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FastStone Image Viewer

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.5
  • Total Downloads:
    13,522,169
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 24, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,225
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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

    4.7

    out of 6 votes

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

    4.6

    out of 1696 votes

    • 5 star 1189
    • 4 star 377
    • 3 star 71
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 35
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5 stars

"Very good free program"

January 30, 2016  |  By mickcarver1

2016-01-30 08:31:32  |  By mickcarver1

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.5

Pros

I downloaded this to use as a faster viewer than windows but then found out that to is a good free basic editor I like the one click preview button to see the after and before
also the side by side comparison the resizer works well and the slide presenter

Cons

A bit nit picky I know but when you go into clone and heal mode the screen zooms in I would prefer it to be full screen and zoom into the area as required

Summary

A very good free program I am a in a camera club and recommend it to new members who are not sure how to start editing

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5 stars

"People in FasStone know their job very well."

January 21, 2016  |  By nass94

2016-01-21 10:15:39  |  By nass94

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.5

Pros

So wonderful.
So easy.
So nice.

Cons

None that I can think of.

Summary

Best image viewer one can get

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5 stars

"very very, good excellent"

November 30, 2015  |  By MorarSchutz

2015-11-30 18:15:50  |  By MorarSchutz

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.5

Pros

As far as I know, it's never given me any trouble

Cons

I have no cons on this program

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5 stars

"Excellent!"

October 27, 2015  |  By Whatever4556

2015-10-27 16:04:13  |  By Whatever4556

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.5

Pros

-Fast
-Customizable
-Very feature-rich

Cons

(don't know of any yet)

Summary

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

2015-10-15 16:24:34  |  By Cube Over

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.5

Pros

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

Cons

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.

Summary

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

2015-09-29 04:10:08  |  By Rasmus Skovgaard

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.5

Pros

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 professionel...life

Cons

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

Summary

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 this......it 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

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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.
General
Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site http://www.faststone.org/
Release Date August 14, 2015
Date Added August 24, 2015
Version 5.5
Category
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
Popularity
Total Downloads 13,522,169
Downloads Last Week 3,225
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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