FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8
  • Total Downloads:
    12,149,709
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 07, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    27,077
  • 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

    4.8

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star 21
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • 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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5 stars

"Excellent product. Very powerful and easy to use."

October 30, 2013  |  By Melcoxx

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

FREE!!!!!
Great flexibility and function.

Cons

There are no cons.

Summary

Great product, east to use, very powerful.

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4 stars

"Great program, but no Unicode support"

October 22, 2013  |  By vittorio2112

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

Lots of features, hotkeys, easy handling.

Cons

No Unicode support. You can't open files with Unicode characters in their names, so you have to rename them.

Summary

Great piece of software, but the lack of Unicode support makes it a little inconvenient. I tried to contact the developers several times, I just wish they answered.

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5 stars

"I downloaded this for file conversion, super fast"

September 28, 2013  |  By rpg01450

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

super fast conversion,

Cons

none that I know

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5 stars

"Very fast and stable program for managing graphics."

September 23, 2013  |  By Jockster_CNET

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

FastStone Viewer loads very quickly. To me the killer feature is the ability to tag graphics with a single keyboard click, and then select all tagged graphics for further processing. Unbeatable if you have to pick out a few graphics that match certain criteria among thousands.

I also find the menus that pop up on all sides in full screen mode is an innovative take on things. It is very handy if you find it hard to remember keyboard shortcuts for this feature-packed package.

Cons

Wish it were freeware.

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5 stars

"Pro-Quality Image Handling"

August 09, 2013  |  By Liptonius

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

Versatility, quality, the range of options is nothing short of astounding, customizable to a near-ridiculous degree (I like things MY way, donchaknow?), and an amazingly friendly company to deal with!

Cons

A bit more complicated than base-level photoviewers, but poking through the options and playing with the functions is amazingly easy, and you will find your 'path' to the things you need in short order!

Summary

Some very, very, smart people have worked up a superior piece of software. If you feel you need more power, you are probably a candidate for PhotoShop training and the attendant expense.

I have, and use PS in my profession as a TV Producer/Director, and find that 80% of the things I need are easily, quickly, and competently handled by FastStone.

And, yes, I did donate! Thanks, FastStone!

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5 stars

"Using it for years. Still discovering cool features."

July 17, 2013  |  By gbenzon

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

I use Faststone Image Viewer constantly. Have for years. It is one of the few freeware programs that was so good I sent the author money anyway. The ability to reach all of the most commonly used functions while in full-screen mode is great. Batch convert and batch rename are indispensable.

It doesn't replace Lightroom, but neither does it have the steep learning curve. It's excellent for most people.

Cons

Some RAW files, particularly from some Sony cameras, don't seem to report to correct resolution.

Summary

My favorite program of any type.

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5 stars

"The best there is."

July 08, 2013  |  By Adi-Nugroho

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

Easy navigation, Complete tools, Fast, Stable, Not annoyying, incredibly free.

Cons

Nothing till now

Summary

Irfan view, ACD see? what else? this is better that those. That's it.

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5 stars

"Superb Free Photo Viewer"

June 30, 2013  |  By RafiYasin

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

Everything

Cons

None I found but wish there'd be a cooler background viewer like in picasa.

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5 stars

"Over all great program I rely on as a basic"

June 16, 2013  |  By boozekat

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

Very simple to use

Cons

Problem with the scanning function

Summary

Although the scanning feature misfires, eventually it will work, and it is my one of main programs...its a keeper/must have for me.

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5 stars

"I really like it"

June 10, 2013  |  By rmmccoy

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 4.8

Pros

It has a lot of options that I haven't explored so someone else could get even more out of the program.

Cons

I think some of the editing options are lacking. There have been times that I would switch to MSPaint for some tasks.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.8
Version 4.8 added a Minimize button (hidden at the top-right corner of the screen) to full screen mode. Added two Mouse Click options to use left/right clicks for previous/next images. Improved the Draw Board to draw curved lines. Improved the Print dialog.
General
Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site http://www.faststone.org
Release Date April 04, 2013
Date Added April 07, 2013
Version 4.8
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 98, Windows Server 2008, Windows Me, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP
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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