gBrowser
gBrowser
2.0b26

4.1

gBrowser free download for Mac

gBrowser

2.0b26
20 March 2010

Image thumbnail browser.

Overview

gBrowser is an image browser and organizer with no annoying databases or hidden libraries. What you see in the Finder is what you see in gBrowser - except gBrowser presents you with large, beautiful thumbnails and gives you the tools to easily view and organize your images.

It includes a thumbnail browser, "Drop Locations" and file flagging tools to make sorting out and moving your images a snap (set hotkeys to send files to certain folders!), a powerful batch rename function with the ability to save presets, the "Image Viewer" which works much like Quicklook on single monitors, but is even more useful when opened permanently on a secondary monitor, Bookmarks for your different photo collections, and more...

What's new in gBrowser

Version 2.0b26: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Easer
16 March 2010

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I've come to very much like this program. I've been looking mostly for a simple but functional image viewer. I'd been using PhotoMechanic, but that was overkill for me, and updating to the newer version would be too pricy for my needs. Everyone has different needs and interests, but I've found gBrowser to be very fast and functional. It has a lot of customization options with key commands, icon and font sizes, etc. (The icons and fonts in PhotoMechanic's sidebar are teeny tiny, just as with Apple's Finder. It would seem that a lot of younger programmers simply do not comprehend what happens to your eyesight as you get older. You would think the ability to adjust these factors would be a given, but a lot of programs - including a lot of image viewing programs - do not offer this feature.) In particular, though, I also like the responsiveness of the developer. There were a few features in gBrowser which, in retrospect, should have been obvious to me if I'd simply taken a few moments to look carefully at the preferences. Instead, I wrote to the developer to ask for help for how to work a few bells and whistles. Rather than chastising me, as some developers have, he took the time to walk me through the processes. (I once wrote to a developer about a sound editing program and asked how to do something. All he wrote to me was, "tinker with it, and you'll figure it out." I never did figure it out. That developer treated me more like an annoyance than a customer. So good customer service means a lot to me.) I recommend that you at least give gBrowser a spin. I think the price is modest for the features and the support. And the developer seems very open to suggestions.
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Version 2.0b23
tx517
19 June 2018
OK app, but suffers from flaws that could prove fatal for many users, depending on the tasks, compared to what other apps can do.

In particular, after deleting a file, the focus is lost. This means that, every time a user removes a picture, he has to find out who the next picture is and click on it. This is a major waste of time and annoyance. Other apps automatically select the next picture. Cleaning a folder is not an option with this app.

Alos, there is no menu / keyboard shortcut to open a pic in its own window, while a double click with the mouse works. Why such a feature is not accessible via the keyboard (or a menu), which again results in a significant waste of time.

