FastStone Image Viewer
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"The Best Out There"
This is the most versatile and user friendly image viewer organizational tool I have found. As a web/graphic designer I have used many. Just flat out the best for everyday tasks, batch functions, viewing properties and most of all searching for images. The lighting fast response time viewing thumbnails even off a network drive is amazing. Can't say enough good things about this program. Best part is it's very inexpensive for a commercial product. Don't get me wrong this will not replace Photoshop, etc for the heavy lifting, but everyday stuff, it's the bomb!
I would love to see tabs for folders and meta tag editing. I was told by the developer that the meta tag option is coming.
There are a couple features that could make this even better, like meta tag editing and tabbed windows. Other than that you will not find something better. There is a free version for non commercial, but has the same functionally.