The Finder works as an image and photo viewer. It’s a bit clumsy perhaps, but with Cover Flow it’s not exactly ugly. And it’s built-in and free. So is the new Photos app. Maybe not as clumsy, but a good way to save, store, manage, and view photos or graphic images. Anything else?
Better. Than. Preview.
What about the Preview app? We think of it as Apple’s version of a PDF reader, and it does that well, up to and including annotations and signatures. But it’s also a default reader for certain file types, and that often includes .PNG files, .GIF files, and .JPG files.
There is a better way. It’s an inexpensive Mac image and photo browser called Zee. The claim to fame here is Zee’s simple ability to browse a folder of files, including sub-folders within the folder, move quickly forwards and backwards through all images and photos; and resize the window to fit the images.
Zee lets you use touch controls to navigate between files, too. Images and photos can be resized using the Mac’s trackpad; even rotating files can be handled in Zee. Files can be rearranged and sorted in Zee and it keeps track of previously used locations on your Mac.
Utilities include deleting and renaming images and photos, opening them in another app for editing, and even adding Finder labels– all from within Zee. What kinds of files can be managed and viewed in Zee?
The standard graphic and image file formats from .JPG to .PNG to .GIF to .TIFF but also RAW camera photos, and Zee is up to date and supports the new WebP and APNG formats, but also ancient file formats from yesteryear; PCX, MSX MAG and MKI, Unix PNM, XPM, and XBM files, plus PDFs and it can open and view layers of Photoshop PSD files.
Take that, Photos.
Unlike most image viewers, Zee is archive savvy and can view images within a .zip archive (Zip, RAR, 7z and many, many others), including comic book CBR and CBZ files. There’s so much to like within Zee that it’s hard to believe the price tag (less than a good cheeseburger at Mickey-D’s).
Now, about the negatives. Even on a new MacBook Pro with an i7 Intel Inside, and a screaming fast SSD, Zee feels slow. It works well, but slower than the Lyn image browser which also features meta data, image enhancement tools, and a hefty price tag.