ToyViewer supports at least 4 different file extensions. The basic files that ToyViewer supports are.PNM. However, not all of the extensions listed on the list are always used to save the effects of work in ToyViewer. Very often, files with such extensions are used as source data files used by ToyViewer. On top of working as an image viewer for a number of different graphic formats, ToyViewer has a lot of basic editing functions and a simple selection of filters that you can apply to transform your pictures.
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Charles Moore - 2009.09.28 - Tip Jar
For the past seven years or so, the image editing tool I use most -a lot more than Photoshop Elements or Pixelmator - is the veryprofessionally turned out freeware ToyViewer,which I find slicker than any other software I know of for simple imageresizing and format conversion. ToyViewer also has some handy imagecorrection filters.
This month, ToyViewer's developer, Mr. Takeshi Ogihara, releasedVersion 5.0 of the application, upgrading it to support Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard',and also releasing separate version 5.0 builds for OS X 10.4 'Tiger' and OS X 10.5 'Leopard'.
This is ToyViewer's most substantial upgrade in several years, withthe already very attractive user interface facelifted for a fresh look,some new features, and expanded preferences.
It's always a bit disconcerting when a software tool one depends onreceives a major overhaul - sort of like someone coming into your homewhile your out and rearranged the furniture. That analogy is probably abit exaggerated with this upgrade, at least in terms of appearance,since everything is still where one expects to find it, but in terms offunctionality with OS X 10.5, which I'm still using, there aresome problematical issues.
The most serious of these for me is the way ToyViewer 5 handles PICTimages imported through the Clipboard - one of the most frequent modesI use with ToyViewer. OS X 10.5 screen shots are copied as PICTimages, and it's also the default screen shot format for Color It! 4.5, anothervenerable image editing application I still use a lot.
The long and short of it is that at least in its Leopard iteration(and probably the Tiger as well), ToyViewer no longer renders ClipboardPICT images usably, with the result both grossly enlarged and itsaspect ratio distorted. This is serious enough that it will probably benecessary for me to downgrade to ToyViewer 4.92, at least until Iupgrade my operating system to Snow Leopard. In the meantime, I'm usingOS X Preview as a 'PICT buffer' of sorts to convert screen shotscopied directly to the Clipboard (Command-Shift-Option-3 or -4) andClipboard cuts from Color It! to ToyViewer-friendly formats.
In the release notes posted on his website, Ogihara warns that inToyViewer 5.0 for Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5, 'some functions won'twork as expected,' attributing the reason to limitations in the WebKitAPI, so current Tiger and Leopard users should check the list ofcaveats he has posted before deciding whether to install this versionupdate or stick with ToyViewer 4.92.
New features and changes in ToyViewer version 5.0 include:
- Color profiles embedded in image files can be replaced. Exif andGPS information are also displayed.
- You can save image files with/without Exif and GPSinformation.
- Images with CMYK color space can be dealt with easily.
- SVG image files can be displayed. Note that, however, all kinds ofSVG cannot be displayed correctly (it depends on WebKit).
- TIFF Stacks, that is, TIFF image files with multi-frame, can bedisplayed. Moreover, ToyViewer can show animation of TIFF and GIF fileswith multi-frame.
- Displayed images can be easily enlarged/shrunk by new mouseoperation.
- The interface to see files in a directory sequentially by usingfull-screen is greatly changed. You can see two images at the same timeas an opened book, and two or more pieces be seen infast-forwarding.
- The effect of obtaining the contour from an image is updated.
- New effect called 'Cartoon' is added. You can add the contour tocartoon and posterize effects.
- Blur effect has variations: Gaussian filter, Median filter, andKuwahara filter.
As before, ToyViewer can read and display image files in a widerange of file formats including: tiff, jpg, pdf, png, gif, bmp, pict,JPEG2000(jp2, jpc, j2k), and eps.
ToyViewer also deals with svg, jbig(bie), pcx, pcd, pnm (ppm, pbm,pgm), xbm, mag, SUN Rasterfile and others. For example, if you haveAdobe Photoshop, ToyViewer can display psd image files. You can setToyViewer to display any image format if there is a filter program toppm format.
Displayed images can be saved as follows: tiff, pdf, gif, bmp, png,jpg, JPEG2000 (jp2, jpc, j2k), jbig (bie), pnm, or xbm. Vector imagessuch as PDF can be converted into bitmap images such as jpg ortiff.
Color profiles embedded in image files can be replaced. Exif and GPSinformation are also displayed. You can save image files with/withoutExif and GPS information. Moreover, you can add comments to images(depending on file format).
ToyViewer can display each image file in a folder one by one infull-screen mode. You can also mark images to move - or to delete. Withthis feature, ToyViewer can be used as a no-hassle slideshow or comicviewer.
ToyViewer can display images in full-screen and in front of allother windows. If you like a displayed image, you can make it theDesktop picture (wallpaper) of your Mac.
ToyViewer provides simple animation player for animated GIFs andTIFF Stacks. Additionally, each frame of and each page of a PDF can beviewed as a single image.
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As always with ToyViewer, you can rotate, flip, clip, enlarge, orshrink images.
While it's complimentary to, rather than a replacement for, afull-featured image editor like PSE or Pixelmator or Acorn, given it'slightweight and nimble speediness, ToyViewer has surprisingly powerfulability to adjust brightness, contrast, and color tone of images if youneed some quick and convenient image manipulation. You can replace aspecified color with another color or transparent color and also makeimages with palettes or convert them to monochrome images.
ToyViewer has some typical operations to images, such asenhancement, blur, mosaic, and so on. You can also makeAqua-button-like images, poster-like images, and more.
ToyViewer can attach a custom icon to any file as well as newlysaved image file.
Images can be printed. An image is automatically shrunk to beprinted on a sheet or divided into multi pages.
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later (different versions for10.4, 10.5, and 10,6)
- Binary for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 6.0 MB
- Binary for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (Universal), 6.6 MB
- Binary for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (Universal), 5.6 MB
ToyViewer 5.00 is not available for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) andearlier versions. You can use ToyViewer 4.92 or earlier ones with theseversions.
System Support: PPC/Intel
Low End Mac Ratings:
- Version 4.92 - (at least for Tiger and Leopard users) 4 out of4.
- Version 5.0 - (for Tiger and Leopard users) 2 out of 4
- Version 5.0 - (for Snow Leopard) not rated until I get to try it.If the Clipboard glitch is not present, I provisionally anticipate 4out of 4.
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