Softpedia Editor's Review for DjView
A very complex DjVu document viewer.
Written by Giorgiana Arghire on May 1st, 2013
DjVu is a graphic format that can compress color files to a greater degree than JPEG or TIFF standards, this is why this format is used mostly for distributing documents on the Internet due to their reduced size. DjView is a user-friendly application for accessing this type of files.
The software interface is intuitive and the main window displays the contents of the source file, allowing users to easily navigate to various bookmarks or opening another page of the current document. In addition, users can also search for a certain text word or regular expression within the file.
The application can also display metadata of the file, specifying details such as the creation date, that date when it was modified last, as well as the software used to generate it.
Not only can DjView be used to open DjVu documents, it can also export them to other formats that are supported by a wider range of apps, such as PDF, BMP, ICO, TIFF, PNG, JPEG, PostScript, PPM or XBM. One can choose a single page to be exported or specify the page range they are interested in.
When it comes to opening large DjVu files with numerous pages, users can not only invert luminance, but they can also choose to view the pages side by side or in continuous mode. Also, considering DjVu’s typically contain numerous colors, a so-called stencil mode is also available (in addition to the standard color one).
The Preferences window is the place where one can calibrate the screen color scheme and the resolution to make sure they can view their documents in the best conditions possible. Users can also assign keyboard hotkeys for various actions, such as displaying the lens, selecting text or images and showing hyperlinks.
Overall, DjView is a useful application for all those who often deal with DjVu files and want to read them with any hassle.
Here are some key features of "DjView":
· A standalone DjVu viewer for Unix under X11 (based on the Qt library).
· A browser plugin that works with most Unix browsers, including: Netscape-4.x, Netscape-6.x, Mozilla, Galeon, Konqueror, and Opera.
· A full-fledged wavelet-based compressor for pictures.
· A simple compressor for bitonal (black and white) scanned pages.
· A very simple compressor for scanned color pages.
· A compressor for palettized images (a la GIF/PNG).
· A full set of utilities to manipulate and assemble DjVu images and documents.
· A set of decoders to convert DjVu to a number of other formats.
· An up-to-date version of the C++ DjVu Reference Library