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The effbot.exe/imageview Utility

April 29, 2003 | Fredrik Lundh

This effbot.exe utility is a simple image viewer, based on the Python Imaging Library.

[download] [user’s guide]


To run this effbot.exe application, you need to install the following packages, in order:

(Newer versions may be available from the effbot.org downloads site).

Once you’ve installed effbot.exe/effnews, you should be able to install the pil114.effbot and imageview.effbot packages simply by downloading them and opening the files. If you’re using IE, you can open the files directly from the web page. With other browsers, you may have to save it to disk before opening the file. The first time you open a package, the effbot.exe framework will ask you if you want to install the package. Click OK to proceed.

To be able to run the application again without downloading it, open the c:/effbot.exe directory, and use the context menu to create a shortcut to the imageview.effbot file. Drag this shortcut to the desktop, to your start menu, or to the activity bar.

User’s Guide

(for release 0.0.3)

Starting the Application

Use the imageview.effbot icon on the desktop to start the application.

If there is no icon on the desktop, use the explorer to locate the c:\effbot.exe directory, and run the imageview.effbot file in that directory.

You can drag the icon to the start menu or to the process bar. If there is no icon, you can use the explorer to locate the imageview file, and use the “send to” menu to create a desktop shortcut.

Viewing Images

When you start the application, it displays a list of all image files in C:/ directory to the left. To display an image, just click on its name.

You can use the mouse or the arrow keys to display other images.

To display images from another directory, click on the “open image” button in the lower left corner, and use the standard file dialogue to select a file. The file list is updated to include all image files in the corresponding directory.

You can also drag a file or a directory from the Windows explorer, and drop it on the application window.

Leaving the application

To leave the application, click on the close button in the upper left corner.