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Image Eye

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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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    "Exactly what I wanted."

    April 1, 2014  |   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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