Starting. Adding new xmp/iptc data. Using plugins.
What does not
Changing xmp/iptc data --- you may change the data, but afterwards it is reset to the old value. Changing any configuration data --- you may change it for the session. After quitting and starting xnview the old configuration is active again. Shutting down crashes the application. If a plugin needs reloading, it crashes the whole application. Not all available plugins are working as expected.
What was not tested
[Maintainer's Note] Try changing Windows version in Wine Configuration to Windows 95. Worked for me for saving Options and Bookmark changes permanently in Ubuntu 11.04 with Wine 1.0
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Linux Mint 11 "Katya" x86_64||Dec 16 2011||1.3.34||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Current||Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Aug 07 2011||1.2.3||Yes||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 14 x86_64||Mar 08 2011||1.3.12||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 24 2010||1.2||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Marc MOREL|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 14 2010||1.1.44||Yes||Yes||Silver||Shnatsel|
I've had problems using Xnview 1.9 with versions of Wine later than 1.2 on Ubuntu 9.10 and later. But I've found that the newer versions of Wine don't add any functionality to XnView and since I don't use Wine for anything else, I've stuck with version 1.2 and found that the crashes I used to get when using the later versions of Wine when closing XnView and occasionally while working in it have disappeared.
For Photoshop plugins (that's my main reason for using XnView on Linux) add msvcrt10.dll and mfc42.dll to the .wine/drive_c/windows/system32 directory. It doesn't allow enable all photoshop filters to work for me, but it does enable most of them. Just Google the filenames and you'll find a download site for them.
XnView Program Settings: Changes to the options dialog and bookmarks (favorite directories) and other saved settings are often lost when the program is closed. I've changed the Windows Version in the Wine Configuration Tool to Windows 95 and that seems to fix it; settings are saved permanently (like they should be). This doesn't seem to affect how the rest of Xnview works.
Gui Refresh: I have always experienced incomplete Gui refresh (bits of the window area disappear), but this can be solved somewhat by hitting ctrl+r to refresh the screen (not very convenient). I don't know of any way to get XnView's Gui to automatically refresh and do it completely, so if you have this problem as well I think it's normal under WINE.
XnView MP: There is a native binary version of XnView for Linux downloadable from the XnView website. I have tried it recently (Dec-2011) in the 64-bit version on Ubuntu 12.04 (alpha1) and it works very well now and is very much like the Windows version (plain XnView). It doesn't have a Photoshop filter feature but it does do most of the basic graphical functions of XnView and is fast. It's now my main image viewer on Ubuntu. (You have to edit the "image-viewer.desktop" icon in /usr/share/applications to set it as the default image viewer.)
If you've discovered any other tips or tricks please add them here in the AppDB; I'd really like to hear of any tweaks to make XnView work better.
Thank-you to everyone who's taken the time to submit reports.
---Tim Hodkinson, Toronto, Canada, updated: December-2011