How To View, Manage And Manipulate Images Under One Roof?

I have been playing around with Photo editing software for quite long time now, and I always faced problem that not every software support every format. While Googled around I came across FastStone Image Viewer and I didn’t look back. After experimenting around I understood that FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image converter, editor and browser. It does carry amazing array of features, which includes image viewing, comparison, cropping, managing, red-eye removal, renaming, add texts, watermarks, emailing, border effects, color adjustments and many more.


Basic Highlights:

  • Relatively fast HQ image/thumbnail viewing
  • Support for dual head configuration
  • Custom order arranging (via DnD) and automatic renumbering
  • Color space management and excellent Magnifier lens
  • Portable version can be used without installation, usually installed on USB key, comprising all user settings
  • Supports for popular image formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, PSD, BMP, ICO. etc.
  • Image browser with familiar Windows user interface
  • Full screen viewer with zoom function
  • Support folder/non-folder structure
  • Neat red eye removal tool that produces natural results
  • Image modification tools – resize, rotate, flip, crop, sharpen, blur, brightness etc.
  • Image color effects – grayscale, sepia, negative, RGB adjustment
  • Best fit or actual image display support
  • Image management support – photo tagging capability, drag & drop, copy or move to folder support.

Professional Highlights:

  • Supports popular digital camera RAW formats from different SLR manufacturers such as Nikon – NEF, Olympus (ORF), Canon – CR2, Pentax – PEF, and more.
  • Eleven different image resize and resampling algorithm options available
  • Undo and redo option at Multi level
  • Lossless JPEG rotations
  • Memory card image retriever
  • Special effects for professionals such as watermark – text or pic, footnote, drop down shadow, frame option, bump map, morph, and waves
  • Color counter feature comes with Histogram
  • Side-by-side image comparison tool (up to 4 at a time)
  • Batch image processing options for convert, rename, and more.

Other Cool highlights:

  • Slideshow including music and 150 + transition effects
  • Image printing with full page layout
  • Cool Wallpaper creator and screen capture
  • Get image from a scanner support as well
  • 9 default skins interface

Most of the wonderful features with FastStone are accessible at huge cost with other software, but this one stand out of the crowd by offering you everything at free of cost. This little gem of software is the best program I have ever downloaded for image viewing and editing. I would highly recommend it to all photographers especially, give it a try and have fun playing around!

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