The app I wanted to review today is called PhotoGun, a photo enhancement app available on the Mac App Store for a penny under $8.00. That’s above my threshold for throw away money to test out an app, and I didn’t see the link to the trial version until early today A look at PhotoGun will come soon. Instead, I spent time over the weekend using PixVeew, a very fast but simple photo viewer which also prints contact sheets (yes, some of us still use printers).
Don’t ask me how to pronounce PixVeew (I’m guessing ‘picks-view‘) but it doesn’t matter. Considering it’s free you’re probably going to appreciate what it does. It’s a photo viewer which scans through folders of photos and makes it easier to view .jpg, .png, .gif, and .bmp files (which also makes it good for graphic designers with plenty of images and icons in a library), but, oddly enough, not RAW files.
Open a folder with photos and you get a viewer. Select the photos you want and print a contact sheet. The only caveat I can see with the free version vs. the in-app upgrade to Plus Mode is the number of photos that can be printed.
PixVeew has other features, too, including an option to display photos in slideshow mode. Indeed, the PixVeew app icon is an old fashioned slideshow projector, but the app doesn’t blaze any new ground for slideshows (time interval per slide, but no list of transitions).
However, photos or images in the preview viewer are easily moved to the Trash, and photos can be converted or recompressed to .jpg files. There’s no numerical compression setting; just the standard slider bar which ranges from minimal to maximum.
You won’t be blown away by the functional utility in PixVeew but if all you need is a simple viewer with a slideshow, and an option to print contact sheets, it’s as good as any.