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notechyet
12-06-2007, 09:04 PM
Hello members
I have been looking for an image viewer for a while. Firstly I have been using fax and picture viewer from XP for years with a stint of Picassa. Picassa seems not quite right, though it has the import possibility from the USB drive(or flash, or any other).Somehow I never warmed up to it. Lately I have been trying Irfanview. I guess it is somewhere between the two mentioned. Is there such a prog that is slightly "better" than Irfanview(not in speed), more in things like the zoom, and import.
Any help is very much appreciated.

Thanks
NT

mmmork
12-06-2007, 09:12 PM
See if faststone viewer (http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm) is what you're looking for.

Or mebbe Xnview (http://perso.orange.fr/pierre.g/xnview/enhome.html)

Greg
12-06-2007, 09:22 PM
Lately I have been trying Irfanview. I guess it is somewhere between the two mentioned. Is there such a prog that is slightly "better" than IrfanviewAlthough I have some expensive imaging software, I use the excellent and [free] Polyview (http://www.polybytes.com/) more than anything for basic image viewing and manipulation.

notechyet
12-06-2007, 09:36 PM
Thanks for the replies!
I will check out the trial versions and let you know
though not sure yet if Polyview has a trial time or not?

NT

Greg
12-06-2007, 11:53 PM
not sure yet if Polyview has a trial time or not?
Trial time doesn't expire and remains fully featured. ;)

notechyet
13-06-2007, 06:59 AM
See if faststone viewer (http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm) is what you're looking for.

Or mebbe Xnview (http://perso.orange.fr/pierre.g/xnview/enhome.html)

mmmork
FSviewer is the closest yet!
Not to sure with Polyview, still I will try them all.
One is for certain, IrfanView which I had loaded some days ago is not making in to the top two. It is fast and simplicity is the key for that!
Thanks a lot guys!
NT

SurferJoe46
13-06-2007, 07:09 AM
Irfanview didn't make the cut for me either..it was bully-ish and took control of - and associated itself to things I did not want.

Ridded of the sinister program, I went back to Picasa2

mmmork
13-06-2007, 08:16 AM
Did you try Maxview (http://www.faststone.org/FSMaxViewDetail.htm) from the faststone site?

I never got the hang of it, but in many ways it's closer to an enhanced pic/fax viwer than the picasa type proggies.

PaulD
13-06-2007, 10:10 AM
Irfanview didn't make the cut for me either..it was bully-ish and took control of - and associated itself to things I did not want.

Ridded of the sinister program, I went back to Picasa2

Settle down, you're not dealing with your State Department :D

Options - Set File Associations - Clear All but the install would have asked.

FoxyMX
13-06-2007, 02:32 PM
Irfanview didn't make the cut for me either..it was bully-ish and took control of - and associated itself to things I did not want.

Ridded of the sinister program, I went back to Picasa2

That's what happens when you blindly click "Next" when installing a program. IrfanView has always politely asked which files the user would like it to be associated with and does not take them over unless requested.

FoxyMX
13-06-2007, 02:33 PM
See if faststone viewer (http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm) is what you're looking for.


I second that - FastStone Image Viewer is awesome. :cool:

Morpheus1
13-06-2007, 02:58 PM
I second that - FastStone Image Viewer is awesome. :cool:

The description on that web page is impressive (below).
One question: When you do things like [red-eye removal, resizing, cropping and color adjustments] - can you Save the alterations so that the original photo is changed? I ask this because a year or two ago when I tried Picasa it would only save a copy of the photo which meant I had to go back and delete the original, etc. - it was a pain so I nixed Picasa.

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF and DNG).

Billy T
13-06-2007, 03:03 PM
But does Fastone have a gamma adjustment like Irfanview?

I find that absolutely invaluable for correcting under or over exposed images but I don't see it in the Fastone features list (or am I going blind?).

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

notechyet
13-06-2007, 04:18 PM
Did you try Maxview (http://www.faststone.org/FSMaxViewDetail.htm) from the faststone site?

I never got the hang of it, but in many ways it's closer to an enhanced pic/fax viwer than the picasa type proggies.

Hi mmmork
This image viewer( Maxview)is definite one of the better options so far.
It is definitly fast!
I will try a bit more over the next day or two.
Thanks
NT

mmmork
13-06-2007, 04:24 PM
It has basic stuff like gamma correct, although really it's just a pic viewer IMO, not a full featured image manipulator. There's better programs for that sort of thing, irfanview among them, it wasn't what the original poster was after.

Doesn't save changes automatically - you're prompted if you want to save changes, then if you want to replace original.

Morpheus1
13-06-2007, 05:27 PM
I second that - FastStone Image Viewer is awesome. :cool:

I've just tried FastStone and it IS awesome! Thanks mmmork.

It is not just an image viewer. You can rotate by any degree, gamma correct, and do most things that regular photo programs can do. And like the name says, its fast.