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FastStone Image Viewer

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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.


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.


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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5 stars


October 27, 2015  |  By Whatever4556

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.5


-Very feature-rich


(don't know of any yet)


I haven't used it extensively yet but was just looking for a replacement for the Windows Photo viewer that was in Win7 but not in Win10 - they just have the 'Photos' app which is total garbage as a simple jpg viewer. FastStone is exactly what I was looking for. Opens and Exits effortlessly, has lots of hotkeys, appears to be extremely versatile and customizable. No wonder programs like this are never built in to Windows because those traits are polar opposites of what microsoft knows about. 5/5 from what I see.

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3 stars

"nice but falls short"

October 15, 2015  |  By Cube Over

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.5


It is free
It is quick
Nice shortcuts
Did I say it was quick? It is very quick


Does not support color management metadata (AdobeRGB JPEGs do not look right). Even Windows built-in viewer does!
Does not _properly_ support SIGMA X3F RAW; even though it opens them, the weird color tinge is too strong.


About 2 years ago I have donated in order to support its development.
I have not seen development in the two areas of my interest (color spaces, X3F support). As a result I am not using it.

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5 stars

"ACDsee killer nr 1"

September 29, 2015  |  By Rasmus Skovgaard

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.5


This is A professional very easy to use super freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
product.... i am a pro user and as a photographer i have used ACDsee fot 10 years and paid a huge amount for a service and this is the exact same product but it is free,, all the features works fast and the search machine is more reliable ... chose this for your home pix and for your


there is non so is a standalone program, and it does not load directly to you annoying FB page but i believe that is a good thing... ;-)


I have used ACDsee the last 10 years, and they have the A ULTIMATE perfect product. My license ran out And i looked for e new but free product...... I Choose is faster and can do exactly the same thing, GO with this FastStone Image Viewer it is thes best any computer should be born with this.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.5
Version 5.5 fixed a bug which failed to display file properties (Size, Type and Date Modified) in Batch Convert/Rename tool.
Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site
Release Date August 14, 2015
Date Added August 24, 2015
Version 5.5
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.58MB
File Name FSViewerSetup55.exe
Total Downloads 13,341,698
Downloads Last Week 26,476
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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