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Image Eye

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 11 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.1
  • Total Downloads:
    62,526
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 05, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    759.73KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    50
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #27 in Image Viewers

Editors' Review

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It's not uncommon to have to wait for your graphics software to open and load just to look at a picture, but even dedicated viewers like Microsoft's built-in tools have limitations. Image Eye from FMJ is a free image viewer that doesn't pretend to be Son of Photoshop. Speed is its advantage; it opens high-quality, nondestructive, nonaltering, individual views of nearly 30 digital image types in what we can only describe as "lickety-split." For viewing images, it's all you need.

Image Eye is a compact, zipped download that offers the option to associate it with supported file types when you install it. The program's tiny, ultra-efficient interface is basically just a file selection dialog with some useful extras. At the top is a drop-down list of recently accessed files, and below that a browsing field with the typical Windows up level, new folder, and folder view icons. Below the main window are a file name field and a drop-down list of supported file types, which numbered 29 as of our testing. Other than buttons labeled View, Cancel, and Help, there's just the Index button, but it's our favorite; pressing it opens a semitransparent window displaying thumbnails of all the images in a given folder. We selected a half a dozen images to open and clicked View. The images opened virtually instantaneously and simultaneously in individual, draggable windows that were borderless until we placed the cursor over them, at which point they showed a standard Windows frame. Right-clicking a thumbnail or open image view called up a fairly extensive menu, including view, icon, and copy options and a slideshow feature. Though the program makes a virtue of simplicity, the menus for open images nevertheless included an Adjust Image tool with a full complement of sliders for adjusting contrast, brightness, saturation, and more. A tabbed Options dialog offered settings related to how Image Eye opens and behaves as well as other housekeeping.

Image Eye is probably the fastest image viewer we've yet tested, even with large digital snapshots. Take our advice: make it your default image viewer when you install it. It'll save time over opening your big-box graphics package just to see a picture, and its compact size mean it's no problem to load on start-up.

 
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1 stars

"****, ****, **** !!!"

April 13, 2015  |  By edstak

2015-04-13 21:27:09  |  By edstak

 |  Version: Image Eye 9.0

Pros

NOTHING !!!!!!

Cons

FREEZES COMPUTER WHEN ZOOMING !!!!!!!!

Summary

UNINSTALLED !!!!!

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5 stars

"Exactly what I wanted."

April 01, 2014  |  By darrell_brown

2014-04-01 17:53:29  |  By darrell_brown

 |  Version: Image Eye 9.0

Pros

It will display an image without with visible menus, and if you want without a title bar.
When focus is removed, it will display the image with no border.
If the image has transparent background, once focus is removed, the desktop or underlying windows show through the transparent part, and one can click through it as well.
One can freeze an image to a specific location, with no border, and no background, and it will be there next time you start windows.
In full-screen mode it truly uses all of the screen.
It works with 64-bit Windows.
It builds the index so fast it seems immediate, and the index shows the filenames and the resolutions as well as thumbnail of whatever size you want.
It displays images almost instantly. You can use SHIFT + MOUSE-WHEEL to scroll through the images.
It consumes very little RAM memory and CPU, so you can leave it running without crowding the system.
It has a slideshow mode.
It has the basic image editing tools.

Cons

It will launch from File Explorer if you make the proper settings, but it does not add an entry to the file explorer context menu; I don't need it to.
It does not do all the things that PhotoShop will do, but I have PhotoShop for those things, and I wouldn't want Image Eyeto consume that much memory anyway.
When you first open an image, it is not full screen, but double-clicking on it makes it full screen, and it stays full screen as you scroll through images, until you double-click it again to return to a window view.
Hitting the right or left arrow, as in Windows Photo Viewer, rotates the image rather than advancing it; one must remember to use PageUp/PageDown or SHIFT + WHEEL; but in slideshow mode the arrows advance or reverse the show.
Unlike Windows Photo Viewer and File Explorer, there is no option to open the image in an editor of one's choice, like PhotoShop.

Summary

Basically, the cons are trivial, whereas Image Eye does several tasks that other viewers don't do or don't do as well. So Image Eye is exactly what I wanted for those tasks. For other tasks I can use File Explorer, Windows Photo Viewer, and PhotoShop. (Actually I'm not sure when I would need Windows Photo Viewer.)

