Re: Evince as universal "Viewer"

No, primarily because the interfaces for manipulating and viewing images differ subtly from does of manipulating and viewing text. There is a unix philosophy that advocates applications should perform one function and execute it well. As opposed to being a jack of all trades and failing at executing each trade effectively.

I can only forsee more bugs and maintanance nightmares by trying to turn Evince into a multidocument viewer. I also thought GNOME was moving away from an application centric paradigm to a document centric paradigm. I prefer Evince continues to be a postscript and postscript derivative viewer, while EOG remains an image viewer.

Both serve their functions efficiently and effectively, why change it?

On 4/19/05, Steven Garrity <stevelist silverorange com> wrote:
There's a brief discussion on one of the Fedora lists about how Eye of
Gnome relates to gThumb. The conclusion is the usual one, and it makes
sense: eog is the quick-to-load simple one-off image view, and gThumb is
a more powerful image/photo browser. Makes sense.

Someone mentioned Evince in the discussion and it made me wonder: should
Evince replace Eye of Gnome as the universal "Viewer" app on Gnome. It
already seems to support the basic image formats (jpeg, png, etc.).

It also loads relatively quickly when opening a single image, and loads
without the sidebar for formats without "pages" - so it has the
look/feel of a simple/fast viewer app.

In the version I'm running ( 0.1.9), the zoom controls don't seem to work
on non-pdf files (jpeg, png, etc.), but I'm sure that could be fixed.

I don't think there is really anything wrong with Eye of Gnome, but it
might be nice to have *one* simple document/image viewer, rather than
one for PDFs and one for other image formats, when they are so close in
UI and core functionality.

Not that this makes it the right choice, but for reference, this is what
Apple does with their "Preview" application.

Any thoughts?

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