Polyview

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 7 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.46
  • Total Downloads:
    218,359
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 20, 2013
  • Price:
    Free to try; Single user license; $29.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    2.88MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #49 in Image Viewers

Editors' Review

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Polyview is a basic image viewer and editor that lets users organize, edit, and export images. Although it has a few extra features that we liked, overall, the program is not particularly impressive.

The program's interface is basic and not intuitive. A series of tiny buttons across the top of the screen have mouse-over tooltips, while the rest of the program's functions are contained within drop-down menus. It's not immediately obvious how one should get started upon opening the program, but a bit of clicking around reveals the program's features. The program's Explore feature is practically useless; it seems as though it should display thumbnails of images available on the user's computer, but instead displays gray boxes with the file name; this is not helpful and is the program's biggest flaw. The program's built-in Help file is well-written and thorough. The program contains most of the features that you would expect from a basic image editor, including color, contrast, and saturation controls, cropping and rotation tools, scratch removal, and so-on. The program's slideshow feature was nice, although it was not clear how to add music, a feature that the program supposedly offers. We liked the fact that the program allows images to be exported using more than 20 different file types, including the Photoshop PSD format. Overall, the program did not amaze us, but it is not a bad choice for a basic image editing program.

Polyview is free to try. It installs politely and uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Great program for basic image manipulation"

October 12, 2011  |  By Brent212

 |  Version: Polyview 4.44

Pros

Love the shift+ctrl+v function to paste copied image into current image, how the image shows up and then you can move it around to place it in the correct spot. Best slide show I've found. Best image resizing I've found.

Cons

Could have a better interface for stepping through images in a directory. I think the way to do it is shift+page up/down, but it'd be nice, for those less technically inclined, to have some sort of arrow buttons to click on like the Windows Image Preview thing, and/or to let the arrow keys do it. I use IrfanView for this, just because you can use the arrow keys with that.

Summary

It's the only image program I know of that has a slide show feature that can work with a given directory (or set of directories), and if you add images to the directory while the slide show is playing, those images will be displayed in the slide show. Slide show functions on other programs I've used do this stupid initialization thing where all the images get added to some database before the show begins. Pretty ridiculous, when it could simply look at the directory as it goes, like Polyview does.

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5 stars

"The best image program I have ever used."

February 04, 2011  |  By kenny_davis

 |  Version: Polyview 4.42

Pros

Quick and easy to use Quickly size pictures for emails

Cons

Does not have a right click resize as Microsoft Power Toy Did

Summary

PolyView is a fast and powerful image viewer, conversion, and printing utility for Windows. PolyView is designed to be easy and intuitive to use for beginners, but has the advanced image manipulation, printing, and management features needed for dealing with large image collections.
Find out more here - http://polybytes.com/

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5 stars

"An excellent low cost image manager/editor"

December 09, 2010  |  By growver

 |  Version: Polyview 4.41

Pros

Excellent tool quality, e.g. resizing algorithms, etc; easy access to almost all tools; easier to use for many image manipulations than is PhotoShop; great help function; absolutely excellent support form the developer

Cons

Does have just a bit of a learning curve, but is more accessible than PSE and especially Photoshop.

Summary

I've used Polyview for years, and I've used Photoshop and Photoshop Essentials extensively. I think PV is a better tool for many manipulations, and for basic photo management. It doesn't do some of the more advanced manipulations, and does not use the layers metaphor, but provides easy access to many sophisticated sizing, cropping, color adjustment, and other tools. First class. Cheap. Excellent support from the developer. Supports pretty much everyfile type.

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5 stars

"Great Program and it meets all of my needs"

January 26, 2010  |  By SAMBOB1

 |  Version: Polyview 4.40

Pros

It will display a large number of graphic files

Cons

Well it could be free

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4 stars

"Excellent for viewing and managing image collections."

April 06, 2009  |  By ackiss-l

 |  Version: Polyview 4.40

Pros

Excellent for image collections, with thumbnails, image conversion, resizing, batch processing, lossless rotation, slide show, customizeable, good basic editing, many image formats, good support, and much more.

Cons

Not many. One "exports" an edited imaged rather than "saves" it - which struck me as an odd metaphor. This is not an advanced photo editor (though it does all the basic things like redeye reductions and infinitely variable rotation).

Summary

I have used this program almost every day for ten years or more. It is fast, reliable, sensibly designed. This is the only shareware I ever actually bought!

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3 stars

"Large number of graphics formats, lots of technical options, some problems"

February 16, 2005  |  By PicMan

 |  Version: PolyView 4.22

Pros

Can handle a wide variety of raw picture camera formats. Outstanding display of a picture's EXIF information, better than any program except PicViewPlus. There are about 15 transition effects. An audio file can be played with a particular picture.

Cons

Everything seems to be crammed into one window. You can't use thumbnails to select a picture. The zoom center point isn't always where it is expected upon zoom in. EXIF information can't be updated.The only captioning allowed is the picture file name in the lower-right corner of the picture. It can't be resized or repositioned. The Print function doesn't feature much flexibility. The program sometimes seems awkward to use.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Polybytes
Publisher web site http://www.polybytes.com/
Release Date June 20, 2013
Date Added June 20, 2013
Version 4.46
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Image Viewers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 2.88MB
File Name polyview4.46.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 218,359
Downloads Last Week 8
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $29.95

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