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Supported Platforms: UNIX W/X11, VMS W/X11, Windows-NT W/X11
Authors Name: John Bradley
Version: 3.10a
Price: $25 (Single user license)
Installed Size: 1MB (+3.6MB for the Manual)


XV is one of the tools I use ALL of the time. It is the most wonderful tool for displaying images of all types, including GIF, TIFF, JPEG, BMP, X11 Bitmaps, Sun Rasters, IRIS RGB images, and a whole pile of others. It can re-size images, crop images, diddle the colors, do some simple image processing, generate EPS files, capture X11 windows (great for incorporating program screens in web pages or documentation). It is a "must install" for all UNIX machines. At least as important as programs like "more" or "man", maybe more important.

XV is very easy to use -- you don't really need the manual. XV is also expandable -- you can add custom features or add support for odd file formats. There is version called XVscan that includes support for scanners.

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Reviewed by Robert Heller (Deepwoods Software)

The program is $25 for non-commercial personal use and can be downloaded from

The official source distribution is named "xv-3.10a.tar.gz" and is about 2.3MBytes in size. I did not actually download this -- xv *comes* with most Linux distributions.

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