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PhotoQt (previously called "Photo") is a fast, stylish image viewer that supports basic image manipulation and file management and more. 

The application has been updated recently, getting a window mode (previously it was full-screen only) along with other interesting changes. Also, the application now uses GraphicsMagick which means it supports 80+ file types.


PhotoQt looks similar to the "Lightbox" Javascript plugins available on many websites: it uses a semi-transparent background and there are thumbnails at the bottom which can be used to easily navigate through the images available in the current folder.

Besides some basic image manipulation (rotate, flip, zoom) and file management (rename, delete, move, copy) features, the application also comes with customizable keyboard and mouse shortcuts, can display EXIF information, display images as slideshow and more.

Here are the most important changes in the latest PhotoQt 1.0:
  • A window mode has been added and it can be used with or without window decorations;
  • PhotoQt now uses GraphicsMagick;
  • Significantly faster start-up (on average more than 7 times faster);
  • Revamped style of most widgets;
  • You can now set an image as wallpaper from PhotoQt;
  • Dropdown menu updated and image manipulation functions moved to image context menu;
  • Smart context menu options;
  • Improved thumbnail handling and view;
  • Dynamic thumbnail creation (only create those thumbnails currently visible);
  • Faster image and directory loading;
  • Improved fading between images;
  • Natural sort of images;
  • Many other improvements.

To use PhotoQt in window mode, from its menu select Setting > Look and Behaviour, then on the Behaviour sub-tab, check the "Run PhotoQt in Window Mode" box. If you want the application to use window decorations, also check the "Show Window Decoration" box.

The menu is hidden by default - to access it, point the mouse to the top right edge of the application window:


Install PhotoQt in Ubuntu

Ubuntu Saucy, Raring, Quantal and Precise users can install the latest PhotoQt by using Sam Rog's PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:samrog131/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install photoqt

For other Linux distributions, see the PhotoQt downloads page (there are packages available for Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, Mageia and Mandriva as well as source files).

Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.