Grid view is nice, with a much wider zoom range than many apps.
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Version 2.0b26
Frank-O'Connor
28 January 2014
Hasn't been updated for quite some time, but still works fine under Maverick. Has the nicest grid view of any graphics browser, is fast and responsive in operation, and is still worth what I paid for it after nearly 5 years.
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Version 2.0b26
Xplicit
27 February 2011
Is this still being actively developed?
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Version 2.0b26
4 answer(s)
gatovadio
gatovadio
15 April 2011
the dev says he's working on a bigger project now but he'll get back to gbrowser eventually (at least to fix a couple of bugs). let's keep them crossed. i hate when an app dies in beta stage.
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Schwarz
Schwarz
07 September 2011
My shareware apps are not my full-time job, so unfortunately I can't dedicate as much time as I'd like to them. gBrowser seems to be having particular trouble with remembering/saving preferences in Lion - this appears to be related to the new Versions features. Given that much of the basic code and structure of gBrowser is over a decade old at this point, I've decided to give gBrowser a full, modern rewrite from the ground up. (The only downside for some of you is this rewritten version will require OS X 10.7 or later.) The rewrite began about a month ago, and I might be a quarter of the way through it, code-wise (time-wise it is hard to say, as the final ETA depends on when I have free time). Upgrades to the new (3.0) version will be free for registered users of previous versions. Some features may change, some may fall to the wayside, and some new features may emerge, but I hope to make it even more useful to all of you! Keep an eye out for new betas in the coming months, I always value user input.
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
18 April 2012
Developer: Are you still working on a Lion version? I'd pay for an upgrade. The current version turns my machine into a sloth. This is a great program, so I encourage you to stay with it! Thanks.
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gatovadio
gatovadio
19 April 2012
yeah schwarz, don't give up on gbrowser. i'll gladly pay for an upgrade too.
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gatovadio
15 December 2010
i keep pestering schwarz about updates and feature requests. even tho he may might be fed up with me, he always takes it in a good mood =) gbrowser is a very powerful and flexible file browser, not only image browser. you can make and save individual collections, each one with its own settings and launch them like you launch an app. for movies you can have bigger thumbs to show the cover and movie frame preview, for photos and music smaller thumbs, show folders and files or just folders in the sidebar, show/hide filenames under the thumbs, image metadata info, super flexible hotkey support (if you map them with 'mira' or 'remote buddy', you can navigate the whole gbrowser with your remote) and all of this, *respecting your folder hierarchy*. when did metadata and tags come to replace a carefully constructed and organized folder hierarchy? as a note to many devs: stop trying to organize and move my files into libraries! you are not smarter than me! good grief! either way, it's really very flexible and its slideshow features are something i always wanted and never saw before in another app: play a slideshow folder-recursively in one of a three way shuffle mode: random folders with sequential images, sequential folders with random images or random folders with random images. ... schwarz, finish your latest project soon and fix the 'start slideshow on selected folder and subfolders' shortcut that doesn't stick, pretty please! yeah it's me, damazio.
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Version 2.0b26
Uncle-zed
11 December 2010
Unfortunately the app works slow on my 2GHz C2d Macbook. it isn't also really customisable. I was really hoping in this app. Since I've moved to Mac (about 4 year ago) i still cant find proper replacement for windows's ACDsee Classic 2.4. it was very fast, verty simple, customisable with the best browsing/ viewing experiance. I am not talking abou ale the superhiper Acdseepro ect. the classic 2.4 is still what I am looking for. any ideas?
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Version 2.0b26
dabcca
16 July 2010
I have been looking for a replacement for Adobe Bridge. I was pleased to stumble upon gBrowser here in MacUpdate. Wow what a great piece of software. Nothing fancy but that's the just of it. It is lightening fast in comparison to Bridge and has some great features (e.g. file renaming, creating collections). It is missing one feature however and that is tagging/keywords; mind you Bridge doesn't support tagging either. Still, I am very impressed and paid for a license after an hour of use. I'll give it a solid 4 stars. Give me tagging and it gets 5.
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Version 2.0b26
Easer
16 March 2010
I've come to very much like this program. I've been looking mostly for a simple but functional image viewer. I'd been using PhotoMechanic, but that was overkill for me, and updating to the newer version would be too pricy for my needs. Everyone has different needs and interests, but I've found gBrowser to be very fast and functional. It has a lot of customization options with key commands, icon and font sizes, etc. (The icons and fonts in PhotoMechanic's sidebar are teeny tiny, just as with Apple's Finder. It would seem that a lot of younger programmers simply do not comprehend what happens to your eyesight as you get older. You would think the ability to adjust these factors would be a given, but a lot of programs - including a lot of image viewing programs - do not offer this feature.) In particular, though, I also like the responsiveness of the developer. There were a few features in gBrowser which, in retrospect, should have been obvious to me if I'd simply taken a few moments to look carefully at the preferences. Instead, I wrote to the developer to ask for help for how to work a few bells and whistles. Rather than chastising me, as some developers have, he took the time to walk me through the processes. (I once wrote to a developer about a sound editing program and asked how to do something. All he wrote to me was, "tinker with it, and you'll figure it out." I never did figure it out. That developer treated me more like an annoyance than a customer. So good customer service means a lot to me.) I recommend that you at least give gBrowser a spin. I think the price is modest for the features and the support. And the developer seems very open to suggestions.
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Version 2.0b23
An-onymous
14 March 2010
Thank you Schwartz. It is all clear now. I must definitely get used to the Windows-ish (now Mac-ish too) way to navigate through the HDs.
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Version 2.0b22
An-onymous
13 March 2010
Thank you for your reply, Schwartz. 1. I regret that adding the Coverflow option is not planned in the near future. Indeed, I have become so used to CoverFlow's smoothness and rapidity, and I find it so free and pleasant, that I can no longer bear discrete image shows. 2. To clarify the issue with folder moves : I could not directly open an image folder from gBrowser. I could only drag its icon from its location into the gBrowser window. Then, the folder is automatically displaced from its initial location into the User's "Image" Folder as Apple calls it.
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Version 2.0b22
1 answer(s)
Schwarz
Schwarz
14 March 2010
As part of the photo/file organization abilities of gBrowser it supports moving and copying files via drag and drop. Also, the Sidebar defaults to showing your Pictures folder. If you drag and drop a folder into your Pictures folder in gBrowser, as you would expect it will move your folder there. To open a folder in a new window from the Finder just drop it onto the gBrowser icon. To navigate in the Sidebar in a window you already have open, double-click a folder to go deeper, or use the popup at the top to navigate back toward the top level of your drives. You can add frequently-used folders to the Bookmarks popup menu for quicker navigation. Also, see the Navigation menu in the main menu for more useful shortcuts.
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Version 2.0b22
An-onymous
11 March 2010
The main advantage of this app is its speed, especially when compared to GraphicConverter's slowliness in preparing slideshows of large folders. HOWEVER, it has apparently the same defect as iPhoto and other tyrannic Apple apps: when a folder is selected it is automatically/definitively displaced to the Image Folder of the User Folder.
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Version 2.0b22
3 answer(s)
An-onymous
An-onymous
11 March 2010
I forgot to add that the CoverFlow option is missing. As CoverFlow is a pleasant alternative to slideshows and static views and CoverFlow is fully implemented in MacOs 10.5. it should be found in any convenient image viewer.
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Version 2.0b22
Schwarz
Schwarz
12 March 2010
Coverflow will come at a later date, but unfortunately it isn't a high priority item. Can you clarify what you mean when you say "when a folder is selected it is automatically/definitively displaced to the Image Folder of the User Folder"? gBrowser does not move your folders or files anywhere.
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Version 2.0b22
Easer
Easer
13 March 2010
For the benefit of the developer, I'm not experiencing the problem being described here. Nothing has been added to my User/Pictures folder or anything like that. The program seems to work quite well.
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Version 2.0b22
$20.00

4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 64
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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