FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 1673 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0
  • Total Downloads:
    12,149,709
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 19, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    27,077
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 81 votes

    • 5 star 53
    • 4 star 22
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.6

    out of 1673 votes

    • 5 star 1170
    • 4 star 374
    • 3 star 70
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 35
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4 stars

"Excellent, full-featured viewer and much more."

April 19, 2010  |  By weevie

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

Used primarily as a viewer this program cleverly allows full-screen (and mouse-click zooms) views, scaled by (custom) percentage to suit your own megapixel (ie: size of image). Low-level image adjustments available from within, exif data, etc etc

Cons

Very strong on image quality - seems to 'bring out' what you've achieved with your camera (perhaps more than IrfanView does).

Summary

To get this quality for free is rare indeed. Do not hesitate, but give it a couple of weeks to get used to the options / layout

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2 stars

"Decent but not great"

April 18, 2010  |  By ThatGuyDesigns

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

Quick and free

Cons

Design not overly great, reminded me of shareware back in the '90s. Help file wasn't very helpful at all, very little information and the keyword search was limited to the 5 or 6 section titles.

Summary

I mainly needed something quick/small/simple to edit meta/exif tag information on photos where the data was missing but, wasn't able to do much beyond view the information. Otherwise, windows picture/fax viewer that comes with WinXP works just fine for viewing files. Editing wise I would use Photoshop since I have it on both the MAC and PC.

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5 stars

"Easy to use, quick load."

April 17, 2010  |  By danstheman7

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

Quick load, light on resources. Seems to be one of the best free suites for photo viewing.

Cons

None at all.

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5 stars

"This is just about as awesome as Picasa"

April 07, 2010  |  By kemosabe

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

I can pull together a bunch of photos and email them direct to my family and frieds.

Cons

Cannot think of a negative right now.

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4 stars

"Really good for ploughing through big piles of images"

April 06, 2010  |  By pnewmarch

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

Very easy to use and stable. Excellent for dealing with very large batches - skim through, tag the ones you want - then deal with just those.
Basic editing is limited but works well - can easily break out to special editor.
Quick mark-up comments etc

Cons

It is good at remembering what you were doing except when marking-up or freehand cropping. It would be nice if these defaulted to the same operation as last used.
Careful when deleting folders - occasionally hangs.

Summary

I recently used this to prepare a batch of 16 000 photos on 19 DVDs for a report. Sorting, fixing bad lighting, selecting and annotating, captioning and repackaging into sets of folders with appropriate filenames. Finally putting the whole lot into PDFs.
It got the job done at a rate of about 1000 pics a day all told. Only a couple of hiccups!
It seems invaluable for that kind of thing. Picture can be assembled into slideshows or PDFs for screen viewing (with captions and notes)
Index/contact sheets can also be printed in configurable formats, but it can be a little tricky getting the settings right.

The file renaming is good as far as it goes, but cannot edit names - only add prefixes or suffixes (with numbers), or else replace completely. So it may help to use a file renamer as well.

When you've done all that, you find yourself looking for a program that can quickly add hyperlinks to a text, with less fuss than a certain well-known word processor!

An absolute MUST HAVE!

Updated on Apr 6, 2010

On second thoughts, maybe I was a bit mean with the 'stars' - make that 4.9 stars!

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5 stars

"does what it says"

March 27, 2010  |  By deweyrankin1

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

The options to edit are right up there with all the hundred dollar programs. I really like the way the tool bars apear when needed, and hidden otherwise, lets you actually see the full screen photo. Like it so well, will buy the upgrade version

Cons

So far I haven't found anything that free over rides

Summary

The hidden tool bars are a great idea, The use of full screen view is great

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5 stars

"This program is exactly what I need"

March 25, 2010  |  By markrbb75

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

Extremely easy to use. Most of the basic tools I need such as Resizing, Red-Eye, Crop, Color Adjustments, Sharpen/blur, Add Text, etc. and a few of the more advanced toys like Morph, Border Effects, Bump Map, etc...again, EASY to use and FAST

Cons

None at all

Summary

I was asked to take photos of my son's 18th birthday party. It was being held at a school gym, indoor basketball court. The overhead lighting was awful and my flash wasn't helping. I couldn't get the white balance correct, but I figured I'd just shoot everything I could and sort it all out later. After the party, as I viewed the pics on my laptop, I was not happy with what I saw and my wife needed the pics put on a disc right away so she could show the kids at church. I went to the CNET website and read their reviews on photo editing products. The review I read about FastStone sounded promising and even though I had never heard of it, I trust CNET's opinion so I downloaded it right from their website. BTW, it's free! FastStone turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. I was able to correct all the red-eye and the lousy lighting, crop and resize and basically turn out some not-so-bad pics. I took the shots on Saturday, corrected them and put them on a disc that evening and gave them to my wife to show at church on Sunday morning. I am very happy with this product and even though I also have Photoshop Elements, I will probably be using FastStone more often since it's so easy and fast for the basic editing.

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4 stars

"good Stuff"

March 25, 2010  |  By aztectwin

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

Does what it says

Cons

not seen any yet

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4 stars

"Versitile image viewer"

March 22, 2010  |  By Skipgoldenrod

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

Easy interface, wide range of image types

Cons

Nothing really.

Summary

Good addition to your toolbox

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5 stars

"A must have program for everyone who uses a computer!"

March 20, 2010  |  By Runefire

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.0

Pros

What I love about this program is it's one of the best around and it's free. I had to get this to edit a lot of pictures that no other program would edit not even some of the paid programs I bought.

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

I really liked this program and have installed it on all my computers and even my friends and family's computer and when I work on computers for people I install this for them so they can take advantage of a wonderful free program.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0
Version 4.0 enhances the skins and toolbar icons and adds "Search and Replace" to Batch Rename.
General
Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site http://www.faststone.org
Release Date November 19, 2009
Date Added November 19, 2009
Version 4.0
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows 98
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.54MB
File Name FSViewerSetup53.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,149,709
Downloads Last Week 27,077
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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