Photo viewer that also offers editing capabilities
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98 / Windows 95
IrfanView is an image editing, viewing and management application that is full of powerful features. The application is very popular because it is free and compact. IrfanView is a small program that can be downloaded in a few seconds. IrfanView can be installed normally on a hard drive or can be installed as a standalone application on a thumb drive for use between different systems. IrfanView has been around for well over a decade and is one of the most widely used image handling applications available today.
One of the main uses for IrfanView is as an image viewer. The program can read dozens of different file formats. This includes common formats like JPGs and older formats like PCX files. It even has the ability to load proprietary and specialized files like 3D models and images from video games. IrfanView can load and playback many types of video and audio media files. The application includes a number of convenient features for viewing large collections of files. Users can navigate through directories of images using the arrow keys. There is a customizable slide show option as well. IrfanView automatically scales the images displayed so that they always appear in their entirety after loading.
Another primary use for IrfanView is as an image editor. The application is mainly designed to edit existing photos and images. All of the editing functions are driven through a convenient set of menu options. Users can rotate images, resize images and stitch together images into a panoramic shot. There is a basic painting interface so that users can draw over an image. IrfanView contains a wide range of image manipulation options such as sharpening, level adjustment and color replacement. Users have access to filters as well that can do things like remove redeye, perform edge detection and turn photos into oil paintings. All of these features are simple to use and understand.
IrfanView contains a complete thumbnail creation and management tool. The tool allows users to browse through different directories by looking at thumbnails of all the images inside. Users can save the individual thumbnails. IrfanView can also take all of the thumbnail images and combine them into a single sheet for future reference that includes file names and locations. There is even an option to automatically email thumbnail sheets to other people. Anyone who is dealing with images professionally or as part of application development can create text files of random images across an entire system that IrfanView will load and process in large batches.
IrfanView is a powerful and easy to use image-viewing and editing programs available. It is constantly updated. There are also several plug-ins available that allow IrfanView to handle new file formats or to perform unique editing functions. IrfanView is a good choice for anyone who needs a powerful image handling application.