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Pixy

Post by Sphax » 22 Feb 2020, 14:40

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Pixy is a tiny tool dedicated to quickly preview images in PNG, TGA, JPG, BMP and PCX format.

It's designed for pixel-artists, textures creators, Minecraft resourcepack creators...
In general, artists who want a simple, lightweight, portable, practical tool to easily preview image files.

What can it do
It allows to:
  • Preview textures and pixel-art images (pixel-perfect = without blur)
  • Easily show transparency (thanks to the checkerboard background)
  • Play Minecraft animations (if a .mcmeta file is found)
  • Analyse TGA files (even in full transparent areas)
  • Verify tiling of a seamless texture by applying an offset or display it in tiles
  • Display image or browse a folder in real full screen
  • Browse a folder by showing only images with big enough pixel-perfect thumbnails
How to use it
To open an image with Pixy you have 4 solutions:
  1. Open the picture in Pixy by double-clicking the file (if set as the default program to open PNG, TGA, JPG and/or BMP files.)
  2. Open Pixy and then drag&drop a picture inside the window
  3. Press "Ctrl+O" and browse for the picture you want to open
  4. Press "C" to display what's inside clipboard (the picture you copied recently)

What's inside
Pixy supports multi-monitors and is a lightweight portable program (4MB).
The Pixy window is 100% dedicated to show the picture in its maximum size: No button, no cumbersome or useless UI!

No need to install it, put it somewhere, set it as the default program for the files you want (PNG for example) and done!


What are the features
Everything Pixy can do is directly accessible with keyboard shorcuts!

App:
  • F8: Show menu
  • F5: Refresh (in case of files added/deleted outside Pixy)
  • F11: Full screen
  • Escape: Close
  • Right arrow: Next image in folder
  • Left arrow: Previous image in folder
  • Mouse scroll: Next/Previous image in folder
  • Shift+A-Z: Load next image file with name starting with typed letter
Image:
  • Ctrl+O: Browse folders to select and preview an image file
  • C: View image inside clipboard (if any)
  • Ctrl+Enter: Edit file with associated editor (customizable in preferences)
  • Enter: Open Pixy browser
  • Mouse middle click: Open Pixy browser / View focused image
  • Mouse right click: Pick color under cursor (and copy hexadecimal color code in clipboard)
  • P: Pause animation
  • Home: Load first file in folder
  • End: Load last file in folder
  • Backspace: Load previously viewed file
  • 0: Center window on screen
  • 1: Set image&window size to 256x256
  • 2: Set image&window size to 512x512
  • 3: Set image&window size to 1024x1024
  • B: Bilinear filtering
  • O: Offset
  • T: TilingΓ—3
  • Del: Delete viewed/focused file
Preferences:
  • Ctrl+P: Open preferences file
  • Ctrl+Shift+Enter: Select image editor to use with Ctrl+Enter (Pixy will try to locate Photoshop by default)
  • M: Dark/Light mode

Where to download
It's already available for download on the "Download" page for Cubik owners
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Pixy Viewer

Post by Sphax » 22 Feb 2020, 21:19

Comparison between classic image viewers

Windows 10 Photos viewer (default)
Image
❌ Size: Not zoomed in by default + Zoom requires the UI (mouse scroll change picture) + Tiny zoom max
❌ Pixel-perfect: Blurry, no way to disable
πŸ†— UI complexity: Designed for photos
❌ Editor: No way to open/edit or open in favourite editor
❌ Transparency: Can't easily see transparency because of white background
βœ… Association: Default program for images in Windows 10
❌ Explorer: Windows explorer...

Windows 7 Picture Viewer
Image
πŸ†— Size: Easy to zoom in but not zoomed in by default
βœ… Pixel-perfect: Yes
πŸ†— UI complexity: Cumbersome/useless UI
❌ Editor: No way to open/edit or open in favourite editor
❌ Transparency: Can't easily see transparency because of light background
❌ Association: Requires some tricks to re-enable it in Windows 10
❌ Explorer: Windows explorer...

Windows Media Player
Image
βœ… Size: maximum size displayed
❌ Pixel-perfect: Blurry result
❌ UI complexity: Display the picture for 5s only (black screen then), designed for videos
❌ Editor: No way to open/edit or open in favourite editor
❌ Transparency: Black background
❌ Association: Not designed for pictures (but can open them)
❌ Explorer: Windows explorer...

Windows Paint
Image
❌ Size: Not zoomed in by default
βœ… Pixel-perfect: Yes
❌ UI complexity: Very big
βœ… Editor: Yes
❌ Transparency: No
❌ Association: Not recommended
❌ Explorer: Windows explorer...

AseSprite
Image
❌ Size: Not zoomed in by default
βœ… Pixel-perfect: Yes
❌ UI complexity: Lot of UI elements
βœ… Editor: Yes
βœ… Transparency: Yes
❌ Association: Not designed to be an image viewer
❌ Explorer: Windows explorer...

Pixy
Image
βœ… Size: Always zoomed in to the max
βœ… Pixel-perfect: Yes (bilinear in option)
βœ… UI complexity: No useless buttons!
βœ… Editor: Can open in default editor or custom editor (in options)
βœ… Transparency: Light/Dark mode + checkerboard pattern in background
βœ… Association: Best for PNG, TGA, BMP and JPG files (but can also open images in PCX and GIF format)
βœ… Explorer: Yes accessible by pressing "Enter" (+ Windows explorer of course)
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Pixy Explorer

Post by Sphax » 25 Feb 2020, 20:47

Comparison between classic explorers

Windows Explorer (default)
Image
❌ Icons: Varying depending on image size (too small for 32x32 or lower)
βœ… Pixel-perfect: Yes
❌ Only images: No
❌ Animations: Show the whole spritesheet leading in ridiculously small thumbnail in most cases

Pixy Explorer
Image
βœ… Icons: 64x64 or bigger (128x128 by default)
βœ… Pixel-perfect: Yes
βœ… Only images: Yes
βœ… Animations: Show the first frame of the detected animation spritesheet
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