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FastStone Image Viewer

CNET Editors' review

Despite its name, FastStone Image Viewer is more than just a program for viewing images. It's also capable of performing a fairly significant number of editing functions, which come packaged in an innovative interface. It's no Photoshop replacement, but we think it's a good choice if you need a way to view images and perform basic editing and correction tasks.

At first glance, the program's interface is a bit cluttered; there are toolbars with lots of buttons across the top, and there are panes where you can navigate to particular directories, view thumbnails of the contents, and view larger previews of individual images. The cool part of FastStone Image Viewer appears when you enter full-screen mode; the image is displayed by itself, but moving your mouse to the edges of the screen brings up a variety of tools and options.

Mouse to the right and the image's metadata appears; to the left, a menu appears with tools for rotating, resizing, and adding text, as well as adjusting colors and adding special effects. Mousing to the top of the screen brings down a thumbnail preview of the current directory, making it easy to select a different image, while at the bottom of the screen there's a toolbar with some of the most basic editing options. We especially liked the program's slideshow feature, which makes it easy to create custom slideshows using your own music.

Although most users should be able to figure FastStone's features out without much assistance, there's a 95-page PDF Help file that offers plenty of guidance. Overall, we were impressed with the variety of features that FastStone Image Viewer combines in an easy-to-use package, and we recommend the program to anyone seeking a basic but well-stocked image editor.

FastStone Image Viewer installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

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    4.6 stars

    out of 1,654 votes

    • 5 star: 1154
    • 4 star: 372
    • 3 star: 70
    • 2 star: 24
    • 1 star: 34
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  • 5.0 stars

    "superb thing"

    April 11, 2014  |   By easbmmXJacob

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.1

    Pros

    Very fast worth the install.Simple programme.. Enough said.

    Cons

    nothing at all.:-) ....

    Summary

    Worth every penny. Personally, I like it very much. Another fav of mine is ***********. , Seriously.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "wonderful."

    April 10, 2014  |   By earthdeth

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.1

    Pros

    I like to make wallpapers that fill the screen. Only program that was easy to keep aspect ratio was Roxio Photosuite 8. It won't work beyond XP. This is even better. I like the fullscreen appearance of this. For free it is perfect.

    Cons

    Haven't found a single downside at all.

    Summary

    for fixing pictures it's the 2nd besy. 1st best can't be used, so this one wins.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Allows modification of EXIF field "Date Picture Taken""

    April 4, 2014  |   By BLShaeffer

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.1

    Pros

    Views EXIF data easily
    Allows modification of EXIF data field "Date Picture Taken"
    Resizes images
    Usual crop, lighting fixes

    Cons

    None found yet

    Summary

    I needed something beside Adobe Photoshop Elements that could change the date/time stamps ("date picture taken") in my .JPG files. Though this will not add one, it will change an existing one to whatever you want. It is easy enough to add a "date picture taken" field to a JPG using Windows Explorer but the time always gets set to current time. With FastStone, you can set the time to whatever you want or use +/- to change it by a certain amount of time. I haven't yet explored the other features but it looks very promising.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "As Simple or sophisticated as you would like."

    March 26, 2014  |   By scace369

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.1

    Pros

    I've been using the FastStone Image viewer since it first appeared through CNET. The downloadable tutorial should answer any questions you might have. Their support team is also very user friendly should you have a really big concern you can't find an answer for.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything negative to say.

    Summary

    Of all the shareware I have used, I didn't mind sending a $10 donation even though none was demanded. Wish Microsoft had similar sentiments.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Intuitive UI"

    March 18, 2014  |   By alekseyremizov

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.1

    Pros

    Simple and intuitive interface. Managing images with minimal mouse movement.

    Cons

    Images comparison by content is not enough.

    Summary

    Fast, functional, free for non commercical use, frendly UI.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple & awesome function."

    March 18, 2014  |   By Maharaja_Kentut

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.1

    Pros

    Simple & awesome function.

    Cons

    Simple & awesome function.

    Summary

    Simple & awesome function.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Available"

    March 13, 2014  |   By Gothicrider

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.1

    Pros

    Fast - still one of if not the fastest image viewer available
    good file and batch sorting
    great for desktop wallpaper with numerous options

    Cons

    None really found

    Summary

    If you are looking for a fast, reliable image viewer, then this one will more than fit the bill

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