The project was started in March, 2006 according to the CHANGELOG file. Mirage has undergone rapid development since then, with fifteen releases so far.
In 2004, LWN's Jon Corbet wrote The Grumpy Editor's Guide to Image Viewers. One conclusion of the article was that none of the current image viewers were as useful as xv:
Nothing has changed in regards to xv development, but xv is still the standard that other viewers are judged against. Let's see how Mirage stacks up.
Here are some of the features offered by Mirage:
Some of the features that your author has come to depend on in xv, but are not available in Mirage include:
Some of these missing functions, such as image grab and convert, can be handled by external commands. Perhaps that is in line with the Mirage lightweight design philosophy, but the omissions come at the cost of user inconvenience.
Your author tried out version 0.8.1 of Mirage on an Ubuntu Edgy Eft system, for the most part, the application behaved as advertised. There was a slight problem starting up the slideshow mode, when the application was opened up with a *.jpg command line option, the slideshow button was grayed-out until several images were first viewed manually. A repeat slideshow option would also be useful if the application were to be used in an unattended mode.
Mirage has a nice look and feel, for the basic job of viewing large collections of images, it performs quite well and your author will keep it on his machine.
The Mirage source code and packages are available for download here.
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