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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 User Reviews
  • 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:

    4.5 stars

    out of 63 votes

    • 5 star: 37
    • 4 star: 22
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect for ebay"

    March 18, 2011  |   By pghmarty

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    It is very easy to use and has all of the basic functions needed to edit photos.
    Not cluttered with a bunch of extras that I would never use.

    Cons

    Nothing to say

    Summary

    Perfect for ebay and is very easy to use.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Un-needed application in a big list of better ones"

    March 15, 2011  |   By retrobeast

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    Free software

    Cons

    FS is not better than photo editors that are free

    Summary

    If you try to find the best photo editor out there that is free then your head will eventually explode. Depending on what website review you go to you will find a number of editor names out there. In no particular order you have FS, GIMP, Photoscape, Paint.net, Irfanview, etc etc.
    These app makers beg for the best review and him who whines more gets to be in top 5 list.
    FS is so so.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast Tone Forever"

    March 11, 2011  |   By viviencaloy

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    Spectacular image editing software, Excellent viewer, Good converter, very fast, easy to use, small size, and it's free.

    Cons

    ........................................................................................none

    Summary

    Very fast! tone this image.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "View/acquire/manage/edit images in fast clean interface"

    March 2, 2011  |   By cofeehed

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    Fast.Clean.
    Surprising features.
    Favorites:
    Scan/edit/Save selection to file on scanner interface
    Edit/save selection to file from image preview main screen.
    Several ways to do things-lots of short-cut keys..

    Cons

    I haven't found any yet in the software.

    Summary

    This is one of the best tools I've come across in a long time-and I am always looking.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Bests Explorer; has features even PhotoPaint doesn't"

    February 28, 2011  |   By ellerman88

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    1- "Batch converting": being able to reduce the size of a bunch of photos, all at once.
    2- "Crop board", which crops to an easy-to-use preset 4:3 grid. Corel's PhotoPaint v12 doesn't have this; you have to just guess as you drag out that crop box.

    Cons

    The only con of setting FastStone IV as the default program to open bitmaps is that it takes about 15-25 seconds, compared to the approx. 3 secs it takes Windows Picture And Fax Viewer (the default viewer from Windows XP).

    Summary

    I highly recommend everyone to try it for at least a few weeks.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    February 27, 2011  |   By veritastm

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    Very intuitive

    Cons

    I have not run into anything

    Summary

    I was in a rush to edit some pidtures to post for advertising. I downloaded the software and within minutes was able to quickly edit the photos without having to read the instructions. It was very intuitive.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Tool"

    February 24, 2011  |   By ikeamawheat

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    Works well with all forms of pictures
    Easy and Fast
    Simple

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet

    Summary

    This is a great tool for pictures,I hade the first version of the FastStone and this version is even better.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Well featured and easy to use"

    February 24, 2011  |   By jstevenwalker

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    Takes care of most editing tasks

    Cons

    Would be nice to have a manual or more interactive toolbars

    Summary

    Pretty impressive for a free program

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best there is."

    February 23, 2011  |   By wijou45

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    It is the most complete editor, organizer, viewer out there.

    Cons

    None what so ever.

    Summary

    This will be hard to put down all the pros in words! Have used this program since forever, on an old 420mhz computer, that's how long ago. There is no other program out there to match this one. Oh sure, if you want to pay $300.00 or so then maybe. But this one is so fast and easy to use. The upgrade from 4.2 is truly amazing, it now has everything one could wish for in a quick, easy, image editor/viewer. Thanks a bunch for this one. I have finally sent off a contribution, felt so guilty using this for free. Hope everyone that tries it sends off a contribution.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product"

    February 23, 2011  |   By srt800

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.3

    Pros

    Easy & intuitive to use

    Cons

    none. As good as anything out there

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