FastStone Image Viewer for Windows

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FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer’s name is slightly misleading, as it is both an image viewer for photographies and an editor. While it can’t compete with the nifty features in leading image-editing suites, it’s viewing options are top notch.

Image viewing and editing

FastStone Image Viewer comes with a great range of image viewing options. First off, there is the standard file browser that displays thumbnails of your images with a preview window for the file that is currently selected. The program also offers an option to check out individual pictures in full-screen mode and as a slideshow with different background effects, as well as the ability to zoom and magnify your photos.

Other options include the ability to compare up to four images side by side so you can decide which ones you want to keep, as well as tag your images (with location) and view EXIF information (camera settings and scene data).However, FastStone Image Viewer goes beyond simply displaying images. You can perform quick edits to really bring out the best in your pics, such as adding a stylish frame that acts as a mask to reduce the sharp edges or adding borders, watermarks, and sketch and oil painting effects.Or, if you happen to be working with 3D, FastStone Image Viewer also offers a very effective bump map option that will serve you well for texturing. There are also the standard tools for resizing, cropping, brightness/darkness adjustment, sharpness/blur, grayscale and red-eye removal, as well as more advanced tools for adjusting levels, curves, and lighting.Other features include batch converting into PDF, JPG, PNG and TIFF files and the option to take screen captures and add text, lines, and shapes in the Draw Board menu. FastStone Image Viewer also supports touch interface input.

Over-complicated layout

FastStone Image Viewer’s interface looks a bit outdated and it’s much too busy. It’s not immediately obvious what all the buttons at the top of the screen do and it over complicates the layout. But the drop-down menus are well organized and logical, which makes it much easier to access the options you need.

When you are viewing your images in full-screen mode you can still access the different tools by hovering your mouse over the four corners of the screen, which is a useful trick and helps make the program more user-friendly. Or you can right click on the screen to get some basic navigation and editing options.

You can change the skin of FastStone Image Viewer if you prefer a different style (MacX, Windows XP, Windows Classic etc).

Stick to image viewing

There’s healthy competition in the image viewer arena and FastStone Image Viewer offers plenty of great features in a fairly easy-to-use (if not very attractive) package. However, the program seems to be having an identity crisis and can’t quite decide if it’s an image editor or viewer. If FastStone Image Viewer sticks to developing its range of great options for viewing images then it will remain a top choice to download. The portable version can be found on the developer’s website. Finally, if you are looking for more free alternatives to this program, we recommend you to download IrfanView or XnView.

Pros and Cons of FastStone Image Viewer

PROSCONS
Batch convert images to many formatsCluttered user interface
Good effects available to apply to imagesDifficult to understand what all the buttons do
Selection of modes with which to view filesNot available for other platforms such as Linux or Android
Free

 

FastStone Image Viewer Older versions

FastStone Image Viewer7.4
FastStone Image Viewer7.3
FastStone Image Viewer7.2
FastStone Image Viewer7.1
FastStone Image Viewer7.0
FastStone Image Viewer6.6
FastStone Image Viewer6.5
FastStone Image Viewer6.4
FastStone Image Viewer5.2
FastStone Image Viewer4.3
FastStone Image Viewer3.8
FastStone Image Viewer3.7
FastStone Image Viewer3.6

User reviews about FastStone Image Viewer

It’s okay. But it has a clunky UI and poor performance.

Anonymous

I prefer the portable version .
the windows version is alright but i wish i could get it for android mac or linux too. also irfanview is a good alternative altogether.

Anonymous

IT LOOKS FANTASTIC TO ME..
well I just got here and havent had a chance to see all is in store for me.

Anonymous

SHOW HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS.
THE VERSION 5.4, THE PROBLEM OF THIS VERSION , IT CAN NOT READ HIDDEN FOLDERS AND FILES THAT CAUSE BY A VIRUSES UNLIKE THE 5.3 VERSION IT SHOW THE HIDDEN FOLDERS IN MEMORY CARDS OR USB FLASH DRIVE THAT CAUSE BY PC VIRUS . I WISH WE CAN STILL PUT A TAG MARK IN LIST IMAGE VIEWS USING MOUSE NOT KEYBOARD. LIKE THE FIRST VERSION 2.5, HOPE YOU COULD ACTIVATE IT

Anonymous

a very good software.
It’s truly a very good software to search all formats of images from the hard disk drive.

Anonymous
COOL. That’s a good picture viewer! Now i can view TGA files! Thanks FS!

Pros: I can view TGA and another picture files Fast
Cons: Slow setup, ugly desktop shortcut

 

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