WildBit Viewer 6.4 Alpha 2.0

4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 (339 votes)

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Windows 7/8/Server 2012/Vista/XP / Freeware / 16,357 downloads

WildBit Viewer is compact & fast image viewer with slide show and editor. Eye catching interface within blazing fast folder, file list and thumbnail viewer. Viewer includes also Image Info with Image EXIF meta data JPEG and TIFF support and IPTC (IIMV4) information (like PhotoShop file info) from JPEG and TIFF, Thumbview has changeable views, sorting and thumbnail predefined sizes for fast thumbnail size setting. Viewer also includes shell toolbar, you can drop your favorite folder there and use it as an organizer.

Reviews of WildBit Viewer

  1. 2 out of 5 stars
    Balderstrom

    Reviewing 6.1 (Jul 8, 2014)

    Well it's been a few years. Wildbit works pretty much the same as it did 5 years ago.

  2. 2 out of 5 stars
    cltx99

    Reviewing 6.0 Alpha 1.0 (Mar 28, 2013)

    I'll never understand why this program consistently gets a 4 star rating. I've tried it and got rid of it a number of times.

  3. 2 out of 5 stars
    Hilbert

    Reviewing 5.9 Alpha 1.0 (Dec 6, 2010)

    This viewer is getting better but it is still extraordinarily slow in generating its default-size thumbnails from large TIF files (100-600MB each). A directory of these large TIFs (50 or 100 or so) will bring WildBit Viewer to its knees.

    The worst aspect of this viewer is its terrible ergonomics, specifically one's inability to select a part of an image with the mouse and have that part instantly fill the screen (a la IrfanView or Hamrick's now-obsolete ViewPrint Pro but which does it to perfection*).

    Today, any serious photographer will have many huge TIFs on his PC, thus it's just a fact that he'll need to zoom in on sections of an image within a split-second, so Viewers that do not support such features are essentially useless. One really has to wonder if this developer actually uses WildBit Viewer outside his selection of small-size test images.

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    * Produce a square or rectangle anywhere within the image with a mouse and immediately the mouse button is released the square/rectangle optimally fills the screen. Repeat this again or zoom in and out with the + & - keys. IrfanView is not quite as good ergonomically in that the selected square must be clicked before the image expands.

  4. 1 out of 5 stars
    emanresU deriseD

    Reviewing 5.6 Beta 1.0 (Nov 5, 2009)

    It took me literally 1 minute after installing this slow, clunky, crappy thing to say out loud "Get this $#@!%& thing off my computer!"

    XnView.

  5. 4 out of 5 stars
    Balderstrom

    Reviewing 5.6 Alpha 2.0 (Sep 3, 2009)

    Except xNview Full is 15.5MB ... Unlike some I'll actually use a program before bothering to write a review.

    This is a decent Multi-App, with 4 separate Binaries plus the Profile switcher.
    Which lets you work with the Editor or Slideshow or Search separately (if desired) from the main viewer.

    Unfortunately, the search is slow the "Filters" don't make much sense (if they even work at all) and it doesn't support regex or pcre.

    The Editor is interesting, but is missing a few things like:
    [x] autoFit to window. Everytime you resize an image's window you need to manually reZoom.
    [-] The Create Icon is interesting and incomplete. If you've rezoomed a window (but not resized) The Create Icon, annoyingly, autoMaximizes the window again. Also it only lets you choose one icon size.

    Lots of options for the Viewer itself, only missing a few things in this area:
    1) Font Settings for Thumb Details, and Font Settings for FullScreen Mode.
    2A) Option to 1) use XPs thumbNail cache or other formats.
    2B) Option to save WildBit's ThumbNail.dat cache to ApplicationData instead of per folder.

    Needs an option for ToolBars IconOnly (with tooltip) or Icon+Text

    Most of the windows can't be resized below a certain point, which is somewhat of an annoyance.

    Wildbit does NOT hose your system extension settings. Which is a major plus in my books. It will leave them completely alone if thats what you want.
    Looks promising if development continues.

  6. 3 out of 5 stars
    dhry

    Reviewing 5.5 Beta 1.0 (Jun 26, 2009)

    Faststone AIN'T the best freeware picture viewer. Neither is this, although this could very well be the best BLOATware picture viewer. They claim it's "compact" but the 7.2Mb setup filesize says something a little different.

    Want something that's far, far better? Get XNView. http://fileforum.betanew...for-Windows/989386705/1

  7. 4 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 5.4 Alpha 4.0 (Feb 26, 2009)

    Getting better and a little more usable. The controls are a bit more intuitive. Still far from Faststone quality and usability.

