I have some big images. I'm looking for an easy way to browse and view them. Currently I'm using Preview.app on OS X, but it wasn't designed for these types of images.

My images are, for example:

  • .JP2, 42 MB, 50,000 x 30,000 pixels
  • a 3.4 GB TIF
  • something in NITF format


3 Answers 3


OpenEV comes with FWTools, seems OK to me but I load 300 MB images into QGIS easily and deal with them there. So I can recommend it only from casual use.


Includes NITF

and is built with GDAL


I've found WxGIS Catalog to be quite good, it provides a fast interface and supports many spatial formats due to its use of GDAL -- many of the fast image viewers won't support spatial formats beyond those which are standard image types.

  • +1 It is so helpful to provide reasons for a recommendation as well as indicating possible strengths and limitations.
    – whuber
    Mar 23, 2011 at 17:12

Gigapan is very good with large images


designed for panoramic images

Try the main page to view some submitted images http://www.gigapan.org/

supports Windows and OS X

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