Phiewer - The standard media viewer for Mac.
Phiewer is the easiest and fastest way to view your images, videos and even audio files. It's folder based so you can just browse your media in one window without any extra clicking and selecting...
*** Fast and Responsive User Interface ***
It's incredibly fast and responsive, your media fits fluidly right into your viewport, of course also in fullscreen mode.
*** Quick Controls ***
A simple controls panel and lots of shortcuts for browsing, rotating, play/pause, toggle fullscreen, toggle info panel and much more is built right in. And hey, it's also possible to rotate videos.
*** File Information / Exif Data Viewer ***
For any of your media you can toggle the info panel to see detailed information and Exif data for example. Phiewer also displays most common RAW camera image formats.
*** Multimedia Slideshow ***
Just hit the Slideshow play button to view your media folders automated with nice transition effects and background music. You can set the interval speed of each slide, choose transition effects and select your music from really cool handpicked background tracks. There is also the possibility to select your own music from your hard drive.
Setting the Slideshow to loop and you will have endless running Memories. You can even play videos and audio mixed within your Slideshow and the music gets automatically dimmed or muted for a nice Media Center like entertainment experience.
*** Stunning Effects ***
Backdrop ambience is a stunning viewing effect. It turns the whole interface background into a blurred ambience like you may have seen in lots of videos on the web.
*** And the Best... ***
...it even plays animated gifs, YEAH! :-)
*** Supported Formats ***
.png, .jpg, .bmp, gif(animated), .heif, .heic, .tiff, .svg, .3fr, .ari, .arw, .bay, .crw, .cr2 ,cap, .dcs, .dcr, .dng, .drf, .eip, .erf, .fff, .iiq, .k25, .kdc, .mef, .mos, .mrw, .nef, .nrw, .obm, .orf, .pef, .ptx, .pxn, .r3d, .raf, .raw, .rwl, .rw2, .rwz, .sr2, .srf, .srw, .x3f
.mp4, .m4v, .m4u, .m4a, .mov, .mkv
.opus, .weba, .webm, .ogg, .ogv, .ogm, .oga, .wav, .mp3, .flac
- Seamless MacOS Mojave dark / light mode integration. Improved file dialogs and system windows display.
- Fixed fullscreen background mode
- Deleted some SlideShow songs for less storage usage
- Improved window behaviour. Keep content on reopen
Ratings and Reviews
Deserves More Attention
I am surprised to see some of the low ratings here, because this is a great viewer. Coming from Windows, there are not too many for Mac that can do what’s needed. It can view images and GIFs, and it can play videos and even audio. It has a slideshow option that allows you to change the duration and apply music, and it has different sorting options like ABC order or most recent. This really works for me, because all I needed was a viewer that could view all of my media files in order. I do animation, and I have several frames and video files for a single sequence, and now I can view them all like a flipbook (kind of). I don’t see what is to dislike about this viewer. It’s organized very nicely. It can take a little longer to load the first media type than other viewers, but it’s not that long. Phiewer even has a slick icon and interface. I’m not sure what I think of the name though. With the way the icon looks, Clover might be a good one.
It has the potential to be very good for culling large quantities of photographs. I typically drop a camera card of files into a folder then go through that folder to delete what is unwanted. After a few tweaks this app looks like it could be useful except for one big frustration...
when you have a folder of images open and you use the arrow keys to go through photos it scrolls through the list of photos in the side view but NOT actually switch photos. It is very frustrating. I would gladly drop $5 on Pro if there was a way to jump between photos in a list/folder instead of just scrolling through their names.
Annoying panel gets in the way
There is an annoying panel that gets in the way of larger photos. There is no way to move or disable the panel. Sometimes it fades away, but sometimes it doesn’t, and when it does, it takes too long to fade away. It really gets in the way of the pictures. Other than that, this app is okay.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.