IrfanView

A newer version of IrfanView is available.

Or, Learn More About IrfanView
CNET Editors' Rating 5.0 stars

Spectacular

Average User Rating stars

out of 3,526 user reviews

Back to product review

Full user review

  • 5.0 stars

    "Best free viewer for images, thumbs and slideshows."

    December 20, 2010  |   By PittsburghVince

    Pros

    IrfanViewer displays any directory as thumbnails, or loads any combination of files into a slideshow. Slideshows may be saved and reloaded from .TXT, .EXE or .SCR files. Thumbs, fullscreen display and image manipulation options are many and easy.

    Cons

    The terminally unsatisfied might find cons. Well, imported animated GIFs won't paste into the viewer moving, so save them first. When opened, they will move and you can do things like Options=>Extract All Frames (IrfanView options are dynamic).

    Summary

    I've been a user for 11 years! With a great selection of display, sort and description line options for single view, thumbs and slideshows, it's worth a try. Can remember your position in interrupted shows. Thumbnails setup is from a tree that displays even the Temporary Internet Files subdirectories and other concealed directories. Moving and copying selections from Thumbnails to preselected directories is somewhat awkwardly done but easy to learn.

    Choice of multiple external viewers are optional from Main and Thumbnails modes. Cutting, cropping and maximizing images to screen are easy. Easily dispatches unwanted solid-color margins with "Auto crop borders." Can maximize a pic to six different screen ratios/orientations with auto cropping. In main viewer, many pic adjustments and effects are available, plus more with the plugins.

    If you can't let go of your finished image, splash it to Wallpaper, centered, tiled, stretched or stretched in proportion. Or save your favorite slideshow as a screen saver, but without music looped from an MP3 file that you can have otherwise.

    I wish picture overlays and inserts were possible, even transparency, not just the vertical and horizontal merges ("Panorama"), but I rarely have to copy an image into MS Paint.

    IrfanView has its own media player plugin, and can do videos within its slideshows. It has many advanced capabilities I haven't used even after all these years, such as lossless JPG rotation, batch conversion and renaming, optical character recognition (OCR), and creating multipage images or contact sheets.

    Just try it, and if you don't love it, you'll already have your money back, because it's free!

    Updated on Dec 20, 2010

    Minor correction: slideshows can be saved and played from .EXE and .SCR files, but retrieved for editing only from .TXT files.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (7) (0)

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for IrfanView 4.28
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel