WildBit Viewer offers users the ability to view, edit, and design slideshows with their pictures. With simple commands and fantastic results, photo lovers will find a lot to enjoy here.
We immediately felt that even novice computer users could navigate this program with its clearly labeled and intuitive layout; we didn't even need to visit the Help file to get started. Through an onscreen file tree we were immediately given the opportunity to view our photo folders as either an entire collection of thumbnails or a single large shot at a time. This was helpful for searching large folders. We found commands for tilting images, zooming, and renaming shots to be simple to operate and similar to many other photo-viewing software programs we've tested. The slideshow options were also nothing we hadn't seen in many other programs, with blown-up shots and smooth cycling through images. We also discovered that the program offers a simple picture editor as an added feature and saved us a step from having to use an outside program to apply filters or add text to a shot. The overall package worked well, but didn't break any new ground with image viewers.
Wildbit is a freeware program. We recommend this program, as it provided us with familiar options and simple control over our images and slideshows.
From Marko Hietanen:
WildBit Viewer is compact & fast image viewer with slide show and editor. Eye catching interface within blazing fast folder, file list and thumbnail viewer. Viewer includes also Image Info with Image EXIF meta data JPEG and TIFF support and IPTC (IIMV4) information (like PhotoShop file info) from JPEG and TIFF, Thumbview has changeable views, sorting and thumbnail predefined sizes for fast thumbnail size setting. Viewer also includes shell toolbar, you can drop your favorite folder there and use it as an organizer. It also includes image compare. In Compare you can compare images side-by-side. In Favorites you can save list of favorite images and load list later on and you can create custom show in to Slide Show also that list you can edit with Custom Show List Editor. With Slide Show you can view images within 176 different transition effects. Slide Show includes now multi-monitor support for fast switching between two monitors. WildBit Viewer supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF and TGA (over 70 formats).
What's new in this version:
Version 6.3 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Takes forever to load the 1st image. Once the image is up, scrolling other images is fast. Deleting an image is slow and multiple deletes will lock up my computer. The slide show works for a few images and then freezes.
Probably works better with a faster computer and lots of RAM but a failure on my modest laptop CPU.
Reasonably snappy performance. "Shuffle" has memory; going backwards really will show the image that was just up. Marking specific photos during slideshow is a useful feature; which there were multiple marks, which would make keywording images much easier.
No helpful thumbnail viewer for selecting a subset of images. Auto-advance only supports integer seconds; I should be able to specify "advance to the next image after 2.5 seconds".
First of all: thanks for the helpful review :) Q: No helpful thumbnail viewer for selecting a subset of images. A: You need to use Viewer for selecting images from thumbnails and send ready made list to Slide Show.
Q: Auto-advance only supports integer seconds; I should be able to specify "advance to the next image after 2.5 seconds". A: Thanks for the idea.
There's no "clean" full screen presentation. No easy way to quickly flip through images. Not much in the way of useful options. Fixed zoom ratio makes mousewheel zooming useless. All around just poorly made. Even the installer is a mess.
5 stars my butt... Get Irfanview or Faststone... They both leave this archaic mess in the dust.
PS. Has anyone found a image viewer that allows you to change resolution in full screen?
Q:There's no "clean" full screen presentation. A:In Short, You can view images one by one with Viewer or with Slide Show (automatically or manually) with/without transition effects. With Viewer or Slide Show can view images in Full Screen.
Q:No easy way to quickly flip through images. A:In Viewer just use up/down keys to go prev/next image. Or in Slide Show just click image image to go next image.
Q:Not much in the way of useful options. A:I can always add options. If you let me know what options you need.
If you point to a folder that has a lot of subfolders and click on Slideshow and random, it will give you a random slideshow through *all* of the subfolders. This is the only viewer I know that can do this.
The interface is clunky and not particularly intuitive.
Didn't waste time finding any pros since the cons were immediately apparent and made it clear I could never use this program.
Incredibly small amount of configuration settings Can't scroll other than by dragging the scroll bars (who does that?) Can't paste a copied selection from one image into another in any useful way.
The scroll wheel on my mouse controls the zoom, while I'd rather it move the image up and down (scroll). Should be a setting for this, in case anyone actually wants to use it for zooming (if the programmers knew what they were doing, they'd make it zoom when the control or shift key was held down, which is what I'm pretty sure Photoshop does).
If you have two images open, and you select a small square in one image and copy it, you should be able to switch to the other image and paste that square into the image, and then be able to drag it around to place it wherever you want. However, when you paste it into the other image, the copied square gets pasted into the center, but the entre image around it gets erased. WEAK. You can draw a square in the second image, and then when you paste it will just fill up the square, but then it'll be resized and the proportions are likely to be off, unless you somehow figure out how to draw a square of the exact pixel dimensions that the selection was. Crazy.
One of the most common things I use an image utility like this for is to save screen captures, many of which are of web pages (like receipts) or diagrams (for work) that take up more than one screen. I need to be able to create a big blank image, paste the screen shot into it and scroll down and paste the next screen shot into the same image. No way to do that with this program, as far as I can tell.
Plus, the inability to scroll with the arrow keys, page up/down keys, or scroll wheel is ridiculous.
From a programming perspective, I don't know if layers support is required to do what I want. I definitely don't need layers like Photoshop offers, where I can select one thing that was pasted on top of another image and move it around while the bottom image remains untouched. I just want to be able to paste something in, drag it to where I want it to go, and have it replace what it's covering in the original image.
PolyView does exactly what I'm talking about, with the "Paste Into Image" option (shift+ctrl+v). Once the pasted image is set down it becomes part of the (seemingly single layer) image. It can't be moved again and have the original image retained, which is a feature I wouldn't expect from a free image utility.
If I click the left mouse button and hold it down while dragging, an area selection is made. I'm guessing I'd have to change the "tool" I'm using from something like "select" to "drag", and having to change back and forth between the two would be incredibly annoying. There's no reason I can see for not at least having the arrow keys and page up/down keys work.
Q:Can't scroll other than by dragging the scroll bars (who does that?) A:Have you tried scrolling: click&keep left mouse button down and drag. Also this works while you are zooming with left mouse button.
About the paste issue ex. layers are not supported yet.