FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 1673 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.7
  • Total Downloads:
    11,941,774
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 29, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    25,151
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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 15 votes

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    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 2
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    4.6

    out of 1673 votes

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

"Best for Printing Pictures"

April 07, 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 stars

"Serious bug in 4.7"

March 04, 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 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 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 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 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 stars

"Versitile Photo handling Software"

February 07, 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 stars

"Good program"

February 07, 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 stars

"great program"

February 07, 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 stars

"I love it!!"

February 06, 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.7
Version 4.7 added Touch Interface support throughout the application and new mouse gesture to move between images: Click at the bottom part of the preview window to switch to the next/preview image.
General
Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site http://www.faststone.org
Release Date January 28, 2013
Date Added January 29, 2013
Version 4.7
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
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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