CNET Editors' review
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.
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.
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All versions:3.9 stars
out of 7 votes
Current version:4.0 stars
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"Great program for basic image manipulation"
Version: Polyview 4.44
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.
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.
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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