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Member Since: Jun 30, 2013
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Hi all,

I am looking for a general purpose image viewer that would level up, or surpass ACDSee Classic 2.43 in 2 categories. Speed of opening full screen JPG images, and use of very little resources while doing so.

For reference, I am using a OSX 10.8.4 on Macbook Pro from 2010 with 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo and 8GB of ram.

On occasion I need to review hundreds of photos and select the once I like out of them. I am sure many professional photographers know what I am talking about. In any case, for this task all I need is a program that can quickly (as quickly as possible) flip through hundreds of images. I have tried the following programs, all of which are too slow, and use way too much CPU (thus making computer hot).
  1. Preview
  2. Finder
  3. Xee
  4. Sequential
  5. Lyn
  6. Lightroom
  7. Bridge
  8. XnViewMP
  9. ACDSee Pro 3 Mac

And all of the above I find too slow, except for XnView, which works fast enough but uses 100% of the CPU consistently while flipping through pictures.

I am comparing all these to my 13 year old copy of ACDSee Classic 2.43 running under Wine on the same mac. It is consistently at least 2x as fast as any of the above programs while loading my CPU to only about 30% at worse, and consuming very little resources otherwise.

What gives? To be honest, I am switching from a Windows environment. Under windows I never had the need to find anything faster or better then ACDSee 2.43. Searching what modern windows have to offer, they all come short too. Any photographers there with any suggestions or ideas?
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