As we know that Mac has a built-in image viewer application but many people don’t find it impressive. Some good photo viewers for Mac are available that offer advanced features and better accessibility.
I have tested 20 applications and sorted the 9 best apps to view photos on Mac. These apps also have some nice photo editing features too.
9 Best Mac Images Viewer Apps 2023
- Picasa for Mac
- Adobe Bridge
- ACDSee for Mac
- XnView MP
1. ApolloOne Photo Video Viewer [Free]
As the name indicates using this tool you can view photos and videos on your Mac computer. The tool is available on the official Mac App store. It has a rating of 3.9 which is nice.
According to the official website the tool is created by photographers. So, it has the features that photographers need. It does not have photo editing features.
With this tool, you can edit the location of photos with the help of Apple and Google Maps. All you have to do is drag and drop and the location will be updated.
Another impressive feature of this tool is the metadata editor. In this tool, you can easily view and edit EXIF data of photos. My favorite feature in this tool is batch renaming which allows you to change the name of multiple images at once.
In this tool, you can perform basic functions like cut, copy, paste, and delete with keyboard shortcuts which makes this software easy to use. You can also attach keywords with images so you can search them easily.
It has an advanced feature to filter images according to their geo-location. This feature is very useful for photographers. As I said earlier this tool is made by and for photographers so, it has some exclusive features for photographers i.e.
- Display camera AF points.
- Magnify AF points.
- Cycle through AF points.
It also has features for normal users too i.e.
- Batch renaming photos.
- Easy photo management on Mac.
- Advanced search and filtering options.
- Operate the software with a trackpad, mouse, and keyboard.
- You can play animated GIF files using this tool.
- This software is available in 11 languages including English, German, French, and Chinese.
Pixea is one of the best free photo viewers for Mac. It supports JPEG, HEIC, GIF, PNG, and 20 other image formats. Along with viewing photos on Mac, it can show you other useful data about images i.e. EXIF and Color’s Histogram.
You can also operate this software with your keyboard. Pixea also works with cool trackpad gestures.
You can see the supported keyboard shortcuts in the image below-
This pic viewer for Mac has a very powerful machine-learning algorithm to upscale images.
With the help of this Mac image viewer app, you can also reduce photo noise very easily.
3. Picasa for Mac
Picasa is a Mac photo viewer software developed by Google. Although it is officially shut down by Google but, you can still download it from third-party websites like Softonic, Uptodown, etc.
This was supposed to be an iPhotos competitor by Google but for some reason, Google discontinued the product.
In this software, you need to scan a drive on your computer to import photos. After adding photos you can see them in the software. It also allows you to drag and drop photos to change the location.
Picasa makes it very easy to manage and find photos when needed. This Mac picture viewer software allows adding tags to images to sort and find them easily.
Picasa for Mac also allows sharing photos on other platforms. Also, you can perform some basic photo editing features with this software. Using Picasa you can find duplicate images on your system. The best thing that I like about this software is its ability to compress photos so I can save space on my Mac.
4. Adobe Bridge
Adobe Brides For is Mac is not just a Photo viewer it is a very powerful tool. If you are not fond of high-tech software and want a simple image viewer then I recommend not downloading it.
But if you love exploring feature-rich applications then this is the best choice for you.
Using Adobe Bridge you can do multiple tasks but here we will only discuss those are related to this blog. The software lets you import and preview photos easily.
This is one of the best Mac photos management software. You can add metadata to images so, you can search and find the images whenever required.
Adobe Bridge allows you to use filters to find images quickly. So, Adobe Bridge is a great tool to organize photos and easily view them on your Mac.
5. ACDSee For Mac
Another advanced photo viewer for Mac in the list is ACDSee. It is not just an image viewer tool but has a lot of advanced features. Using this tool you can easily view photos on Mac.
Also, you can edit photos to a professional level using this tool. The latest version of this software is “ACDSee Photo Studio For Mac 9”.
In order to use this software you need to match some system requirements i.e. Apple M1 Chip or Intel® processor and GPU with metal support. Your computer needs to have at least 4 GB of RAM. And it will seamlessly work on macOS Big Sur (11), macOS Monterey (12), or macOS Ventura (13).
ACDSee image viewer for Mac has a vast online community of users who discuss problems and solutions related to the product. Also, you can find helpful video tutorials online about this software.
It also has an app that is synced with the Mac version of this software. So, if you want you can upload photos from your phone directly to the software.
ACDSee has some advanced photo editing features which may seem difficult to understand but ACDSee provides online workshops to teach about the software.
This tool is a perfect choice for people who just want a simple Mac photo viewer. It is a very basic tool but also has some editing features. Like any other Mac app in this category, you can organize photos very easily.
If you want to use the latest version of this software then you need to have macOS High Sierra (10.13) or later. The latest version of this software is Lyn v2.2.3.
The best thing about this software is that it also has an integrated Video player and PDF viewer. So you don’t need to download any other software to view videos and PDFs.
Lyn image viewer for Mac also has a powerful geotagging feature. Using this tool you can view and compare images and even start a slideshow with background music.
The tool supports almost every image format that is supported by macOS.
Viso photo viewer app for Mac is a very nice program to view photos. This software costs $7.99 but you can try this software for free. The best feature of this tool is when you open an image the tool will display additional information about the image i.e. image size, image type, pixel, and much more. If you don’t want to see these details you can hide them.
With this software, you can navigate through images with the help of keyboard arrow keys. And like any other Mac image viewer on the list, you can copy, paste and delete images with this app.
You can control this app with the help of a Mac touch bar. Viso also works as a Mac image converter app.
If you want the simplest photo viewer app for Mac then LilyView is the best choice for you. It does not have many functions which makes it a lightweight tool. Also, it is one of the fastest image viewers on the list.
It will cost you $9.99 but you can use the free trial version before making any decision to purchase it.
You can navigate through images with the traditional keyboard, mouse, and touchpad functions. You can rotate and zoom out and zoom in on images with the help of this Mac app.
9. XnView MP
XnView is one of the most popular and efficient Mac apps in the photo management category. It is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. XnView MP has multiple features that you may need as a photo editor, photographer, and normal user.
In this Mac app, you can open photos of almost 500 image formats. You can apply basic effects to your photos with the help of this tool. You can also perform basic photo editing tasks like resize, rotate, crop, and adjusting color brightness.
Let’s see other features of this software at a glance-
- View image metadata.
- Slideshow images.
- Compare images.
- Convert images.
- Resize images without losing quality.
The software is freely available for educational and personal use. If you want to use it for commercial purposes then it will cost 29.00 €.
Other Best Mac Photo Viewer Apps In Market
So, these were the best photo viewer apps for Mac in 2023. You can use these apps to view and organize pictures on your Mac computer. Most of these Mac image viewer programs are free to use.
I hope that the article has helped you to find the best app to view pictures on Mac, Macbook, Macbook Pro, and other macOS devices. If you like the article please share it with your friends on social media.
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Priyanka Sharma is a technical content writer at SoftAppWorld. Her keen interest is in testing different kinds of software and writing reviews about them. Her goal is to help people with software reviews and how-to guides. In her free time, she likes to create different kinds of sketches and designs. You can find her on LinkedIn