The program that you use to edit or organize your digital images may not be the best option for viewing or displaying them. ModernView is a program made especially for this task, with a variety of panning and zooming features. Although it doesn't do everything we'd expect an image viewer to do, it provides an interesting set of tools that might be especially useful when dealing with large images.
ModernView has a pane down the left side that lets you preview images in a chosen directory. Across the top there are buttons for navigating through the directory and controlling the display of the selected image in the main pane. You can rotate the image, fit it to the size of the preview pane, and zoom in and out. The real magic of ModernView, though, lies in its mouse controls and keyboard shortcuts. You can zoom, pan, advance images in the directory, and do other tasks without having to click anything on the interface, a nice feature to have when ModernView is in full-screen mode and its buttons aren't accessible.
All of ModernView's controls are listed in an HTML Help file. We found it a little curious that a program devoted to viewing and displaying images doesn't seem to have a slideshow feature; if that's something that's important to you, ModernView is probably not the best choice. Likewise, ModernView has absolutely no editing features. Even though you can rotate images within the program, you can't save any of your changes. But if you need a program purely for looking at images in great detail using flexible panning and zooming tools, ModernView is worth checking out.
ModernView comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction with no need for installation.