Xee is an streamlined and convenient image viewer and browser. It is similar to macOS's Preview.app, but lets you easily browse the entire contents of folders and archives, move and copy image files quickly, and supports many more image formats. It also shows animation for formats which support this.
It is designed to take full advantage of touch controls, allowing you to swipe through images in a folder one by one. You can of course also zoom and rotate files using multi-touch gestures.
Xee can also display huge amounts of metadata from image files. For this, it uses Image::ExifTool, one of the most comprehensive metadata libraries.
Loading images directly from archive files is also possible, and Xee works very well as a comic book reader.
Xee offers multiple visual styles. This allows you to, for instance, pick one which is less distracting while sorting through photos.
• Fixes a browsing issue on High Sierra.
• Fixes a couple of other minor issues.
Ratings and Reviews
I rarely write reviews but I feel compelled to because I love this program and I don’t think the ratings here reflect how good it is. I’m using the latest version, which at the moment is 3.5.3, and many of the complaints I’ve read in these reviews apparently apply to previous versions because they don’t apply to the version I have.
I’ve used several other image viewing programs, both paid and unpaid, but this is my favorite. I shoot and sort a lot of images and Xee has some key features that really help me. It has a pretty sophisticated copy/move system where you can dynamically specify up to 10 destination folders and then move or copy each image into one of those destinations with a keystroke. I love the fact that almost all of the many commands in the system are assignable to keyboard keys via a very easy to use Preferences->Keyboard screen. So I’ve got my whole keyboard mapped out for quick scanning, zooming, sorting, and even some rudimentary editing (just rotating, flipping, and cropping). For example, I assigned the keys 1 through 5 to move the current image to one of 5 different destinations, so it is easy to zip through and sort a bunch of images into good/better/best/reject, for example, or into “bride”/“groom”/“other”, etc., with a single keystroke.
I do have a few quibbles and I’ve given some feedback to MacPaw so I’m hoping we’ll continue to see improvements. But for $4 it sure filled a big hole in the Mac image handling for me!
Below Average User Interface
This application does in fact display various graphic formats; however, the user interface is crude and hardly intuitive and the application itself shows its age. With a little extra effort this application could be on the top of the heap. As it stands, it's a dissappointment.
When the application starts it does not open a typical application window. It puts the icon in the dock and once you click on the icon the menu bar is parked at the top and one has to physically click on it, select file and open a file or directory. I would have expected a more intitive layout with directories on the left and picture content on the right (more like finder). You cannot browse through directories, select multiple directories or really do much with the interface that cannot already be done with scarcely more work than one can do with finder already.
Yes, it’s a little better than that, but for a paid application I would have expected the author to spend a lot more effort on the user interface and making the picture browsing a lot more like what is out of the box with Windows machines. After all, that is why people buy apps like this — to get what Windows does already out-of-the-box. It’s a shame really that nothing on Apple comes anywhere near Windows for picture file browsing.
Had I to do it over again, I probably would not have spend the $4, but on the other hand, it’s only $4.
Response to the bad reviews
By itself it is a little weak. Here is what I do. I use it as the default application to view any image. Then I use Lyn as my Volume and Folder Browser. The combination cost twenty six dollars and I don’t think there is a better way to manage images on a Mac. I searched for ever for a Thumbsplus replacement when I switched to Mac. Photo Mechanic 5 worked well but I couldn’t afford. Xee and Lyn together are a perfect replacement. I did purchase here and as another said ended up buying online as well. Still cheap compared to everything else I tried. I browse with Lyn, double click on image, Xee takes over in full screen, hit escape, close, and I am back in Lyn.
Give it a try see how well they work together
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.