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FastStone Image Viewer

CNET Editors' review

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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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 15 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Best for Printing Pictures"

    April 7, 2013  |   By tomysshadow

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    For printing pictures, it was awesome. It allows you to have precise control over margins, how many inches (or centimetres) wide, Landscape, Portrait, automatic scaling of the aspect ratio and even gamma correction. I was having trouble printing images with Windows Live Photo Gallery as my printer seemed to completely ignore how wide and tall I wanted the picture to be.

    Cons

    Can't do much else other softwares cannot.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Serious bug in 4.7"

    March 4, 2013  |   By perspectivesincorporated

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    Nice UI.
    Simple to use.
    Versatile.

    Cons

    Version 4.7 seems to have an issue with resizing. On my computer (Windows 7 32 bit), once you resize a pic and save it, then open that saved pic, it's rotated? Also 4.7 is still plagued with the same issue that 4.6 had...ie...in Windows 7 under options/associations, you can't de-select "show browse with faststone...." and make it stick.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good, but not great"

    February 18, 2013  |   By ludikraut

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    All features worked for me as advertised.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the performance of FSIV when dealing with large folders is unacceptable. Also there was an odd delay every time I closed the program and FSIV does not support being open on multiple desktops simultaneously.

    Summary

    Ended up going to another freeware image viewer/editor (IV), which has none of the aforementioned performance issues.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wecome back!"

    February 13, 2013  |   By rothschild86

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    This has been my go-to image viewer and editor for years. Great to see the author back after a hear and a half of silence!!

    Cons

    Nothing glaring. The one bug that gets me again and again: F2 -> Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V combo not working in the Tree View Pane (still exists in 4.7)

    Summary

    Well worth a donation!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Decent photoviewer - but slow viewing large folders"

    February 12, 2013  |   By chrisjw37

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    Good viewer, can use two screens, one edit, one view.
    Good for tutorials!
    Very good batgh re-namer for files, why have them called 'DSC1099.jpg' when they could be called
    'Aunt Sallys party-001.jpg'

    Simple basic correction tools, but a cluttered interface may freak out noobies.

    NO need its simple people.
    Just don't use the extra buttons if you don't need them, et Voila!

    Cons

    Scans on big folders seize up the PC.
    For this reason and this alone - I use IrfanView for viewing big folders - that does not freeze. I suspect its the icon cache building thereof that kills it.

    Manual slide-show - stops dead unless the cache has been loaded!
    The wait for this is interminable.

    Summary

    Looks good, nice windowed interface. conventional windows look to it. Good bulk re-namer for file names.
    Good photo viewer, great for working with two monitors (yes I do) and displays images very well indeed.

    Terrible slowdown if you try to read a big photo folder

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Swiss Army knife."

    February 10, 2013  |   By ddement

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    It does something about everything a photographer working on post-processing and output will need. Instant view of photos, even looking into the camera card and getting a preview of RAW files (which Win Exp won't do). A quick program to scan with and instant view and store results. Direct view of the Win Explorer tree without translations that confuse. Great quick slide shows. Can put attractive frames on photos. And much more.

    Cons

    There's no search engine, and therefore no rating system or keywording. Any such work can only be done in an on/off way.

    Summary

    A must-have for serious users of Lightroom, to view RAW files and get a list of filenames, etc. And it's fast.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Versitile Photo handling Software"

    February 7, 2013  |   By rruppel

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    FastStone Image Viewer does pretty much whatever you could want to modify/re-work a photograph. It's vast capabilities make the controls you really want hard to find.
    It is very fast opening my picture folders.

    Cons

    The actions you want may be hard to find amoung all the brush... I mostly use "Resize/Resample" and "Color/Contrast/shadow" controls.

    Summary

    I have never found a better piece of software for handling my folders of photographs. The one I used for years by Photodex does not support Win7 so I had to look elsewear.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good program"

    February 7, 2013  |   By srt800

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    Easy to use Intuitive after some getting use to.

    Cons

    A quick user guide would be great

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great program"

    February 7, 2013  |   By joyousgreetings

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    It's a great program to cull thru the initial downloads

    Cons

    Have to figure out the straightening part.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love it!!"

    February 6, 2013  |   By pat1932

    Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.7

    Pros

    That you can view edits as you make them. That you can change sizes of almost all the tools just by scrolling. That you can undo anything at anytime. I have Photo Shop Elements 2 & 8 and Paint Shop Photo Pro X3 which are only used occasionally for something that FS Image View doesn't have. e.g. Dodging, Burning, Smudging and Skewing.

    Cons

    No dodging, burning, smudging or skewing. Also would like to change sizes by percentage as a default rather than pixels.

    Summary

    The Fast Stone personnel really do deserve to receive donations for their Free products! e.g. Fast Stone Capture (use almost daily); Fast Stone Resizer; and their Fast Stone Image Viewer (I think Editor would be a better name than Viewer). I recommend it to any photographer that does his own work and wants to get the best picture, originally, or thru manipulation. I have not had this version long enough to note what's new, except for some icons.

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