FastStone Image Viewer - better than IrfanView?

review from ClifNotes, May 2007, permalink Image Viewers


Shortly after last week's review of IrfanView was posted, Bill Webb wrote in with this comment.


Comment from BillWebb:

I love Irfanview's speed, but for ease of use I prefer FastStone Image Viewer with its pop-out menus. It does a good job of bridging the gap between mostly drop-down menus like Irfanview and a panel full of buttons like some others. I also like the way it opens separate work areas -- just personal preference.


Have to admit Irfanview's much faster opening, though -- a much better choice as a primary viewer to replace the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.


I haven't noticed a resource issue with either, but given the machines I use them on, I probably wouldn't.


Thank you Bill. I've never tried FS Viewer, but it sure looks cool and it is free for home use. When I get time, I'll give it a go.


Here are some current comments:

From Bill Allin:

I use FastStone Image Viewer exclusively now, having removed the others. It has updates regularly, showing that the product is continually in development. Want something? Just write to them with your wish list.


Ralph Lussey wrote the following:

I found Fastone Image Viewer about a year ago and have fallen in love with it. It is not only a viewer but is a powerful image manager also. It is loosely based on the ACDSee program but much easier to use, and FREE!. This may be one of the best freeware programs I have ever found.I also like their "Fastone Capture"


Paul wrote the following:

Being a true scavenger of freeware, I have to say, this is one of the best image viewing and managing programs I have had on my computer. It is easy to use, has many, many bells and whistles, and is a really topnotch program, with great visual appeal, right from the rounded corners of the frames with the images. This is truly an amazing program for free. Don't be caught without it.


Harmon wrote:

I am also a convert having used Irfanview for years. After installing FSViewer I decided to try their FSCapture. I've given up Irfanview for the new kids on the block.


Quote from the website

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments.