Supported File Types

The Image Viewer supports quite a handful of image file types, listed in Table 10-1.

Table 10-1: Image Viewer File Types

File Type

Description

SVG

Scalable vector graphics

XPM

X pixmap for X Windows

XBM

X bitmap for X Windows

WBMP

Wireless application protocol bitmap

TGA

Truevision Targa file format

RAS

Sun raster image

PNM

Portable any map format

PCX

PC Paintbrush format

ICNS

Icon image format

ANI

Atari image format

GIF

Graphics interchange format

BMP

Bitmap format

ICO

Icon format for Microsoft Windows

JPEG

Joint Photographic Experts Group compressed image file

PNG

Portable network graphics format

TIFF

Adobe tagged image file format

One of the great features of Image Viewer is that you can use the Save As function in the File menu bar to convert an image from one image type to another.

You can also launch Image Viewer from the command-line prompt in Terminal. The program is called eog (for Eye of GNOME). If you run the eog program by itself, the Image Viewer window opens with no image in it. You can view a specific image using the command eog imagefile

There are also a host of command-line parameters you can use with the eog program. Some of the more useful ones are

• --disable-sound: Don't allow access to the sound server from the image.

• --displ ay=DISPLAY: Change the default X Window server for displaying the Image Viewer.

• --enable-sound: Allow access to the sound server from the image.

For additional information, see Chapter 19, "The Ubuntu Command Line."

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