Fast, lightweight, it's simple when you want it to be and powerful when you need to do anything beyond basic edits. I used to be an Irfanview fan but Faststone is even better in my opinion.
The best photo viewer and quick editor available for Windows. Take 5 minutes to look at the start up guide, take another 5 minutes to get to know the interface and capabilities of this program, and this will become your go-to photo program! Even if you're just a private individual /home user, it's worth making the small suggested donation to the developer to keep the updates coming.
This program is the tops, been using it for quite a while now and still learning things about it, photo resizing is so easy and the editing features turn out classy results, maybe a wider choice of frames would be nice plus some special photo effects that i currently have to use only programs for but on the whole it does what I need and in simple terms, thanks guys...
Simply put, the very best freeware image editor and organizer out there.
It's what I always recommend to anyone who doesn't actually need Photoshop.
Even handles .raw images.
Have been using FastStone for over a year as my primary photo editing. Love it!
FastStone has limited usefulness in almost every aspect of handling photos; it has full usefulness in many of these. It even has usefulness I haven't used yet. It's straightforward, user-friendly, free--although I like it so much I once sent a donation (and received an email acknowledging and thanking me)--and allows me to do most of what I want without diverting me to other programs, or offering cryptic icons. Its user interface is graphically clear, evident, even vivid, with the result that I usually know what I'm doing. I've never met these programmers, but feel that I'm being done a service!
Fantastic program for image collection browsing, and unbeatable as freeware. Uses windows directory structure and hidden thumbnail files in each directory. For me, it is superior to other free file image managers; it's fast, simple, and completely stable. I have been using for over 10 years, I don't think it's ever crashed once. Includes good basic tools for simple image editing and batch operations. Not perfect as a image collection manager, in that it lacks tools for image cataloging, such as creating tags, filtering/ searching using metadata, or placing images in catagories. One problem I have is it only recognises a limited number of video file formats. For example it does not "see" .FLV files. I own ACDsee Pro, Cyberlink PhotoDirector and other image managers, but this remains my most used tool.
Instantly intuitive, packed with easy-to-use features. The learning curve is very short. Take your time with it - the more you use it the more you'll realise how much effort was put into it.
Guys this is a great tool, try it! I use it for many years and is still the better photo manager. Full of very usefull features with a nice photo-resizer.
Only 1 problem: the vector graphics formats are missing (.eps, .ai, etc.).
Version 4 of this was brilliant but recently downloaded and installed version 5 and wish I never had it. It's very resource hungry and often hangs.
After having used Paintshop Pro for over 10 years but hating it in its newer incarnations, I tried Photoshop Elements but find it extremely resource hungry esp when I only want to do a few minor tweaks. I met somebody who told me about FastStone and within a week I was using it for almost everything. Can't praise it highly enough for anybody who doesn't want a full-on imaging program with all the bells.
after having used Paintshop Pro for over 10 years but hating it in its newer incarnations, I tried Photoshop Elements but find it extremely resource hungry esp when I only want to do a few minor tweaks. I met somebody who told me about FastStone and within a week I was using it for almost everything. Can't praise it highly enough for anybody who doesn't want a full-on imaging program with all the bells & whistles.
Unable to open a TIFF file (I think the problem has something to do with compression within TIFF. I open the file with Photoshop Elements 11 and saved it specifying LZW compression, and had no problem to open the file. Also with no compression. But with ZIP compression, it opens as a black frame with scattered white patches.
The best image viewer and editor.