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An Image Viewer or image browser is a computer program that displays a stored graphical image;
it can often handle various graphics file formats.
Such software usually renders the image according to properties of the display such as color depth and display resolution.
Some people use full-featured bitmap graphics editors as image viewers.
A person with, for example, Adobe Photoshop may have no need for a separate image viewer. Others may find that full-featured bitmap graphics editors load too slowly and keep a separate viewer for simply displaying images.
Many image viewers feature:
Basic viewing operations such as zooming and rotation.
By nearly a 2 to 1 margin above all others in the 2006 Member's (multiple choice) Poll the runaway winner for an amazing third time according to those who replied is: Irfanview !
Second Place was the built in Microsoft Windows Fax & Picture Viewer which is included with the Operating system in latter Windows builds.
And ACDSee is still the main choice for those who actually paid for an application, however many suggested they prefer an Older Version.
Also notable is that about one quarter of those responding indicated that they utilize more the than one viewer depending on their immediate needs.
What is IrfanView ?
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.
It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.
IrfanView is trying to create new and/or interesting features in its own way, unlike some other graphic viewers, which whole "creativity" is based on feature cloning, stealing of ideas and whole dialogs from ACDSee and/or IrfanView! (for example: XnView is stealing/cloning features and whole dialogs from IrfanView, since 5+ years).
IrfanView was the first Windows graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple (animated) GIF support.
One of the first graphic viewers WORLDWIDE with Multi-page TIF support.
The first graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple ICO support.
Some IrfanView features:
Many supported file formats
Multi language support
Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
Fast directory view (moving through directory)
Batch conversion (with image processing)
Multi-page TIF editing
Change color depth
Scan (batch scan) support
Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
Lossless JPG rotation
Many command line options
Only one EXE-File, no DLLs, no Shareware messages like "I Agree" or "Evaluation expired"
No registry changes without user action/permission!
and much much more ...
Other Image Viewer Applications appearing in this year's poll
(listed in descending preference order) were:
FastStone ImageViewer (free)
Microsoft Paint (included with the OS)
The Gimp (free)
Microsoft Office Picture Manager (included in the Office Suite)
Adobe Photoshop Album SE (free)
Corel Photo Album
Ulead Photo Impact
Ulead Photo Explorer
Studioline Photo Basic
Some of those Others that captured 6% of the votes were:
Graphic Workshop Professional