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FastStone Image Viewer

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For a free program, this multipurpose image tool strikes us as a good find. Although the main interface looks too cluttered with buttons at first glance, the three main windows are intuitive enough once get your bearings. FastStone Image Viewer for Windows boasts a nice default design, but you can customize it to your liking with several skins.

Clicking a thumbnail puts a larger view of the shot in the lower-left pane, and you zoom in simply by dragging the mouse around. Though its image-editing tools can't compete with those offered by a full-featured suite, there's still enough here to make a decent amount of tweaks to your shots. You can resize, crop, remove red-eye, and adjust color, brightness, and contrast. You'll also find a few simple effects and filters, including Lens, Waves, and Morphs. Other nifty features include multiple folder slide shows, batch cropping and Windows Vista support.

FastStone Image Viewer for Windows can batch-convert files into a number of popular image formats including GIF, BMP, PSD, and PNG, and the slide-show creator allows you to apply transitions, specify the interval between images, and add your own MP3s as a soundtrack. We can recommend this program to everyone but professional designers.

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  • All versions:

    4.6 stars

    out of 1,654 votes

    • 5 star: 1154
    • 4 star: 372
    • 3 star: 70
    • 2 star: 24
    • 1 star: 34
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 157 votes

    • 5 star: 120
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "fast, many useful functions, free"

    September 11, 2008  |   By yoho_125

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    batch editing, smoothing, exif tools

    Cons

    nothing really

    Summary

    best free image viewer, also good basic editing tools

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Essential tool for Bloggers"

    September 11, 2008  |   By projohn

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    Neat Interface
    Advanced Options are still easily configurable for all kind of users
    Detail yet simple results
    A lovely texting and watermarking feature which many photo editing software still can't get these things right

    Cons

    Can I get rid of the skins!?

    Summary

    I see nothing annoying and why shouldn't be installed on every computer?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "impressive image viewer with high capabilities"

    September 11, 2008  |  

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    it is free and simple and clear with differnet skins

    Cons

    they can improve the icons

    Summary

    it is the replacable of ACDsee

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great programme"

    September 10, 2008  |   By kwareham

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    not found any yet

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Friggin' awesome. The best FREE photo software ever!"

    September 2, 2008  |   By paulmz

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    Full-screen photo editing with the ability to improve all aspects of photos. Wicked-easy cropping, great color and picture adjustment, super easy menus and options. Simple hotkeys. Major and fine-tuning adustment by mouse! Priceless!

    Cons

    If I find one, I'll let you know.

    Summary

    Awesome. Easy. Precise. It's FREE and does it all! You won't be disappointed.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Highly recommended!"

    August 29, 2008  |   By DavidB007

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    Intuitive interface, stable, wealth of features, easy to use, download photos and delete source file functionality is excellent, if a little slow (nit picking!)

    Cons

    Red-eye removal functionality is very basic and success in removing red eye depends on how bad it is. Would like to see functionality to remove duplicate photos

    Summary

    For a totally free piece of software, FastStone Image Viewer is excellent. It's one of those rare occasions where you feel compelled to make a donation to fund further development because clearly the publishers have the users of the software as their #1 priority. I suspect it does not fully replace the functionality provided by commercial packages such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, but for the average home user that wants to manage their photos, it's hard to beat. I would be great to have functionality to locate and remove duplicate photos, which is very common if (like me) you tend to download photos to multiple sources. I use VisiPics 1.30, which does the job, but is very slow and has a strange interface and can be a little confusing. Also, red-eye removal in FastStone Image Viewer could be a lot better. Improvement opportunties aside, this really is a gem, which I highly recommend.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good and free"

    August 27, 2008  |   By eknv

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    Free, fast, easy to understand with many many features...

    Cons

    Nothing really

    Summary

    Mostly I use this software for viewing, resizing, cropping and like that... For more complicated things like photo editing I use GIMP which is also freeware...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very easy use and effect"

    August 26, 2008  |   By jpm44

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    Works nicely-easily

    Cons

    this works great

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent"

    August 26, 2008  |   By figuha

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Nothing

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great photo editing freeware"

    August 25, 2008  |   By opalibra10

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.5

    Pros

    I have used this program for a couple years and love it! It takes playing around with it at first and a good free program for editing, cropping and adding text with a few clicks. Love that it has a large selection of frames to chose from and the ability to download pics from SD card using this program.

    Cons

    Since we have purchased a new computer with Windows Vista 64 bit I can not edit pics as the program freezes up. I have un-installed and re-installed a few times now and still have this problem. Very disappointed and not sure if it is the software or something on this new computer that is causing this issue as I really like using this program.

    Summary

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    Updated on Sep 17, 2008

    After last un-install, I downloaded the program again and saved it to our external hard drive and only had one glitch of program freezing up. I closed the program down and waited a few minutes before re-opening and didn't have any other issues of it freezing up of the program. Not a computer expert but just guessing that the 3.5 version may not have been compatible with Vista Home Premium 64 bit. Just glad that I could get the program to work on the external HD as I just love to use this program for fast editing of our pics!

    I have just downloaded the new 3.6 version to our external drive and will test drive it for awhile before posting review in the new 3.6 version section.

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