can configure for exaple in FastStone viewer (on PC).


992 Name: Geza : 2009-06-01 12:50 ID:wA9/+OXG [Del]

Wonderful little program, thank you.

I'm using .PEF files (Pentax RAW format) which Xee can apparently read, but does not consider, when going from image to image in a folder. Any way to add PEF as one of the extensions Xee looks at?

Thanks, best,


993 Name: anon : 2009-06-07 07:25 ID:7Rn6QHUo (Image: 833x1200 jpg, 294 kb) [Del]

src/1244384707155.jpg: 833x1200, 294 kb

Just a bug report with a jpeg file that causes Xee to hang miserably on my machine. I have attached the image with this post.

Intel GMA 950, OSX 10.5.7

994 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2009-06-07 14:22 ID:Heaven [Del]


Seems to be fixed already in the dev version.

995 Name: freediverx : 2009-06-11 16:32 ID:bMfAD7As [Del]

Not sure if this has been reported, but after saving a lossless rotation, the app doesn't properly redisplay the rotated image until it's been restarted.

BTW, any idea when the next release is due?

996 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2009-06-11 17:47 ID:Heaven [Del]


That should not happen. Is that on a windows share or something?

The next release will be out... sometime. I need to get The Unarchiver 2.0 done first, for one.

997 Name: krenshaw : 2009-06-15 06:51 ID:hYrv8TKO [Del]

great app not many .iff viewers out there is there any way of seeing the alpha channel with no colour for comp and maya purposes, it tells you it can see the rgba can you switch between them oh and open exr wow

998 Name: alaind : 2009-07-03 20:40 ID:6GUopTyM [Del]

I second Geza's request. It would be great to be able to browse PEF files as opposed to needing to open each one individually.

999 Name: muts : 2009-07-16 16:09 ID:ngbn4Z/m [Del]

On windows I used acdsee32 (the classic viewer from the 90s).
Xee is comparable, a very nice and light weight viewer with good zooming/resizing options.

One question, maybe missing: Is it possible to resize the window and have the image shrink with it?

1000 Name: mrt : 2009-07-21 11:20 ID:VkDDpL7W [Del]

Please fix support for sRGB. Currently pictures exported from Lightroom turn out looking washed out. Preview seems to handle same photos correctly.

Thanks for the much needed software though!

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