Toucan 2.0 Guide

Basic Usage

Toucan is made to show your images quickly, with minimal fuss. The easiest way is to use it is to put Toucan in the Dock and drag a folder of images on it. Toucan will then scan the folder and show the images. Alternatively you can start Toucan and open a folder or selected images using the Open menu.

Zoom & Drag

By pressing the + key, the image is zoomed to 1:1. One pixel in the image is 1 pixel on the screen. When zoomed, you can drag around the image with the mouse by pressing the ⌘ key. Exit the zoomed state by pressing the - key.

Auto updating folder

If you start a slideshow with a single folder of images, Toucan will automatically watch this folder for new images. As soon as a new image is detected, it will be shown at the next slide change. If you add multiple folders or individual images, this does not happen. This allows you to make a hot folder where you can drop in images that will be shown automatically. Useful for fares or parties. It also works great with a wifi enabled camera.

You can adjust the behaviour of this autoupdating in the preferences. You can choose between showing newly found images as soon as possible, or to show them when they come up in the sort order chosen.

IR Remote Support

If you have a Mac with a build-in IR remote sensor, you can control Toucan with your Apple Remote. If Toucan is the active application it will respond to remote control commands. You can start and stop the slideshow with the play button. And you can move forward or backward one slide at a time with the forward and back buttons.

Slide Time

When playing a slideshow you can adjust the time between slides. There are several ways to control the length of time each slide is shown.


You can view most shortcuts in the menu. But there are a couple of keyboard actions not visible in the menu.
Close the current slideshow.
Next slide, or pause/resume a movie.

Open Current Slide

With this option in the File menu, you can open the current image or movie in an external application. By default, the item is opened in the default application for that item. That would be the Preview app or the Quicktime Player in many cases.

You can change the default application for an item type in the Finder. But there is also an option in the Toucan preferences to tell Toucan to open the item in a different application. For example you could choose your favourite image or movie editing application. There is a separate preference setting for movies and images.

Movie playback

Toucan can also play back quicktime movies. If you add a Quicktime movie to a folder displayed by Toucan, the movie will play from beginning to end. When the end is reached the next item in the folder will be shown. You can mix as you wish. During movie playback you can skip to the next item with the right arrow key and pause/resume playback with the spacebar.

Fit to screen options

Often the image displayed does not match the dimensions of the screen exactly.

Shrink to fit

The default behaviour is that the image is scaled down to fit in the screen, with black bars left and right or top and bottom. But there are a few new options.

Zoom to fit

This will enlarge images smaller than the screen, the images will get blurred, but it can be a handy option to magnify small pictures.

Fill screen

The image is scaled to fill the entire screen with no black border. This means you will not see part of the image. You will miss something from the top and bottom or left and right of the image.


Probably the least useful option is to stretch the image to fit the screen. The whole image is displayed and it will fill the entire screen. But this causes distortion in the image. It will look stretched horizontally or vertically.

Automatic Slide Time

When you enable "Adjust slide time when manually changing slides" Toucan will remember how long you viewed the last slide. When you start a slideshow, it will automatically show slides for the same time. Note that you can still adjust the time with the keyboard or the preferences.


From the Preferences window (Menu: Toucan->Preferences.. ⌘,), you can set the slide time. This time is used when you start the slideshow by default. In other words, if you do not specify the time in some of the other ways, this time is used. It is stored in the preferences.

BIG Pointers

The big pointers known from the old Toucan are back. But with a twist. You can adjust the size. To show a big pointer, just click on an image. While holding down the mouse, the big pointer remains visible. And while it is visible you can shrink it with the scroll-wheel of your mouse. Or by sliding on your trackpad. Select your favorite pointer in the preferences.

Choose Display

By default the images are shown on the main screen. But you can change this. Open the menu "Window->Choose Screen". This will open a small window that you can drag to any display you like to view the images on.

Sort Options

You can choose how to sort the images. After scanning for images, the images are sorted. This can be done by filename or the date and time the image was created. The sorting by filename will take numbers into account and sort those as expected. That is, they are not sorted alphabetically, but numerically. For example image2.jpg will come before image10.jpg.