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In First Place receiving 43% and by a more than 2 to 1 margin above all others in our poll the runaway winner according to those who replied is Irfanview !
Second Place was the built in image viewer in the later builds of Windows.(19%)
ACDSee was the clear winner for those who actually paid for an application. (16%)
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.
It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.
IrfanView was the first Windows graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple (animated) GIF support.
One of the first graphic viewers WORLDWIDE with Multipage TIFF support.
The first graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple ICO support.
Some IrfanView features:
•Many supported file formats (click here for the list of formats)
•Multi language support
•Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
•Drag & drop support
•Fast directory view (moving through directory)
•Batch conversion (with image processing)
•Change color depth
•Scan (batch scan) support
•Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Photoshop filter factory)
•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 many more
Viewer Applications appearing in our poll were:
MS Paint: (Available in Windows > Accessories)
MS Picture Viewer (Available in later Windows Builds)
Ulead Photo Explorer
The "Others" mentioned were: