>> Published: 7th of June 2021
About 4 months after the last release it is now time for the all new release of PhotoQt v2.2. The main focus of this release is on improving the user experience, even though there have also been a few new additions.
Some of the highlights of the changes in this new release include:
- Files/Folder Model: Loading a folder is now happening much faster than before, and is now much more consistent than before. For example, selecting a subset of the supported images in the file dialog will also only load that subset of supported images in the main view, both lists of files now match.
- Viewer Mode: Documents (e.g., PDFs) and Archives (e.g., comic books) are now treated like 'normal' images in so far as the first page/file of each is shown when navigated to them. Through a button right below the labels (top left corner of the screen) a document/archive can be opened and entered. Another click on that very same button (or pressing Escape) exits the viewer mode again.
- Quick Navigation: there is a new element that can be enabled called 'quick navigation'. It's a small rectangle containing three buttons: one to go to the previous image, one to go to the next image, and one to show/hide the main menu. These were created in particular to help with using PhotoQt on Touchscreens, to provide a quick and easy way to navigate through the folder and access the main menu and thus all other features of PhotoQt, all through the touchscreen.
- File Dialog: The file dialog has received several improvements: The text box on an entry in the icon view is now shown smaller by default and increases in size when the mouse cursor is on top of an entry. There is now also a 'go up a level' button in addition to the buttons to go backwards/forwards in the history. There have also been a few other smaller bug fixes and improvements.
- Command Line: There have been a few issues with the command line options in the previous release, these have all been fixed. PhotoQt is once again fully accessible through a range of command line options.
If you want to help PhotoQt, there are a few ways you can do so:
- Join the translation team over on Crowdin. If your language is missing you can simply request it directly on Crowdin or send me an email and I can add it to the project.
- Give feedback of what you like/don't like, or what you think is missing from PhotoQt. To give feedback, send me an email or open an issue on GitLab.
- Support me with a small donation to show your appreciation of all the time I spend developing/maintaining PhotoQt.