FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 1674 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.6
  • Total Downloads:
    11,941,774
  • Date Added:
    August 09, 2011
  • File Size:
    5.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    25,151
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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Despite its name, FastStone Image Viewer is more than just a program for viewing images. It's also capable of performing a fairly significant number of editing functions, which come packaged in an innovative interface. It's no Photoshop replacement, but we think it's a good choice if you need a way to view images and perform basic editing and correction tasks.

At first glance, the program's interface is a bit cluttered; there are toolbars with lots of buttons across the top, and there are panes where you can navigate to particular directories, view thumbnails of the contents, and view larger previews of individual images. The cool part of FastStone Image Viewer appears when you enter full-screen mode; the image is displayed by itself, but moving your mouse to the edges of the screen brings up a variety of tools and options.

Mouse to the right and the image's metadata appears; to the left, a menu appears with tools for rotating, resizing, and adding text, as well as adjusting colors and adding special effects. Mousing to the top of the screen brings down a thumbnail preview of the current directory, making it easy to select a different image, while at the bottom of the screen there's a toolbar with some of the most basic editing options. We especially liked the program's slideshow feature, which makes it easy to create custom slideshows using your own music.

Although most users should be able to figure FastStone's features out without much assistance, there's a 95-page PDF Help file that offers plenty of guidance. Overall, we were impressed with the variety of features that FastStone Image Viewer combines in an easy-to-use package, and we recommend the program to anyone seeking a basic but well-stocked image editor.

FastStone Image Viewer installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 105 votes

    • 5 star 69
    • 4 star 25
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    4.6

    out of 1674 votes

    • 5 star 1171
    • 4 star 374
    • 3 star 70
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 35
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5 stars

"I used this for some batch processing and it worked."

January 08, 2013  |  By I_hate_user_accounts

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

It worked for what I needed it for. I recommend giving it a shot.

Cons

Hmmm... none that I recall... hey, it was free and it worked.

Summary

Recommended.

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4 stars

"great photo viewer and light photo editor"

December 19, 2012  |  By startreksuite

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

it can crop a series of photos, the viewing of each photo is easy to manange.

Cons

doesn't handle photoshop plugins.

Summary

If you're looking for a simple photo viewer, that can manage, crop and do simple photo adjusting, this is for you.

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3 stars

"Not Perfect, but Pretty Nice Overall"

November 30, 2012  |  By Joe_New

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

Full range of image-editing functions.
Uses Windows Explorer-like file browser.
Monitors image degradation, if any.
Excellent image-orientation capability.

Cons

There's no option to set a default resolution for resizing, so resizing images to a standard resolution takes at least FIVE CLICKS per file!
After saving a file as *changed filename*, all previous mods to the original file are wiped out; one can't go back through the undo process in the original file or continue editing it where one left off.

Summary

A very nice, versatile and serviceable image editor. I wish I could use it at work but some functions, e.g. resizing to a standard res., are just too laborious for me.

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5 stars

"Wow! Awesome! Amazing!"

November 28, 2012  |  By jouwhoo

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

Just what I needed. I was looking for a batch image converter to convert wmf to jpg and I had over 1,000 files. It was taking me a long time doing one at a time in Paint, so I looked on here and found this program that is perfect! It took just a minute to convert all those files.

Cons

None that I can see.

Summary

Great software for free, works for what I needed it for.

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5 stars

"Quick and Easy"

November 27, 2012  |  By billdwp

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

I needed a slideshow with music in about 20 minutes. Worked great and the slideshow was setup with music and transitions. It was really cool and everyone wanted a copy.

Cons

Had to download the tutorial separately, but it was no big deal.

Summary

Give it a try... its free, but I'm going to donate. I never review software... unless its very special.

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3 stars

"Basic Editing"

November 27, 2012  |  By mr_bulow

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

Free and fast

Cons

Doesn't allow you to set transparent backgrounds.

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5 stars

"Perfect for me"

November 16, 2012  |  By DataMatrix

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

Quick even on my minimal system

Cons

None found

Summary

I like the look and feel and it runs smoothly on my netbook (Intel Atom, Win7 Starter, 1gig RAM).

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5 stars

"Great file manager / reader."

November 15, 2012  |  By proeman2002

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

Fast easy to use, full functioning, and still free.

Cons

can't remember any.

Summary

Have used it trouble free for years.

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1 stars

"aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"

November 09, 2012  |  By arthurhakes

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

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Cons

I wish you could join the real world. I spend all day on the internet at my office (which means that I can't use their computers to work on my photos). I want to buy a program so that when I am on vacation, i.e. away from the internet, I can work on my photos. Please tell me that I can buy a real disk and not download anything.

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5 stars

"A must have!"

November 03, 2012  |  By cmzeno

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.6

Pros

- Free alternative to ACDSEE.
- Fast, stable and with no bugs (I haven't noticed any).
- Excellent features (does exactly what it's supposed to do and not "a little bit of everything").
Possibly the best free picture viewer available.

Cons

The only thing that bothers me is that thumbnail sizes are predefined. However this is a matter of personal taste.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.6
Version 4.6 has improved the "Acquire Images from Scanner" tool.
General
Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site http://www.faststone.org
Release Date June 28, 2011
Date Added August 09, 2011
Version 4.6
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.54MB
File Name FSViewerSetup53.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,941,774
Downloads Last Week 25,151
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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