    I can't help but wonder why developers feel they must include a browser (pictured above in the screen shot) when Windows already has a great one. Explorer already has thumbnails, browsing, sorting, comments, EXIF, sizing, and everything needed. A picture viewer only needs to have full screen viewing and light editing, and not duplicate the Explorer.

    Anyway, I've grudgingly upped my rating to 4 stars... 3.6 actually.

  8. 4 out of 5 stars
    radiomaffia

    Reviewing 5.2 Alpha 6.0 (Apr 30, 2008)

    Using ACDSee 3.1 still and FastStone Image Viewer, but this viewer will certainly can become my favorites! Thankyou for beiing freeware

  9. 5 out of 5 stars
    bekaye

    Reviewing 5.2 Alpha 1.0 (Feb 20, 2008)

    Nice!
    Little!

    Can't argue with that.

  10. 5 out of 5 stars
    RWW

    Reviewing 5.2 Alpha 1.0 (Feb 19, 2008)

    Nice little viewer. I'm a solid Irfanview user but after ninjeratu I might have to try it to spite him.

  11. 4 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 5.1 (Jan 26, 2008)

    This is a nice free viewer. Since FastStone is widely acknowledged as best Freeware picture viewer, the following review compares it relative to FastStone.

    With a little tweaking, one can set WildBit up to somewhat emulate FS. It has pretty good setup options, but keyboard control is unconventional and not customizable. It's billed as "compact and fast", but it's considerably larger and slower. It has far fewer features, and the default configuration isn't nearly as useful or intuitive. Also the editor is weak, but I don't downgrade a viewer for lack of editing features.

    Compared to FS, I rate it a 3. If FS did not exist, I would rate it close to a 5. If I was a world class programmer, and wanted to create a popular Freeware program, an image viewer is the last thing I would tackle. That's because FS has such a solid lock on the genre. However, I encourage the Dev. to keep up the good work. It's not entirely impossible to catch up to FS.

  12. 5 out of 5 stars
    DKDude

    Reviewing 5.1 Beta 3.0 (Dec 31, 2007)

    Very nice viewer, light and does what it's expected, thanks.

    @ninjeratu
    Envy is a bad thing.

  13. 5 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing 5.1 Development (Oct 16, 2007)

    Ninjeratu... that's 49 more friends than I have... LOL... actually 69 and counting now. Speaking of, I actually only need just one-- in order to... tango, if you will...

  14. 4 out of 5 stars
    kbsoftware

    Reviewing 5.1 Development (Oct 9, 2007)

    Well ninjeratu, you and I will do not agree.
    I like this program because it's not bloated, well not yet anyways. Plus it does what it claims.

    Of course my main image viewing program is FastStone Image Viewer, this one is still very good.

  15. 1 out of 5 stars
    ninjeratu

    Reviewing 5.1 Development (Oct 8, 2007)

    Very basic. How can this be version 5?
    Feels like a school programming exercise.
    Nothing anyone except the author would seriously use on a daily basis.
    Absolutely not worth 5/5, author and 50 of his friends probably voted for it.
    I give it 1 because the author is voting 5 for his own product. Lame.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars
    Promitheas

    Reviewing 5.1 Development Build (Sep 28, 2007)

    It's a simple, nice viewer and very light too! Excellent for beginners and those who don't like "heavy" programs like ACDSee Pro. It's free and easy-to-use that's why i give to it 5 stars!

  17. 5 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 5.0 (Sep 17, 2007)

    I beg to differ. It is simple and capable and portable as well as free. Faststone as a comparison is great but I much prefer the simpler gui of wildbit which as far as I know also has no payed versions.
    It does not need to be like all the rest to be user friendly. And if it were what comparison is that?

  18. 2 out of 5 stars
    darthbeads

    Reviewing 5.0 (Sep 17, 2007)

    I have a difficult time believing this is really a 5.0 product. Frankly, it feels more like a .70 product. It works, sure, but it's very rough around the edges....

  19. 3 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 5.0 (Sep 17, 2007)

    Nice picture viewer, but primitive compared to FastStone. Borrowed ACDSee's icon. Default options for viewing feel dyslexic. Feels heavy and slow. Uses cursor keys to toggle between pictures instead of space bar, as all other viewers use. Mouse wheel magnifies instead of toggling between pictures. Setup options are sparse. I will follow the progress of this app. It has a long way to go, but has promise.

