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IrfanView

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IrfanView is one of the longest-serving and most popular freeware image editors available. Fast, compact, and flexible, IrfanView is also packed with features and extras, including TWAIN support, frames and borders, and slideshows, wallpaper, and screenshots. IrfanView plays music and videos, too; in fact, it's long been prized for its ability to open a huge range of files. It's also widely customizable, with lots of options.

IrfanView's setup wizard is one of the most comprehensive we've seen, with many options to set, such as which file types you want the program to open. When you install IrfanView, it places two shortcuts on the desktop: one to open the program and another, IrfanView Thumbnails, that accesses a file-browsing tool with an Explorer-style tree view. IrfanView's main interface is just a plain empty window with a toolbar, but don't be fooled: whether you open an image directly in the main window or click an image in IrfanView Thumbnails to open it in a new window, the program's menus offer plenty of choices. The options menu addresses everything from how IrfanView looks to languages, plug-ins, and file associations, in case you want to change the settings you made when setting up the program. We clicked a few thumbnails and opened some images, which IrfanView quickly resized, converted, cropped, and flipped. We could also correct color, remove red-eye, sharpen images, and create negatives. One especially useful feature is IrfanView's lossless JPEG rotator. Many users are unaware that simply rotating a JPEG can reduce its quality, but a lossless rotator can reorient your images without changing the file's quality. Another neat extra creates panoramic images with the help of a simple wizard. Speaking of Help, IrfanView offers all any user could want, with a full manual as well as FAQs, a list of keyboard shortcuts, and online resources.

Fast and capable, this lightweight app is perfect for most jobs, and most users, too. With so many free graphics apps to choose from, you have plenty of options if you have special needs. We can't think of a better go-to image tool to start with than IrfanView.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 3,496 votes

    • 5 star: 1953
    • 4 star: 1030
    • 3 star: 293
    • 2 star: 95
    • 1 star: 125
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star: 25
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "#1 w/ me for over as decade"

    April 13, 2014  |   By el_cabong

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    Does everything I need to do

    Cons

    no cons to speak of

    Summary

    I've tried others but always come back to Irfanview

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Quick and Easy"

    April 13, 2014  |   By Tasiturn

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    * An excellent basic viewer.
    * Excellent text insertion facility with great variety of fonts and colours.

    Cons

    * Photo rotation edits are not saved when image is saved.
    * Many basic options (eg. background slideshow music & OCR)require plug-ins.

    Summary

    Excellent for quick, uncluttered viewing of images & ideal for default .jpg file association. Text insertion is superior to other packages. Further slideshow development, including chapters, transitions, pan & zoom, background music and ability to sync slideshow length to background music would make IrfanView very attractive compared with anything commercially available.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "acceptable application"

    April 11, 2014  |   By syywsAlexander

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    One of the best. Easy and Fast.Simple programme.. Period.

    Cons

    Absolutely none. No cons sorry...

    Summary

    Really good.My favorite program together with **********. , Don't take my word. See for yourself...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I would expect this version to be good"

    April 10, 2014  |   By barneyseeger

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    This free photo and image editor can be used for a quick fix to crop a photo and improve dark or washed out photos, etc.

    Also, it includes dozens of other features too numerous to mention.

    Cons

    There are many tutorials and FAQs to help you at the Irfanview website.

    Summary

    The program plus the Plug-ins add-on (install this after you install the basic Irfanview) are fairly small downloads and don't take much space on your computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it is sub par to purchased software"

    April 9, 2014  |   By hoyt_arden

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    Using it since its inception that must have been a hundred years ago, this nifty little helper is the image editors' first choice on the go.

    Cons

    Usually when something is called 'free', it is sub par to purchased software. Not in the case of IrfanView.

    Summary

    More complex operations are done with 'graphic converter' and when that doesn't suffice, photoshop.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Hard to use on Macs"

    April 9, 2014  |   By rws2011

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    Never found out

    Cons

    Setting up on my Imac was so complicated(Wine Bottler, etc),
    I finally gave up.

    Summary

    If Irfan has the time, a Mac version would be much appreciated.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is sub par to purchased software"

    April 9, 2014  |   By norahyerkes

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    Usually when something is called 'free', it is sub par to purchased software. Not in the case of IrfanView. Using it since its inception that must have been a hundred years ago, this nifty little helper is the image editors' first choice on the go. More complex operations are done with 'graphic converter' and when that doesn't suffice, photoshop.

    Cons

    Using separate platforms, IrfanView helps me out on the doze/laptop.

    Summary

    The perfect screen capturing tool as well. Highly recommended to everyone that doesn't want to pay top dollars for name brand alternatives.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great - no problems that I can tell"

    March 25, 2014  |   By wfwardiii

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    Free, allows you to view just about any type of video or graphic file that I know of. I have not ever tried to look at a graphic that wouldn't load.

    Slide show feature works better than the windows slide show feature.

    Slide show will use either screen (windows extended desktop) and this is better than the windows preview slide show software.

    User interface is pretty intuitive (at least from my my perspective)

    Cons

    None that I know about

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Versatile; can handle any file type you throw at it."

    March 23, 2014  |   By kentlee7

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    Lightweight, simple to use, very good functionality. Can easily handle and convert many different file types.

    Cons

    Some might find the editing features limited, as it is mainly intended for basic editing and conversion. If you want more, try GIMP. The program icons (e.g., desktop shortcut icon) are a bit cheesy.

    Summary

    The program hasn't changed much over the years, in terms of interface or features. So while it hasn't added a great deal of features over the years, as a light-weight basic graphics app, its functionality is great, it works well for what it's designed for, and it's user-friendly as ever.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Waste of time"

    March 22, 2014  |   By Quolen4

    Version: IrfanView 4.37

    Pros

    Loads ok. That's about it

    Cons

    none. Just don't do much on the editing side.

    Summary

    For a quick free photo viewer/editor with more editing options your much better off with Faststone image viewer. I use Photoshop CS6 for major fixes and Faststone for quick fixes. The viewer is brilliant.

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