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Editors' Review

by   / March 19, 2011

FastStone Image Viewer Portable is a full-featured image-handling application that happens to be totally portable and totally free. It's an image file browser, editor, and converter that bundles the most useful editing tools, such as red-eye removal, lossless rotation, resizing, and color adjustment, as well as various effects, text, captions, and frames. It creates self-running slideshows, photo contact sheets, wallpaper, and other displays; downloads digital photos; converts, renames, and changes the attributes of batches of files; changes time stamps; compares images; splits and combines files; captures screen images; e-mails images; and a lot more.

FastStone Image Viewer's fully customizable interface can also be reskinned for a new look. It's packed with controls but it never felt too busy, with colorful, logically grouped icons that displayed labels when we hovered our cursor over them. The program scanned our system and displayed a tree view, from which we selected some folders of images. FastStone populated the main view with thumbnails and opened a preview pane beneath the left-hand navigation tree's panel. We sampled the program's various tools and effects, all of which worked as expected, and then sampled the Create menu, opening the slideshow wizard. Using this, we quickly created a 12MB self-running slideshow out of two folders of images totaling nearly 50MB on the disk, with transition effects, though we skipped the optional music track. We could play the slideshow in a full-screen view that displayed useful information like EXIF data and editing options when we rolled the cursor to the right or left edge of the screen. The Image Strip Builder is an interesting wizard for creating strips of images, such as a filmstrip or an animation sequence. It's easy to overlook the lossless JPEG rotator, but it preserves image quality when you rotate images, something a surprising number of tools can't do.

We were mighty impressed with FastStone Image Viewer Portable as a comprehensive image manager that can go head to head with some expensive competition, but even more that it's totally portable and not too big to fit on a flash drive. It's a keeper.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.4

  • Enhanced the internal Video Player and Scan Tool
  • Used Q as the shortcut key to tag/untag files
  • Used Ctrl+Shift+D as the shortcut key to turn on/off preview on secondary monitor
  • When Startup Folder is set to System Default, you will have an option to auto-clear history of visited folders
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes


Publisher FastStone Soft
Publisher web site
Release Date September 12, 2017
Date Added December 01, 2017
Version 6.4


Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 8.23MB
File Name


Total Downloads 17,082
Downloads Last Week 3


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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