One task I wanted was to pin an image of my wife in the corner of the screen (actually a second monitor). If I used Windows Photo Viewer, then it had a menu and border, with no transparency and no click-through. In addition, when I opened other images using Windows Photo Viewer, they opened in the same corner window, over my wife's image. And if I chose to close all the Viewer images, my wife's image closed as well. Image Eye let me freeze her image to the monitor, with a transparent click-through background and no borders or menu. And when I restart the computer, it is already there. Wonderful!

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2 stars

"Forces you to click around too much"

July 05, 2013  |  By Amarinth

2013-07-05 12:59:38  |  By Amarinth

 |  Version: Image Eye 8.0

Pros

Has the basic functions you'd expect in an image viewer.

Cons

- Limited set of hotkeys forces you to click around to define how you want to view an image (cumbersome).
- Apparently no way to add custom hot keys.
- No persistency, it reverts to default settings when you switch images. E.G. if I specify fit to screen, then the next image won't be fit to screen anymore.
- In full view mode it sometimes displays EXIF data about picture's image editor (an eyesore).
- Couldn't view full size on secondary larger screen, only showed thin bar along left side of the screen (Windows 8 related bug?).

Might be other stuff but I gave up on it at this point.

Summary

What use is fractionally faster image loading if the software slows you down in other ways?

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2 stars

"Cluttered, poorly thought out program."

August 13, 2012  |  By Don_Reba

2012-08-13 17:12:49  |  By Don_Reba

 |  Version: Image Eye 8.0

Pros

Smooth installation.

Cons

Poor built-in folder navigation.
No Explorer integration.
No drag-and-drop support.
No apparent option to view an image full-screen without toolbars.

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5 stars

"Exactly I am looking for."

January 27, 2012  |  By TheRunningRabbit

2012-01-27 10:31:20  |  By TheRunningRabbit

 |  Version: Image Eye 8.0

Pros

Easy to install.
Easy to use.
Really Fast.
No problem with foreign language directory
capable of viewing so many different formats.

Cons

none for a picture viewing software.

Summary

Best picture viewing software ever. I am deleting all my other picture viewing software.
But you do need another software for editing purpose.

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5 stars

"Clean & neat program."

January 22, 2012  |  By knockerccd

2012-01-22 13:00:38  |  By knockerccd

 |  Version: Image Eye 8.0

Pros

What I liked about it most was how you can drag the windows so you can use an onscreen ruler to measure your picture without having to contend with preset picture sizes. Just like the c-net reviewer said this program is very quick and clean.

Cons

For a picture viewer none.

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2 stars

"No Print Option? Really??"

January 13, 2012  |  By JeffDenver

2012-01-13 10:50:10  |  By JeffDenver

 |  Version: Image Eye 8.0

Pros

It is fast. It has an options menu. It supports lots of file formats.

Cons

No option to print anything.

Summary

Pretty much useless to me. The generic Windows viewer does just as much and allows me to print.

Updated on Jan 13, 2012

WARNING - This program does not appear in the Programs control panel. It did not allow me to uninstall.

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4 stars

"No key config?"

January 12, 2012  |  By Asimov123

2012-01-12 20:29:41  |  By Asimov123

 |  Version: Image Eye 8.0

Pros

The simple, minimalistic image viewer I've been looking for
You can hide the title bar/window frame, showing literally only the picture
Plays GIFs

Cons

No key configuration (and no navigating via the arrow keys)

Summary

It would be pretty much perfect if you could customize the key layout.

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2 stars

"Basic program"

August 02, 2011  |  By jbofme

2011-08-02 13:38:37  |  By jbofme

 |  Version: Image Eye 8.0

Pros

small size

Cons

Froze computer several times.

Summary

This program maybe okay for some but not worth much to me. Had to delete.

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4 stars

"Great for simple image viewing"

September 06, 2010  |  By Tukaro

2010-09-06 10:19:12  |  By Tukaro

 |  Version: Image Eye 8.0

Pros

Minimal interface lets you use the most of your screen, quickly loads images. Plays animated GIFs (which already makes it superior to Microsoft's own image viewer.)

Cons

Animated GIFs have this weird flash between frames, but are still viewable. Would have been better to use the native Windows file selector instead of its own somewhat-clunky version (with very blah repeating background).

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.1
New in v9.1: Now Open Source, 40% faster jpeg-decoding, auto-background color option, and more.
General
Publisher FMJ-Software
Publisher web site http://www.fmjsoft.com/
Release Date November 01, 2015
Date Added November 05, 2015
Version 9.1
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Image Viewers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 759.73KB
File Name ieye91x64.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 62,526
Downloads Last Week 50
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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