Chapter 4. Thumbnail viewer

Selecting View Images in the browser, you get to a thumbnail overview of the images currently in scope (or all images if no scope have been selected [5]). An example of this can be seen in Figure 4.1 below. The size and number of the thumbnails can be configure in from the Settings|Configure KimDaBa menu as described in Chapter 7.

Figure 4.1. Thumnail View

In the thumbnail overview you can reorder your pictures by dragging them around with the mouse, or cut and paste them using the keyboard. But most important you can start the viewer simply by clicking on an image from there.

Dragging an image from the viewer to the background will set the image as the background image of your desktop.

By clicking on an image you load it into the viewer, if no viewer window is present, a viewer window will be created.

If you select a number of images, and presses i (or chooses "Images|View Selected"), the images will be loaded into the existing viewer (if no viewer exists, one will be created). Finally, pressing control+i (or choosing "Images|View Selected (in new window)" ), the images will be loaded into a new viewer.

Deleting Images

From the thumbnail views it is also possible to delete images. To do so select the images you want to delete and press the delete key or select Edit|Delete Selected from the menu bar. Doing so KimDaBa will show you the dialog in Figure 4.2

Figure 4.2. Deleting Images

There are two ways of deleting an image in KimDaBa, namely either delete it from the disk, which means that it will be permanently gone, or tell KimDaBa not to include it. In the later situation, KimDaBa will never again show the image, but it will keep it on disk. This is useful if there for example is thumbnail images stored among your images. This thumbnail image would contain an overview of all the other images, and would thus be useless in KimDaBa, but for other application, say a web browser, it might be needed.

[5] To avoid that your X server runs out of memory KimDaBa limits the amount of images you look at a time. The limit can be configured in the Options dialog.