XnView 2.24 pick
Software Product Description
XnView has an Explorer like viewer that allows quick browsing of directory contents in both thumbnail and preview views. Its features include HTML page generation, contact sheets, twain support (scanner & digital cameras), batch conversion and image processing, full screen slide shows, image manipulation with effects like ´Tile´ or ´Glass´, screen capture and file operations.XnView supports 43 screen languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. Versions are available for Windows 3.1/95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, Linux, FreeBSD, Irix, Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX.
FreewareFiles tested XnView 2.24 on 2014-10-06 using leading antivirus scanners and found it 100% Clean.
"Much faster now"
Reviewer: -BXF Review Date: 2011-04-14
Average Rating (127 Votes )
Pros: REAL Color Management (i.e. using custom monitor profile), even for RAW/DNG files! There aren't many applications around that will do this. Shows a lot of EXIF data, much of which is not available through other viewers, but require a specialized EXIF program. Also, items to be displayed can be user-selected. Very nice!
Cons: Still Beta, so a few quirks are present, but no big deal. Shortcut keys use numeric keypad, which is not convenient for me. Unfortunately, many shortcuts cannot be customized.
Other Thoughts: This Beta is MUCH faster than the previous version I tried, and is now definitely useable for viewing color managed images.
I'd LOVE to have a left mouse click zoom and pan, as in Faststone and FastPictureViewer, since once you develop a taste for this feature you don't want to do without. Also, more control over shortcut key assignment. And finally, a side-by-side compare feature (a la Faststone) would make this "perfect".
For me, the above features would make this application unbeatable as a viewer.