A sleek image viewer, manager and editor

Snapact Photo Manager is a free, stylish photo viewer and manager that snapact-main3offers a wide range of photo manipulation functions, and at the same time acting as an interface to Snapact’s online photo sharing service for easier uploading and sharing of photos with the community and friends.

The first thing that I noticed about SnapAct is it’s cool factor – a black skinned GUI, with stylish folder icons and pop-up file information boxes. The image manager has an extremely minimal set of tools but don’t read that as lack of features. The tools are cleverly hidden and show up only when needed. For example, when you hover the mouse over an image in the thumbnail view, it will pop-up a box with information about the file – size, metadata, tags , rating etc. But only when you click on the image, a horizontal bar at the bottom will give you access to edit the tags, description, comments and rating of the image.

A very useful feature in SnapAct is the “Mini Basket” which allows you to create virtual albums. Simply drag and drop a collection of images into the basket and it will behave as a new album which you can view as a slideshow or simply scroll through at your own pace.

The bulk of the image manipulation options are available in the image viewer. These options include rotate, crop, adjust tint and color blur, brightness and contrast, sharpness, remove redeye, add effects like negative or turn into black and white image. What I liked about the image viewer is that it makes the proper use of the mouse wheel. Unlike Windows default image viewer where the mouse wheel controls the zoom level, in SnapAct the mouse wheel cycles through the images in the folder which is exactly why we use the wheel for – scrolling.

When viewing a single image in the viewer the rest of the image in the same folder are available in a carousel styled thumbnail strip at the bottom. Moving the mouse over this strip enlarges the thumbnails.

Snapact Photo Manager can be used as desktop image application without signing up with their online photo sharing service. But if you do use their service you will be able to upload images directly to their free online account from SnapAct and keep your online albums synchronized with those on your local disk.

Visit: Snapact Photo Manager

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, fsviewerscreenshot12converter 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).

  • True Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels
  • Crystal-clear and customizable one-click image magnifier
  • Superior Red-Eye effect removal/reduction with completely natural looking end result
  • Image modification tools: Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, brightness/contrast, etc.
  • Eleven (yes, 11) resampling algorithms to choose from when resizing images
  • Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment
  • Image special effects: watermark, annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, lens, morph, waves
  • Multi-level Undo/Redo capability
  • One-touch best fit/actual size image display support
  • Image management, including tagging capability, with drag-and-drop and Copy To/Move To Folder support
  • Histogram display with color counter feature
  • Compare images side-by-side (up to 4 at a time) to easily cull those forgettable shots
  • Image EXIF metadata support (plus comment editing for JPEGs)
  • Configurable batch processing to convert/rename large or small collections of images
  • Slideshow creation with 150+ transition effects and music support (MP3, WMA, WAV…)
  • Create efficient image attachment(s) for emailing to family and friends
  • Print images with full page-layout control
  • Create fully configurable Contact Sheets – just like the pros (and save $$$ on ink)
  • Create memorable artistic image montages from your family photos for personalized desktop wallpapers (Wallpaper Anywhere)
  • Acquire images from a scanner
  • Versatile screen capture capability
  • Powerful Save As interface to compare image quality and control generated file size
  • Run favorite programs with one keystroke from within Image Viewer
  • Create a no-install fully portable version of the program which can be run from a removable storage device
  • Configurable mouse wheel support
  • Supports multiple program skins
  • Supports dual-monitor configurations

And much more…

Visit: www.faststone.org

Fantastic comics viewer for OS X

Sequential started life as an image browser, and it’s still a nice way to view sequentialappbatches of images, but it’s also turned into the best Mac comics reader out there. I’ve tried other apps like Jomic and Comical, and found that they don’t measure up to sequential in terms of speed, stability, and Mac-like feel. For whatever reason, large .cbr and .cbz files tend to crash most Mac readers. Not Sequential, though. It handled a 400-page collection of files without even a beachball.

On top of being fast and crash-free, Sequential is also just plain pretty. It displays EXIF data for photos in nice, Leopard-style bezels, and has all the resizing options you could want for either photos or comics pages. Navigating entire folders is no problem, and there are even next folder / previous folder controls. There’s also a slideshow mode, which might not be that useful for reading the latest manga, but comes in handy for batches of photos. Bottom line: if you read comics digitally, Sequential is well worth the download.

Visit: Sequential

Pictomio – Free Image Viewer

Pictomio is a software application intended for managing, categorizing, image_managementsearching, and archiving photos as well as geotagging photos and videos that also allows you to generate animated 2D and 3D slideshows. The free version of Pictomio allows you to upload and download images to and from photo communities and gives you access to almost all geotagging features. Many GPS-capable cell phones automatically save your current GPS coordinates when taking a picture (iPhone, Nokia, etc.). You can use the free version of Pictomio to import these photos and display them accordingly on the maps and the globe. You can also georeference your photos manually and without the need for any additional hardware.

To professional users we recommend using pictoGEO as this software is capable of recording your trips. Test pictoGEO by using it in combination with our Sample Trip.

Visit: www.pictomio.com