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KSquirrel is a new image viewer for KDE, simple and convenient in usage.
While all others use another's decoders, in KSquirrel image decoding is based on own decoders
(ksquirrel-libs) which format is very simple. If support of certain format FMT is necessary
for you, you can write the decoder for KSquirrel, compile and copy it in /usr/lib/ksquirrel-libs.
At desire you can use ksquirrel-libs in other image viewer. Since 0.6.0 ksquireel-libs has
documentation and simple examples.
Due to usage OpenGL show and a manipulation the image is characterized by extreme speed :).
Also in the program customized filters, external programs, tree, thumbnails,
extended thumbnails with the information on the image, flexible options, KIPI support,
archives support are available.
Here is some history :)
In November 2003, testing long time other programs on my collection of images,
I've found an awful thing - any of programs could not show ALL images.
There was no support 32-bit BMP, TGA, animated GIF, PSD, etc. Any of them does not use the
most advanced libraries for decoding images, and use either imlib, or TQImage::load().
Having become dissapointed, I've decided to write the image viewer with the flexible
architecture. Birthday for KSquirrel - on December 10, 2003.
KSquirrel is the first viewer for KDE widely supporting such a quantity of image formats,
including Photoshop PSD, X cursors, animated GIF, FLI Animation, WMF, SVG, TTF, APNG, MNG ...
The detailed information, format of libraries with examples and screenshots you can find
visiting page
* OpenGL drivers are required to run KSquirrel successfully
* To let KSquirrel unpack RAR archives please install tdeio_rar
* To let KSquirrel unpack 7Z archives please install tdeio_p7zip
Keyboard shortcuts
Image window understands many hotkeys. You can invoke help window with either pressing
"/" in image window, or selecting "Hotkeys" from context menu.
Use the following keys in slideshow:
* Return, Escape = stop slideshow
* Pause, Space = pause/unpause slideshow
* Page Up = previous image
* Page Down = next image
* M = enable/disable onscreen messages
DCOP interface
Since 0.6.0-pre5 you can use DCOP interface to manipulate KSquirrel. Just run
# dcop ksquirrel ksquirrel control <param>
Here is a list of avaliable parameters:
Parameter Action Comments
image_animation_toggle toggle animation wrapper for A
image_delete delete image wrapper for Delete
image_first first image wrapper for Home
image_last last image wrapper for End
image_next next image wrapper for PageDown
image_previous previous image wrapper for PageUp
image_information image information wrapper for I
image_page_first first page wrapper for F1
image_page_last last page wrapper for F4
image_page_next next page wrapper for F3
image_page_previous previous page wrapper for F2
image_reset reset wrapper for R
image_window_close close image window wrapper for X
image_window_fullscreen toggle fullscreen mode wrapper for F
image_window_help help wrapper for /
image_window_quickbrowser toggle quickbrowser wrapper for Q
zoom_1 zoom 100% wrapper for 1
zoom_2 zoom 200% wrapper for 2
zoom_3 zoom 300% wrapper for 3
zoom_4 zoom 400% wrapper for 4
zoom_5 zoom 500% wrapper for 5
zoom_6 zoom 600% wrapper for 6
zoom_7 zoom 700% wrapper for 7
zoom_8 zoom 800% wrapper for 8
zoom_9 zoom 900% wrapper for 9
zoom_10 zoom 1000% wrapper for 0
zoom_minus zoom minus wrapper for -
zoom_plus zoom plus wrapper for +
New parameters since 0.6.0-pre8:
- load specified image/directory
# dcop ksquirrel ksquirrel load <path_to_file_or_directory>
- activate window
# dcop ksquirrel ksquirrel activate
New parameters since 0.7.0:
- go to the next file in file manager
# dcop ksquirrel ksquirrel navigator next
- go to the previous file in file manager
# dcop ksquirrel ksquirrel navigator previous
- execute current file in file manager (as if user pressed Enter)
# dcop ksquirrel ksquirrel navigator execute
- activate image window
# dcop ksquirrel ksquirrel activate_image_window
* let's zoom currently loaded image:
[me@localhost /]$ dcop ksquirrel ksquirrel control zoom_plus
* let's load next image in current directory:
[me@localhost /]$ dcop ksquirrel ksquirrel control image_next
Since 0.6.0-pre1 KSquirrel has edit tools:
- convert tool
Since 0.6.0-pre7 KSquirrel has additional edit tools:
- filter tool with many filters
See ChangeLog for more