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This free program is an image browser which also lets you convert and edit the images. It works with just about all the image formats you could think of - JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, WMF, TGA, digital camera RAW etc.
The kinds of amendments you can make include cropping of the graphics, adjustments to the colours, red eye removal and re-sizing. As well as this you can use the FastStone program to manage your images, to run a slideshow with music and to email your files out to other people.
The user interface is very easy to learn how to use and the software runs quickly and without taking up too much off the computer's resources. At first the multitude of buttons and tools makes the software seem a bit confusing, and some PC novices may find it a bit intimidating on the first go. However, if you persevere with it you will soon realise that it is easy enough to get going and become proficient with the program.
For example, you just click on a thumbnail view to get the full size image in the pane, and then you can use the mouse to zoom in. There are some hidden toolbars on all four sides of the screen with appear when you hover over them, and these give you quick access to a lot of the different functions and let you explore the kinds of thing you are able to do with your images.
The number of editing options available on the FastStone Image Viewer means that it is entirely possible for an amateur photographer or keen image collector to use only this free software for all of their graphic viewing and editing needs. Anyone who is looking for a more professional editing site will probably have to pay for it, as this is about the best free one around.
FastStone Image Viewer System Requirements
FastStone Image Viewer Operating Systems
Windows 98, ME, XP, Vista and Windows 7