Image viewers for the Mac span the spectrum from end to end. Adobe has an image viewer in Photoshop and Lightroom. There’s also a way to view images and photo details in Apple’s Aperture app. iPhoto, of course, is also an image viewer with a few bells and whistles. At the other end of the scale is the Mac’s Finder. Drop photos into a folder and use the Cover Flow setting to view images.
Or, use LilyView, an inexpensive, lightweight, minimalist Mac image viewer– it Multi-Touch friendly and doesn’t even bother with a library of photos. Just drop images into a folder and LilyView does the rest. See? Simplicity personified.
The overriding idea behind LilyView appears to be simplicity. Instead of giving you a lengthy menu of options, LilyView’s controls only appear when you want– everything else is handled by Multi-Touch on a Magic Trackpad or a MacBook’s trackpad.
There’s no distracting chrome or frames or borders on the images, either. The image simply floats over the Mac’s screen, and can be manipulated by Multi-Touch gestures. Rotate, zoom, browse with your fingertips.
Two fingers on the trackpad manipulate images left and right or rotation. Spread finger tips to zoom in, pinch to zoom back out. What could be easier? Lightweight, indeed.
LilyView is a good way to sort through a folder of large images. Response, even on large photos, is quick and smooth. And, of course, there are options to use the keyboard if your Mac isn’t blessed with a trackpad.