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    Preview Alternatives

    Preview is described as 'simple and elegant application by Apple for viewing and working with images and PDF documents' and is a very popular Image Viewer in the office & productivity category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Preview for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, and iPad. The best alternative is SumatraPDF, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Preview are IrfanView, Okular, ImageGlass and nomacs.

    Preview is mainly a Image Viewer but alternatives to it may also be PDF Readers or Photo Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Preview.
    This page was last updated May 3, 2022
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    1. Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) viewer for Windows.
      Some users think SumatraPDF is a great alternative to Preview, some don't.
    2. Fast and compact image viewer/converter trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. Many supported file formats and features.
      IrfanView vs Preview opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      I have used Irfanview for years and it's features reliably help me get the job done and it's easy to navigate.
      Positive comment 8 months ago


    3. Multi-platform, fast and packed with features, Okular allows you to read PDF documents, comics and EPub books, browse images, visualize Markdown documents, and much more.
    4. ImageGlass is a simple picture viewer with which you will be able to display your image collection in a very similar way to the one that Windows provides by default, but with some additional functions.


      The first installer available on the website, presented by the author, "ImageGlass Spider", is bundleware. From the privacy policy: "Also, the software shares available resources with the Spider's customers, to pass traffic through your device."

      The author is aware of the problem and indecisive on what action to take. Since less experienced users would fall for the "Spider" edition, be careful when downloading this software.

    5. nomacs is a small, fast image viewer able to handle the most common image formats including RAW images. Additionally it is possible to synchronize multiple viewers. A synchronization of viewers running on the same computer or via LAN is possible.


      The last release is from July 2020, and it seems the main developer is not working on it anymore. See:

    6. XnViewMP is a free software to view, organise, convert graphics and photos files or to create slide show, contact sheet, HTML pages.
      Some users think XnView MP is a great alternative to Preview, some don't.
    7. FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments.
    8. Evince (or GNOME Document Viewer) is a document viewer for multiple document formats: PDF, Postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, XPS, SyncTex support with gedit, comics books (cbr,cbz,cb7 and cbt) and others. See Supported Document Formats for details.
      Evince vs Preview opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It only can read PDFs. Preview can reorder as well as add/delete pages among other things.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      Evince has very little of the functionality of Preview. It doesn't do well with PDF forms, and it doesn't have any of the drawing tools. It doesn't handle common image formats such as jpg, png at all.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      No editing tools or support for common image formats like png, and jpg.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

    9. ImageMagick is a software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in a variety of formats (about 100) including GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PNG, PDF, PhotoCD, TIFF, and DPX.
    10. XnView is a utility for viewing and converting graphic files. XnView is provided as FREEWARE for private non-commercial or educational use (including non-profit organization).
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