Graphics & Photo Software Viewing FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer 6.3 for Windows

by FastStone Soft

Avg. Rating 4.5 (1,392 votes)

File Details

File Size 6.6 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 196,228
Publisher FastStone Soft
Homepage FastStone Image Viewer

Publisher's Description

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.

Latest Reviews

Picasso

Picasso reviewed v6.2 on Feb 20, 2017

Still the best of its kind!

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v5.9 on Sep 15, 2016

Great program, cant fault it. Worth anyone with photos installing it.

Picasso

Picasso reviewed v5.7 on Jun 8, 2016

This is one of the first programs I install after installing Windows.
It's a marvellous program!

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v5.4 on Aug 10, 2015

This is one of the best programs I've ever used!!

-1

-1 reviewed v5.2 on Oct 5, 2014

Hilbert, I think rating FSIV down for such a relatively silly feature is not sensible. But what's worse is that FSIV does have this feature. Hold Ctrl, use the mouse to select the desired rectangular area, then click inside that area. FSIV crops the image to the selection and zooms into it. I'm not sure if this feature was added after your review, but I think it has been there all along.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v5.0 on Mar 3, 2014

I totally agree with uberfly.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v5.0 on Mar 3, 2014

Insanely great, especially for free. Glad it's still being improved.

Hilbert

Hilbert reviewed v4.9 on Nov 14, 2013

I rather like FastStone Image Viewer, it progressively gets better every time I come to review it. It has many useful features such as histograms, an excellent tree / file view with images, thumbnails or details mode and such which are quite on par with XnView.

Furthermore, it has basic image editing which is fine for quick touch-ups. It even has a scaled-down version of my very favorite Photoshop adjustment tool: Shadow/Highlight but unfortunately which doesn't stretch to having tonal width, radius and midtone contrast adjustments a la PS.

However, unfortunately, I don't use FastStone Image Viewer for one very simple reason, that being the clumsy awkward way it scales images to view, essentially you cannot select a portion of an image to view as an enlargement.

The 'Rolls Royce' viewer in that regard was always Hamrick's now-defunct VuePrint Pro*. With the mouse, you'd just map out/make a square of the section of the image you want enlarged then release the mouse key and voilà that area would fill the screen--a most invaluable feature for highly detailed/hi-res images.

The next in line for the throne is IrfanView, its difference from VuePrint is that after you map out the square you have to click on the square for it to enlarge/fill the screen--essentially it's an extra step, albeit a small one.

Why FastStone doesn't have this feature is truly perplexing. Instead, when one clicks on the image it simply fills the screen but without providing some way of zooming into a section of special interest. Frankly, it's most annoying.

When one sees an obviously good program but with such a glaring defect as FastStone Image Viewer has, the first question that comes to mind is how does the author/programmer use the program. Does he use it in a heavy-duty extensive way or does he just tinker with it. One can't help that FastStone's programmer just tinkers.

Pity really, this limitation kills FastStone Image Viewer for many, (and it's a key reason why IrfanView is so very popular).

___

* Since I started writing this I thought I'd check to see if VuePrint was still available and it is, what's more Hamrick (of VueScan fame) has made it free (although he not updating it):

http://www.hamrick.com/upg.html.

Note: this isn't a replacement for FastStone or IrfanView, it is however about the fastest viewer out there, complete with the best viewer feature available.

serendipityguy

serendipityguy reviewed v4.9 on Nov 13, 2013

This is a wonderful windows app with great continued development that should be included with every windows computer. Comes with loads and loads of features that will not disappoint. Wish that would be developed for Mac. I have emailed the developer and he has not replied. It there a Mac application that can do these types tasks? I love the skin changer, very nice

guru_v

guru_v reviewed v4.8 on 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.

Avg. Rating 4.5 (1,392 votes)
Your Rating
Picasso

Picasso reviewed v6.2 on Feb 20, 2017

Still the best of its kind!

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v5.9 on Sep 15, 2016

Great program, cant fault it. Worth anyone with photos installing it.

Picasso

Picasso reviewed v5.7 on Jun 8, 2016

This is one of the first programs I install after installing Windows.
It's a marvellous program!

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v5.4 on Aug 10, 2015

This is one of the best programs I've ever used!!

-1

-1 reviewed v5.2 on Oct 5, 2014

Hilbert, I think rating FSIV down for such a relatively silly feature is not sensible. But what's worse is that FSIV does have this feature. Hold Ctrl, use the mouse to select the desired rectangular area, then click inside that area. FSIV crops the image to the selection and zooms into it. I'm not sure if this feature was added after your review, but I think it has been there all along.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v5.0 on Mar 3, 2014

I totally agree with uberfly.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v5.0 on Mar 3, 2014

Insanely great, especially for free. Glad it's still being improved.

Hilbert

Hilbert reviewed v4.9 on Nov 14, 2013

I rather like FastStone Image Viewer, it progressively gets better every time I come to review it. It has many useful features such as histograms, an excellent tree / file view with images, thumbnails or details mode and such which are quite on par with XnView.

Furthermore, it has basic image editing which is fine for quick touch-ups. It even has a scaled-down version of my very favorite Photoshop adjustment tool: Shadow/Highlight but unfortunately which doesn't stretch to having tonal width, radius and midtone contrast adjustments a la PS.

However, unfortunately, I don't use FastStone Image Viewer for one very simple reason, that being the clumsy awkward way it scales images to view, essentially you cannot select a portion of an image to view as an enlargement.

The 'Rolls Royce' viewer in that regard was always Hamrick's now-defunct VuePrint Pro*. With the mouse, you'd just map out/make a square of the section of the image you want enlarged then release the mouse key and voilà that area would fill the screen--a most invaluable feature for highly detailed/hi-res images.

The next in line for the throne is IrfanView, its difference from VuePrint is that after you map out the square you have to click on the square for it to enlarge/fill the screen--essentially it's an extra step, albeit a small one.

Why FastStone doesn't have this feature is truly perplexing. Instead, when one clicks on the image it simply fills the screen but without providing some way of zooming into a section of special interest. Frankly, it's most annoying.

When one sees an obviously good program but with such a glaring defect as FastStone Image Viewer has, the first question that comes to mind is how does the author/programmer use the program. Does he use it in a heavy-duty extensive way or does he just tinker with it. One can't help that FastStone's programmer just tinkers.

Pity really, this limitation kills FastStone Image Viewer for many, (and it's a key reason why IrfanView is so very popular).

___

* Since I started writing this I thought I'd check to see if VuePrint was still available and it is, what's more Hamrick (of VueScan fame) has made it free (although he not updating it):

http://www.hamrick.com/upg.html.

Note: this isn't a replacement for FastStone or IrfanView, it is however about the fastest viewer out there, complete with the best viewer feature available.

serendipityguy

serendipityguy reviewed v4.9 on Nov 13, 2013

This is a wonderful windows app with great continued development that should be included with every windows computer. Comes with loads and loads of features that will not disappoint. Wish that would be developed for Mac. I have emailed the developer and he has not replied. It there a Mac application that can do these types tasks? I love the skin changer, very nice

guru_v

guru_v reviewed v4.8 on 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.

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v4.7 on 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.
Great !

Karol Mily

Karol Mily reviewed v4.7 on Jan 29, 2013

Full satisfaction.

Nice.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v4.6 on Dec 19, 2012

This is one of the best programs I've ever used in my life!
I hope it gets updated soon.

PatrynXX

PatrynXX reviewed v4.6 on 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.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v4.6 on Nov 30, 2011

TGB72, it has a very good batch tool that can do all this stuff. Again, try the program before you review it.

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