One of our favorite adages is “A picture is worth a thousand words”. It refers to the notion that a still image can convey a complex idea. Images can portray a lot of information quickly and more efficiently than text. They capture memories, and never let you forget something you want to remember, and refresh it in your memory.
Images are part of every day internet usage, and are particularly important for social media engagement. A good image viewer is an essential part of any operating system.
Linux offers a vast collection of open source small utilities that perform functions ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. It’s the quality and selection of these tools that help Linux stand out as a productive environment. This is particularly true when it comes to image viewers. There are so many image viewers that are available for Linux that it can make selection difficult.
Regards is billed as a modern photo viewer. It supports a very large range of image formats. There’s OpenGL/OpenCL support. The software can also play videos. It’s written in C++ and C.
On Ubuntu, installation is fairly straightforward. Download the latest .deb from the project’s website (see the Summary section for links), and issue the following command at a shell:
$ sudo dpkg -i RegardsViewer_2.62.7_amd64.deb
It’s likely this command will not complete successfully as many systems will be missing a ton of libraries. We completed the installation by issuing the commands:
$ sudo apt-get update --fix-missing
$ sudo apt-get install -f
The developer provides a package for Arch and Arch based distros. But despite trying multiple systems (including a shiny fresh installation), we ran into many problems when running the software on Arch.
And for all other distros, you’ll have to compile the source code for yourself. Depending on your proficiency, that may be a herculean task.
We limited our testing to Ubuntu and Arch distros. Regards is cross-platform software with binaries available for Mac OS X and Windows.