best way to display photos

Thomas Guettler hv at
Tue Aug 25 08:40:56 CEST 2009

Some years ago I had the same problem.

I wrote a simple app with pygtk. You get get it from here:
The next pictures get loaded in background. Switching from
one image to the next is faster then in some other apps. But
somehow it is not ready for the public. I guess I am the only
one who uses it.

Flags are symlinks in the home directory .local/share/app/gthumpy. This
means you should not move your images, otherwise the flags get lost.

I don't think it will work on ms-windows, but it could be ported.

Or you use mirage:

It is a pygtk image viewer. You can define shortcuts that execute user defined


samwyse schrieb:
> I have several thousand photographs that I need to quickly classify,
> all by myself.  After extensive searches, I have been unable to find
> anything to my liking, so desire to write something myself.  I'm
> thinking about displaying a photo and waiting for keystrokes to tag
> it; 'i' for interior, 'e' for exterior, etc., while hitting space or
> enter will advance to the next photo.  My big question is, what's the
> best way to display the photos.  I've used PIL in the past, but IIRC
> it uses an external program.  Pygame is the next obvious choice, but
> like PIL it requires an add-in.  That leaves Tkinter.  Has anyone used
> it to display .JPG files, perhaps with rescaling to fit my screen?
> How is its performance?  Is there any other possibilities that I've
> missed?  Thanks.

Thomas Guettler,
E-Mail: guettli (*) thomas-guettler + de

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