FastStone Image Viewer is an image browser, viewer, converter and editor with an easy to use interface and a nice array of features that include resizing, renaming, cropping, color adjustments, watermarks and more. It also includes an intuitive full-screen mode that provides quick access to EXIF information and thumbnail browser via hidden toolbars that emerge when you touch the edge of your screen with the mouse. Other features include a high quality magnifier and built-in slideshow with 60+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image frames, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA.
- Added a Minimize button (hidden at the top-right corner of the screen) to full screen mode. Now you can minimize the application to taskbar without exiting the full screen mode
- Added two Mouse Click options to use left/right clicks for previous/next images
- Improved the Draw Board. Now it is possible to draw curved lines
- Improved the Print dialog
- Other improvements and bug fixes
Reviewing 4.8 (Apr 6, 2013)
This continues to be the best freeware picture viewer available. IrfanView is very capable, but the interface of FastStone is much better, easier to navigate with a mouse only, and more intuitive.
With each update, more small annoyances of what I wished the program would do are removed, as the author[s] seems to have my thoughts in mind with the changes.
I have used several paid applications [for viewing alone], and none worked any better.
Reviewing 4.7 (Jan 29, 2013)
L is for the way it works for me,
O is for the only one I see ...
I love this Image Viewer, as a bachelor I think marriage, now !
Works really nicely, light on resources, has the needed functionalities without being bloated. Fast, reliable.
Reviewing 4.7 (Jan 29, 2013)
Reviewing 4.6 (Dec 19, 2012)
This is one of the best programs I've ever used in my life!
I hope it gets updated soon.
Reviewing 4.6 (May 19, 2012)
Probably the easiest hands down reliable image view and editor that I've ever used. Yes it has a single con. It only handles english filenames. Which is a major pain if some files have non english character. Overall, I have Paint Shop Pro 11, major memory hog. Even on a 64bit machine with 8gb of Corsair ram. FastStone? why is this free again? Oh I bet it's because nobody answers the email.. hey if it's free and it works the way most should. I really don't care. not many are going to deal with Russian letters anyway. And if you have google earth installed, the metadata here is excellent. (or just notifies others to make sure their GPS is off before taken the photo. I don't care :P, but some celebs do and oops) windows should require it instead of their gallery which is just useless.
Multiple Instances: From my time as a windows-programming professional it was quite easy to allow multiple instances, does anyone know why FS is without support for multiple instances ?
Or did it get really complicated with the modern Windows-Versions?
I definitely hope to see this feature to start more than one instance.