August 21st, 2006 by Keith

FastStone Image Viewer 2.7 Beta 3 – Powerful and Intuitive Photo Viewer

Posted in Utilities, Windows

FastStone Image Viewer

Tired of using Paint or image viewer that comes with Microsoft XP? On the other hand, is ACDSee too expensive a product to spend your money on? Perhaps, FastStone Viewer 2.7 Beta 3 might give you a powerful experience of a fast, stable, user-friendly and personalised image viewer. Besides providing a preview of images, it is also an image converter and an editor, with a bundle of cool features to manage your images, such as photo comparison, red-eye removal, resizing, emailing and colour adjustment.

The full-screen interface provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and a couple of other useful functions, via hidden toolbars that appear when you roll your mouse over the four edges of the screen. In addition, the application offers high quality magnification and musical slideshow with over 150 transitional effects, lossless transition, drop shadow effects, and more which you would normally encounter with an image editor.

FastStone Image Viewer supports all major graphics formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF and DNG).

New Features in v2.7 Beta 3

  • * Built-in Screen Capture tools are back (they were removed in previous versions);
  • * Enhanced Contact Sheet Builder:
    1. o Added “No Caption” option
    2. o Now it is possible to specify 4 margin values (Left, Right, Top, Bottom) instead of 2 (Horizontal, Vertical)
  • * Added Contact Sheet Builder (under Tools menu) – put/print multiple photos on one page. Fully customizable!
  • * Added Custom Sort – drag & drop to arrange thumbnail orders (For better performance, turn off the Preview panel);
  • * Now it is possible to drag & drop thumbnails into sub-folders within the thumbnail browser.

Capabilities of FastStone Image Viewer

  • # Common image formats support, including loading of JPEG, JPEG2000, GIF, BMP, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, CUR, TGA and saving to JPEG, JPEG2000, TIFF, GIF, PCX, BMP, PNG, TGA
  • # Digital camera RAW formats support, including CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF and DNG
  • # Full screen viewer with Select – Zoom support
  • # Crystal clear and customizable magnifier
  • # Resizing, flipping, rotating, cropping, emailing and color adjusting tools
  • # Powerful crop-board that crops images into pre-defined and customized print sizes
  • # Image EXIF metadata support
  • # Batch image converter/resizer
  • # Slideshow with 150+ transitional effects and MP3/WAV/MIDI/WMA background music support
  • # Compare images side by side
  • # Undo, Redo and Mouse Wheel support
  • # Image Annotation (text, arrowed line, watermark etc.)
  • # Simple and effective red-eye removal

This (installation) application is less than 3MB is size, which is comparatively small, yet well-equipped with most features that one would likely to use. So, why pay more for stuffs which you aren’t going to use?

Available FREE, FastStone Image Viewer 2.7 Beta 3 can be downloaded here.

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