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FastStone Image Viewer

CNET Editors' review

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:

    4.4 stars

    out of 89 votes

    • 5 star: 55
    • 4 star: 23
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worthwhile downlowding."

    February 17, 2009  |   By mgalaxy

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    Fast and effective, easy 2 use & of course its a free product.

    Cons

    Doesnt have professional editing.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I'm likeing it,I'mm likeing it........"

    February 17, 2009  |   By whaight

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    fast,and stable

    Cons

    Do video,and pics togeter

    Summary

    Viewer is all I need.......

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Far better than what Windows Vista had installed"

    February 14, 2009  |   By Murray Whyte

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    Easy to use. Good tools and user friendly

    Cons

    It is fine the way it is,.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "its ok for first time users"

    February 11, 2009  |   By almartinez

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    its quick though not a large amount of tools

    Cons

    not very customizable user interface

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I wouldn·t change it for other viewer"

    February 11, 2009  |   By carloscarozzo

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    The same reliable program as ever, with minor ( to my belief) even better and faster improvements

    Cons

    Maybe could improve on the handling of a dual monitor operation. I could think of letting the user choose on which monitor he wants to have his Video show on. This does not flow out that easy.

    Summary

    I have been using the Viewer for a long time now, different versions; FastStone keeps improving it.
    Congratulations

    Updated on Feb 18, 2009

    When any action to modify a picture is performed, and further on, saved as a new picture, the program does its job, saves the picture on demand, and then automaticaly shows the next one on the screen. But if you try to go on modifying this next picture, the program will not open the various editing options on it:
    you have to move your view -either forwards or backwards- and then come back to this "next" picture in order to keep on editing. This is somewhat anoying and time consuming, and I believe it could be a minor but worthy improvement.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "downloaded at 98% and then crashed not nice"

    February 9, 2009  |   By di29

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    nothing because i did'nt get to load it, while downloading it crashed and could not complete download -

    Cons

    just did not fully load, crash, crash, crash!!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works well, but not amazing..."

    February 9, 2009  |   By somehowhaywire

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    Compared to an earlier release I tried, the current version of FastStone more intuitive and easier to jump into and use regularly. Speed and functionality beat Picasa by a long shot. The shell is slick, modern looking. And FREE is always good!

    Cons

    I see nothing amazing about it. It mostly appears to be a copycat of what's been around for a long time.

    Summary

    I find that FastStone operates most, but not all, the functions that Photodex put into the CompuPicPro release I bought in 1995. So I see nothing new or amazing here. FastStone nevertheless offers a good, contemporary package that does most of what one needs to manage, catalog and view a large picture collection.

    I plan to stay with FastStone in one of my work environments, just to see what more I can discover in it -- and to see what the developers will add in future updates.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "blazing fast, uncluttered pic viewer and editor"

    February 9, 2009  |   By pocketdora

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    no load time, full screen pics, menus only appear on rollover, lossless rotation, good red-eye reduction, light on system resources

    Cons

    sometimes i'll accidentlly click something the opens the organizer part of it, which takes longer to load, but i don't ever want to use that.

    Summary

    Does everything i need, simply and elegantly

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Consistent and very usefull"

    February 8, 2009  |   By tucifurlan

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    Very fast and easy to move

    Cons

    Nothing at the moment

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  • 1.0 stars

    "tried it, didnt like it"

    February 8, 2009  |   By bubbadave

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 3.6

    Pros

    none that i can think of

    Cons

    pretty much everytthing

    Summary

    it made my computer crash and took over an hour toi get the system back up and running by removing and reinstalling the necessary programming.

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