FastStone Image Viewer Portable 6.2 Pick
Software Product Description
The interface has three main sections: file browser, thumbnail window and preview window. The program automatically opens images in full screen with fly-out menu panels. Placing the cursor on any of the four corners displays pop-up toolbars that give you quick access to various features and details like EXIF information.
Other toolbars allow you to edit your image by cropping, resizing, rotating, removing red eye, adjusting lighting, changing colors and adjusting curves. You may choose among 11 different re-sampling algorithms when resizing pictures. The program includes special image effects like drop-down shadow, oil painting, sketch, framing, annotation, bump map and framing. It also features a healing brush and clone stamp.
You may add different objects to your images, such as texts, highlights and various shapes.
Other things you may do with your images include splitting or merging files, adding tags, creating and managing favorites list and converting images from one format to another. The program supports batch conversions.
The Thumbnail Viewer allows you to browse and select required images quickly, but you may also enjoy the musical slideshow mode, which supports more than 150 transitional effects. You may also compare up to four images side by side.
As its name indicates, this is a portable program that requires no installation. It will not change your system registry, and you can save it on a portable storage device for use on multiple computers. It is compatible with all major image formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, and TGA, and you may even capture images from a scanner.
"The best image viewer I've tried"
Review Date: 2015-08-01
Pros: I like everything about Faststone Viewer. Its many useful features make it more than just a viewer. The program is very easy to use, too, and the overall appearance is pleasing to the eye. Waiting for the thumbnail database to be built takes a little patience, but once that's done, all the thumbnails come up instantly as one jumps from folder to folder.
Other Thoughts: FSViewer is now my default image viewer, but there's still one thing I'd like to see improved: There needs to be some way to set a preference for the UI font sizes. The main menu fonts are OK, but those in the dialogs are tiny and hard to read on the 10-inch screen of my Windows 7 netbook without squinting. Nevertheless, this hasn't prevented me from giving FSViewer a well-deserved 5-star rating.