FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 1670 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    11,896,776
  • Date Added:
    March 02, 2014
  • File Size:
    5.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    32,570
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

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 4 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
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    4.6

    out of 1670 votes

    • 5 star 1167
    • 4 star 374
    • 3 star 70
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 35
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5 stars

"Intuitive interface"

October 22, 2014  |  By ColumbusBanco

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

None that I can see.

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5 stars

"Really happy with this program."

October 22, 2014  |  By KenworthyLeete

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

Been using for long time now and no trouble at all.

Cons

It has never let me down.

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5 stars

"Helpful and easy to use!!"

October 13, 2014  |  By LegrandFillion

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

Excellent product , even dummies like me can use it.

Cons

It is completely up to my expectation

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5 stars

"I enjoyed using this program."

October 12, 2014  |  By IamsPiech

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

It's just great. Super easy to operate and understand.

Cons

None that I found

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5 stars

"Excellent, but slightly limited."

October 10, 2014  |  By camacree

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

Love this program. It's excellent at some things and very good at others. It's small yet powerful and it's pretty easy to use.

Cons

The downside to being small is that it doesn't have every tool you might want. Occasionally I have to use other programs for perform certain functions.

Summary

Vastly better than default MS Paint. Better than a lot of larger alternative programs. Free. Small. Powerful. Reliable. It doesn't have everything but if it did it would be large and unwieldy. Worth having even if you don't alter or enlarge images more than once in a blue moon.
Strongly recommended. 23½ out of 25.

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5 stars

"Quick and easy download, easy to use."

October 09, 2014  |  By MarkusMarte

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

Quick and easy download, easy to use.

Cons

No cons, quite happy with it.

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5 stars

"Better than a "store bought" graphic utility!"

October 09, 2014  |  By cookiejones

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

Batch processing and batch renaming is superb
It doesn't want to take over for you
Very straight forward to learn

Cons

can't find any for this level of program

Summary

I teach computer skills to adults & have been recommending this program for several years. I think I have, over the years, used "them all" but still come back to this one.

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5 stars

"Intuitive interface"

October 08, 2014  |  By LedyardHeffelfinger

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

Nothing, its a great program!

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5 stars

"Very fast, powerful and stable"

October 08, 2014  |  By JohnEastMan

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

Have been using this for 10 years almost every day. It just keeps getting better without becoming bloatware!!! The single-click magnifier is very handy. The batch resizer is a lifesaver. Cannot do without it.

Cons

Auto color adjustment needs improvement.

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1 stars

"Freezes my computer!!"

October 08, 2014  |  By Craig823

 |  Version: FastStone Image Viewer 5.2

Pros

NONE....can't get it to install

Cons

Every time I try to install, my computer freezes. I have to reboot. Stay away!!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0
Version 5.0: 1) Added option "Crop to Fit Full Screen" to the Slide Show tool. 2) Added larger thumbnail size (260 x 195 pixels) to the "Thumbnail" tab in the Settings (press F12). 3) Added shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+A) for "Auto-Rotate based on EXIF Orientation Tag". 4) Now it is possible to use the option "Do not resize if image is already smaller than requested size" when batch-resizing images based on one side. 5) Now you can tag or untag images even when the magnifier is activated.
General
Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site http://www.faststone.org
Release Date March 02, 2014
Date Added March 02, 2014
Version 5.0
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 98, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.54MB
File Name FSViewerSetup52.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,896,776
Downloads Last Week 32,570
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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