Image Search Preview, Userscript To Display Direct Image Previews - gHacks Tech News

Image Search Preview, Userscript To Display Direct Image Previews

Most image search engines, and image hosting sites for that matter, use thumbnail previews of images that link to the image directly or another web page with the original version of the image.

If you use Google Images or Bing Images for instance, you see a list of image results. These results are small thumbnails that lead to the site the images are hosted on, or to another page on the search engine's website. Users who want to download or view the image in its original size need to click multiple times to do so.

Update: The userscript has not been updated since 2010 and it is likely that it may not work correctly anymore. We suggest you check out Imagus instead which offers similar functionality.

The userscript Image Search Preview changes that for users of the Firefox web browser. The userscript does not seem to work in Google Chrome after installation right now. Image Search Preview by default will display the original image on hover on the same page.

image search preview

Users who only want to view the images can do so more easily just by hovering over them in the image search results. The script is currently working on a number of sites, including the popular image search engines Google Images, Bing Images, Yahoo Images as well as Flickr.

Larger image previews is just one of the features that the userscript brings to the table. It can for instance be configured to display direct links to the original images on the thumbnail pages. This makes it possible to download images directly from a search results page or image listing page without visiting the site or page the image is hosted on.

Firefox users need to change the preferences of the userscript for that and a few other features available. To open the preferences users need to click in the search box on a supported website and press the keyboard combination Ctrl-Y or Ctrl-P.

image search preview preferences

A configuration menu is opened with options to enable direct links. Other options available are to set a maximum height or width for the image previews, a background color for images with transparency and a delay before the image is shown (to avoid accidental previews if the mouse moves over an image preview area).

Firefox users need to install the Greasemonkey add-on before they can install the userscript.

Summary
software image
Author Rating
1star1star1star1stargray
no rating based on 0 votes
Software Name
Image Search Preview
Landing Page
Advertisement

We need your help

Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.

We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.

If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:


Previous Post: «
Next Post: »

Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

    Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.