FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 1668 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.2
  • Total Downloads:
    11,913,129
  • Date Added:
    September 25, 2014
  • File Size:
    5.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    28,794
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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Though it's lightweight and completely free, FastStone Image Viewer has the power and features to be the primary image editor for most users and the go-to "daily driver" for pros. It packs an impressive array of tools, brushes, filters, effects, and extras in a classic (and customizable) layout. It can resize, rotate, and crop images; fix red-eye and other image flaws; add borders, watermarks, and special effects; convert batches; and do far more, and better, than it should be able to for free.

Pros

Full-screen plus: Rolling the cursor to the edges of the cool full-screen view brings up a program menu, thumbnails, file attributes, and the Navigator toolbar.

Wallpaper and more: The Set Wallpaper Anywhere on Desktop tool let us customize wallpaper size and position, add decorative borders, change backgrounds, and more. The Tools menu also offers Compare Images, Batch Convert, Batch Rename, Change Timestamp, and JPEG Lossless Rotate.

Creative extras: The Create menu holds Slide Show Builder, Contact Sheet Builder, and Image Strip tools, as well as Multi-Page File Builder and Splitter.

Tutorials: New users can download extensive tutorials from the Help menu.

Cons

Wallpaper thumbnails: In addition to border templates, the Set Wallpaper tool should be able to display thumbnails from the selected folder, so you don't have to go back and forth to try different images.

Bottom Line

FastStone Image Viewer isn't a true alternative to big-box tools like Photoshop, but even professionals might find it quicker to launch, faster to use, and better suited for everyday use.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.6

    out of 1668 votes

    • 5 star 1165
    • 4 star 374
    • 3 star 70
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 35
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  • 5 stars

    "Helpful and easy to use!!"

    October 13, 2014   |   By LegrandFillion

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

    Pros

    Excellent product , even dummies like me can use it.

    Cons

    It is completely up to my expectation

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  • 5 stars

    "I enjoyed using this program."

    October 12, 2014   |   By IamsPiech

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

    Pros

    It's just great. Super easy to operate and understand.

    Cons

    None that I found

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent, but slightly limited."

    October 10, 2014   |   By camacree

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

    Pros

    Love this program. It's excellent at some things and very good at others. It's small yet powerful and it's pretty easy to use.

    Cons

    The downside to being small is that it doesn't have every tool you might want. Occasionally I have to use other programs for perform certain functions.

    Summary

    Vastly better than default MS Paint. Better than a lot of larger alternative programs. Free. Small. Powerful. Reliable. It doesn't have everything but if it did it would be large and unwieldy. Worth having even if you don't alter or enlarge images more than once in a blue moon.
    Strongly recommended. 23½ out of 25.

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  • 5 stars

    "Quick and easy download, easy to use."

    October 09, 2014   |   By MarkusMarte

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

    Pros

    Quick and easy download, easy to use.

    Cons

    No cons, quite happy with it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Better than a "store bought" graphic utility!"

    October 09, 2014   |   By cookiejones

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

    Pros

    Batch processing and batch renaming is superb
    It doesn't want to take over for you
    Very straight forward to learn

    Cons

    can't find any for this level of program

    Summary

    I teach computer skills to adults & have been recommending this program for several years. I think I have, over the years, used "them all" but still come back to this one.

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  • 5 stars

    "Intuitive interface"

    October 08, 2014   |   By LedyardHeffelfinger

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

    Pros

    Great tool, no nagging appearance.

    Cons

    Nothing, its a great program!

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  • 5 stars

    "Very fast, powerful and stable"

    October 08, 2014   |   By JohnEastMan

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

    Pros

    Have been using this for 10 years almost every day. It just keeps getting better without becoming bloatware!!! The single-click magnifier is very handy. The batch resizer is a lifesaver. Cannot do without it.

    Cons

    Auto color adjustment needs improvement.

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  • 1 stars

    "Freezes my computer!!"

    October 08, 2014   |   By Craig823

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

    Pros

    NONE....can't get it to install

    Cons

    Every time I try to install, my computer freezes. I have to reboot. Stay away!!

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  • 4 stars

    "could be better"

    September 29, 2014

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

    Pros

    everything i could want in a picture viewer is in this program

    Cons

    slideshow pause and play button is too big. it covers the pictures too much. needs more skins.

    Summary

    there should be an option to remove the pause button on slideshow. why cant it be invisible.I know its on pause coz its stopped. how hard could that be?

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 5.2
    • Now you can copy and paste objects in Draw Board.
    • Added "Zoom at Center/Mouse Position" to the Settings.
    • Added "Smart-Filling" to the advanced options (Resize tab) of the Batch Convert tool.
    • Added Fit Width (Shift+W) and Fit Height (Shift+H) to the Zoom menu.
    • Improved the Copy/Move to Folder tool. Now you can press 1 to 9 to select a pre-defined destination folder.
    • Many other improvements and bug fixes.
    General
    Publisher FastStone Soft
    Publisher web site http://www.faststone.org
    Release Date September 25, 2014
    Date Added September 25, 2014
    Version 5.2
    Category
    Category Digital Photo Software
    Subcategory Photo Editors
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows 7, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 5.54MB
    File Name FSViewerSetup52.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 11,913,129
    Downloads Last Week 28,794
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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