  20. 5 out of 5 stars
    mhieta

    Reviewing 5.0 Development Build (Aug 2, 2007)

    poopcutter,

    1. Check WildBit Viewer Homepage, there is separately download (you can download ex. Slide Show only)
    2. Post your issue to support. I don't suffer slow downs at all.
    3. Slide Show itself is not slow. Check your Transition Settings.

  21. 5 out of 5 stars
    bufftbone

    Reviewing 5.0 Development Build (Aug 1, 2007)

    The pimps have spoken! This is the best out there hands down. Word on the streets says John likes it and that's cool with me. When i view my pics, it's all fast and stuff. Nice and small and tight on my system.

    Remember, it's the best!

  22. 2 out of 5 stars
    poopcutter

    Reviewing 5.0 Development Build (Aug 1, 2007)

    This sucks,
    1. it requires install.
    2. its SLOW, dont know what the * its doing but its using up my cpu,
    so i then try the slideshow.exe
    3. even slideshow is SLOW, and theres no antialiasing = jagged edges on the jpgs,

  23. 5 out of 5 stars
    Patnet

    Reviewing 5.0 Development Build (Jul 23, 2007)

    High rating? Yes, I'm impressed because aside from the usual file formats, it can also faithfully read Nikon NEF files! I've tried a number of free viewers but all of this in a 'Development Build alpha'! I can't wait for the final build.

  24. 5 out of 5 stars
    mhieta

    Reviewing 5.0 Development Build (Jul 16, 2007)

    Animated gif support and multipage tiff support is there :)

  25. 5 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 4.9 (Jul 2, 2007)

    on my slow pc, irfanview has gui issues, and both faststone and xnview have lockup issues. Very straightforward, easy to use, and seemingly portable application viewer.

  26. 1 out of 5 stars
    Dsfargeg

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (Jun 26, 2007)

    The alternatives at least don't have that serious flaws. A viewer which doesn't even support the most basic features and in that regards is even worse than the crappy viewer included with Windows is absolutely worthless.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars
    mhieta

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (Jun 22, 2007)

    There is no flawless software. If you want perfect environment then you should have two or maybe more viewers installed.

  28. 1 out of 5 stars
    Dsfargeg

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (Jun 21, 2007)

    Not having animated gif support is absolutely ludicrous.
    Heck, even the "Widows Picture and Fax Viewer" supports animated gif!

    Since it's seriously lacking even besides this, don't waste your time with this primitive junk.

  29. 5 out of 5 stars
    mhieta

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (Jun 14, 2007)

    It shows only first frame if you have animated gif.

  30. 3 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (Jun 7, 2007)

    No animated gif support?

  31. 5 out of 5 stars
    mhieta

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (Jun 6, 2007)

    Check what filter you are using. It will support Camera RAW. Cause I can view crw and cr2 images.

  32. 5 out of 5 stars
    bufftbone

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (Jun 6, 2007)

    Well newest build still needs raw support.

    Dsfargeg - this reads more formats then the internal windows viewer plus has browsing support.

  33. 4 out of 5 stars
    mhieta

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (Jun 2, 2007)

    Just tested with 21601 x 10801 bitmap
    File size is about 227 megs. And it loads fine, about 61 s in my machine.

  34. 2 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (Jun 2, 2007)

    chokes on bitmaps
    too beta for me

  35. 5 out of 5 stars
    bufftbone

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (May 31, 2007)

    horsecharles,

    "Well, there goes the single exe then........ grin...."

    I agree. If they can manage RAW support then I'd be ok without the basic editing.

  36. 3 out of 5 stars
    Dsfargeg

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (May 30, 2007)

    Too simplistic for my tastes. Hardly does anymore than the crappy Windows-internal viewer, so it's pretty pointless.

    I'll stick with the FastStone Image Viewer which works just fine for me.

  37. 5 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (May 30, 2007)

    bufftbone: ... I've been looking for a better alternative. This one fits the bill. It is strictly an image viewer and not much more else. It's not bloated software but instead just a single exe file. One thing that There are two things I'd like to see. Camera RAW support and some real basic editing...
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    Well, there goes the single exe then........ grin....

  38. 5 out of 5 stars
    bufftbone

    Reviewing 4.9 Development Build (May 29, 2007)

    I've been a loyal user of Fast Stone Image Viewer. That program lately has been bogging down and even locking up my system. I've been looking for a better alternative. This one fits the bill. It is strictly an image viewer and not much more else. It's not bloated software but instead just a single exe file. One thing that There are two things I'd like to see. Camera RAW support and some real basic editing and nothing else more. It's a 5 for me.

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