Organize your photo collection with Geeqie Art Sorted

Organize your photo collection with Geeqie Art Sorted

Article from Issue 231/2020

The image viewer Geeqie is used to view and sort image collections. The tool supports numerous formats, reads metadata, and – among other things – displays the location where you took the picture on a map.

Smartphones above all, lure holiday makers into taking huge numbers of spontaneous snapshots. At home, you then face the task of filtering out the unusable photos of the church with half a steeple and the unknown cyclist who photobombed your landscape. Geeqie [1] is a lean image viewer that can help you with this. It was created as an enhancement of the GQview [2] image viewer, which was discontinued in 2006, and is now found in the repositories of many distributions.

Unlike many competitors, Geeqie is extremely fast and is easy to use. When viewing the data, a zoom function and a preview with different modes are a big help. The application also starts a slide show at the touch of a button. The "File Formats" box shows which image types the software can handle in version 1.5 or newer. Actions such as deleting, moving, and renaming are carried out via the user interface, usually by drag and drop. Virtual photo albums let you collect topically related images.

Furthermore, Geeqie provides insights into the metadata of the images if they are in EXIF, IPTC, or XMP format. If necessary, you can add tags to the photos and rate them. If the metadata contain the snapshot location's GPS coordinates, the program visualizes them as a point on an OpenStreetMap map.


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