Though Mac OS X is one of the best Operating systems in terms of inbuilt apps, and user interface. I found the default “Photos” app a bit disappointing. There are reasons for that , for example the absence of arrow key navigation for browsing photos, absence of easy tilt/rotation shortcuts etc. Also, each person has different preferences when it comes to apps . Hence, we bring you the best Photo & Image viewer softwares for Mac OS X –
7 Best Free Image & Photo Viewer Apps for Mac OS X –
Default (Preview) –
The Preview app which comes by default on Mac OS X is a decent enough photo viewer which will get the basic jobs done. The App is lightweight, quick to load as well as offers easy rotation of photos.
The Only part we would like to improve upon here is the fullscreen view user interface, and easy ability to navigate through photos of the same folder by arrow keys, even if they weren’t opened at the first instance.
After all, who will like to select 50 plus photos from a trip folder to view them ?
The above limitations are not at all present inside PhotoScape X. Which is one of our favourite third party image viewer and editor for Mac OS X.
Photoscape can be used to edit Photos as well as to view them, solving the need to use a different photo editor. Also, the best part is that Photoscape X is free to use!
It has some neat and useful features such as removing Red eyes, Mole removal, Adding Fake HDR to non-HDR images, playing with shadows and many more
Phiewer Free Image Viewer
If you are looking for a plain vanilla photo viewer and do not want the Photo editing options, then Phiewer is the app we recommend!
The Best part about Phiewer is that its solely built for Image viewing and thus has some features like Pan & Zoom for Photo Slideshows (To utilise bigger screen resolutions) , background music while slideshow.
Also, Phiewer has a great dark UI which makes it an ideal Image viewer for Mac especially to see the complete color range and avoid color distortion.
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Xee is another fuss-free light weight image viewer for Mac OS devices. The best part of using Xee is that it supports almost any photo format thrown at it, be it RAW or jpeg, gif, psd etc.
Also, since it has a light-user interface operations such as zoom-in , zoom-out, cropping , highlighting take very less time and efforts.
GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation program is perhaps the best free alternative to Photoshop out there!. There are endless possibilities of image viewing and manipulation through GIMP.
Also, since it is based on open-source software and is used across Windows, Linux and even Mac OS X. The app is frequently updated with the latest features and security patches.
GIMP also has HiDPI output support, making it the best photo viewer for 4K Resolution and higher images on Mac OS X devices and external displays
Supported OS : Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) and higher
Incase, if you do not want to install any 3rd party image viewer, or use them rarely – then VLC can do that job for you!. Yes, VLC has an inbuilt codec to view photos, and you can select multiple photos inside VLC to open them as a slideshow video format.
ACD See for Mac
ACD is one of the oldest names in the photo viewing industry and has a great Mac OS app for the photo viewing and editing experience.
Though, ACD See is not fully free . It offers a free 30-day trial which can get a good job done for viewing, editing and organising your Photo collection.
Thus, these are some of the best photo and image viewer apps for Mac OS X devices such as MacBook Air / Pro , iMac Mini , etc. All major new mac os x releases later than Mavericks, El Capitan, High Sierra, Mojave etc are supported. Incase, of any queries / doubts feel free to let us know in the comments section.