Pixea is an image viewer for macOS with a nice minimal modern user interface. Pixea works great with JPEG, HEIC, PSD, RAW, WEBP, PNG, GIF, and many other formats. Provides basic image processing, including flip and rotate, shows a color histogram, EXIF, and other information. Supports keyboard shortcuts and trackpad gestures. Shows images inside archives, without extracting them.
JPEG, HEIC, GIF, PNG, TIFF, Photoshop (PSD), BMP, Fax images, macOS and Windows icons, Radiance images, Google's WebP. RAW formats: Leica DNG and RAW, Sony ARW, Olympus ORF, Minolta MRW, Nikon NEF, Fuji RAF, Canon CR2 and CRW, Hasselblad 3FR. Sketch files (preview only). ZIP-archives.
JPEG, JPEG-2000, PNG, TIFF, BMP.
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Ratings and Reviews
Does the job
Exactly what an image viewer should be. It actually plays GIFs, whereas several competing apps I tried first do not (even though they advertised being GIF viewers). The chrome on this app is minimum, so you get an actual viewer.
So far, mostly good
In a graphics viewer, I like a minimal interface with no distractions. I also prefer to see my images in their actual size, with the exception of images that are of a higher resolution than my display, in which case they should be resized to fit automatically.
Pixea gets closer to this than most. The interface is minimal indeed with borderless windows, but where it fails for me is primarily the on-screen controls that pop up whenever my move my mouse. It's unnecessary if you know the keyboard commands already and there should be an option to not have that appear.
I'm also not a fan of havng the window "close/minimize/zoom" buttons overlaid on my images when displayed. I know they hide "eventually", but I would actually rather just have a border on top than have those buttons overlaid onto my photos.
The last gripe I have is with the fitting of my images to the window. Generally speaking, I want to see them in their actual size, with over-sized ones reduced to fit. Pixea doesn't do this. If you have it set to "Actual Size", then images that exceed my display dimensions are not completely visible.
Other than this, Pixea is great. The controls are intuitive and other than my caveats above, is generally unobtrusive. Rendering can be a bit laggy compared to another viewer I've long used when panning through a folder of images, but iits rendering quality seems pretty good otherwise.
I have many folders of art and photography images. I need a simple photo viewer to view them. Pixea works for this purpose. It would be nice to see the image description displayed. An option to have a darker gray/black background for some images would also be useful.
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- Andrey Tsarkov
- 5.8 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires macOS 10.12 or later.
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- Copyright © 2020 Andrey Tsarkov. All rights reserved.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.