A new version of FastStone Image Viewer is available

For a free program, this multipurpose image tool strikes us as a good find. Although the main interface looks too cluttered with buttons at first glance, the three main windows are intuitive enough once get your bearings. FastStone Image Viewer for Windows boasts a nice default design, but you can customize it to your liking with several skins.

Clicking a thumbnail puts a larger view of the shot in the lower-left pane, and you zoom in simply by dragging the mouse around. Though its image-editing tools can’t compete with those offered by a full-featured suite, there’s still enough here to make a decent amount of tweaks to your shots. You can resize, crop, remove red-eye, and adjust color, brightness, and contrast. You’ll also find a few simple effects and filters, including Lens, Waves, and Morphs. Other nifty features include multiple folder slide shows, batch cropping and Windows Vista support.

FastStone Image Viewer for Windows can batch-convert files into a number of popular image formats including GIF, BMP, PSD, and PNG, and the slide-show creator allows you to apply transitions, specify the interval between images, and add your own MP3s as a soundtrack. We can recommend this program to everyone but professional designers

What’s new in this version: Version 4.5 now it is possible to adjust Lighting, Colors, Levels and Curves within selected areas of an image and fixed bugs in the Print and Email dialogs.

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XnView update to v1.97.7

This free program provides a number of helpful tools for working with digital photos. XnView’s pane interface shouldn’t disorient most users, as it uses a tree-like structure to let you view your shots and browse your music collection.

Our lone complaint on this front is that the more complex effects and filters aren’t accessible via the main window and require you to double-click a shot before you can use them. Besides standard tools for rotating images and renaming files in bulk, this app also can convert pics among a wide variety of formats.

In addition, you’ll find tools for capturing screenshots and creating basic slide shows, as well as a simple audio player. We were excited to see a utility for generating Web galleries, but we quickly despaired when we couldn’t get it to work. Still, we recommend XnView to digital photographers who already have a first-class editing program

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A new version of FastStone Image Viewer is available

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 andfsviewerscreenshot1 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 touch 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 including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA.

What’s new in this version: Version 4.1 improves the loading speed of JPEG images and embedded preview of RAW images.

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A new version of XnView is available

XnView is a fast multi-format graphics browser, viewer, and converter. It can read more than 400 file formats, e.g.xnview_logo GIF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, TARGA, multipage TIFF, camera RAW, JPEG 2000, MPEG, AVI, Quicktime. EXIF & IPTC metadata are also supported. The image viewer has an Explorer-like browser that allows quick and simple browsing of directory contents.

XnView supports red eye correction, crops and transforms JPEG images losslessly, generates HTML pages and contact sheets, and provides batch conversion and batch renaming. Slide shows with transitions effects, screen capturing, WIA & TWAIN support (scanner & digital cameras), image comparison, file operations.

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WildBit Viewer updated to 5.7 Alpha 2.0 / 5.6

WildBit Viewer is compact & fast image viewer with slide show and editor. Eye catching interface within blazing fastwildbit-software-viewer_1 folder, file list and thumbnail viewer.

Viewer includes also Image Info with Image EXIF meta data JPEG and TIFF support and IPTC (IIMV4) information (like PhotoShop file info) from JPEG and TIFF, Thumbview has changeable views, sorting and thumbnail predefined sizes for fast thumbnail size setting.

Viewer also features the shell toolbar in which you can drop your favorite folder and use it as an organizer.It also includes image compare. In Compare you can compare images side-by-side.

In Favorites you can save list of favorite images and load list later on and you can create custom show in to Slide Show also that list you can edit with Custom Show List Editor.

With Slide Show you can view images within 172 different transition effects. Slide Show includes now multi-monitor support for fast switching between two monitors. WildBit Viewer supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF and TGA (over 70 formats).

What is new?

Viewer – Build: Alpha 2.0:
· Added Options: Under Preview and Full Screen tab, Smooth Scroll.

Slide Show – Build: Alpha 2.0:
· Added Control Box: Statusbar displays current image name.
· Changed Optimized code.

Editor – Build: Alpha 2.0:
· Added Main: Under Object menu, Rotate: Rotate CW (Shift+Ctrl+.) and Rotate CCW (Shift+Ctrl+,).
· Added Main+Batch: Clear EXIF Thumbnail, XMP, EXIF and IPTC, All.
· Added Main: Under Tools menu, Replace EXIF Thumbnail.
· Added Main: Move selection with keys (Up,Down,Left and Right).
· Changed Options: Zoom tab is now Zoom & Scroll and Zoom with Scroll Wheel is now there.
· Fixed Main: Metadata clearing now works okay.

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