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Capturing, sharing and saving Images are an important part of our lives. We take so many photos, largely because our phones have opened up the opportunity for us to snap away wherever we are with great freedom. While not every photo is worthy of being kept, it is easy to amass a library of hundreds of photos.

We will want to show many of these images to others, perhaps individually, or perhaps in a slideshow -- for example of holiday photos or family day photos. Some will need a touch-up before they can be used perhaps altering their colours, or adding effects, or changing their size, cropping, combining, there are many ways to make different uses of a single image.

IrfanView offers facilities to do all these things in one, small-footprint application. It has a clean and simple user interface so that it's not daunting for beginners, but behind that lies a very powerful and useful application that might not have all the features of a high profile, professional image editing tool, but which does enough to meet many of our needs.

Pros

Easy to apply filters and effects: It is remarkably easy to get quite dramatic results really quickly. A quick menu selection -- no more than a couple of clicks -- allows you to easily play with image colours and apply a wide range of filters and effects.

Slideshow creation: One of the reasons we take photos is to show them to other people. With IrfanView it is easy to combine multiple images into a slideshow that can run completely independently of the application because it is created as an executable file. This means a slideshow can easily be shared with other people, who can enjoy it as a standalone.

Watermarking: You might want to add a watermark to an image to identify a picture as yours in order to stop other people using your photos without your permission, or maybe to theme photos as belonging to a particular set. Adding a watermark is easy. Just define the watermark, and then it can be added time after time after time to any image you select with a couple of clicks.

Many file formats supported: Well over a hundred different graphics file formats are supported, in addition to many video formats. Conversion between different formats is easy and it you can convert either in batches or as single files.

Image creation: There are various ways to create new images such as splitting an image into tiles whose dimensions you set, and combining images to create panoramas. You can write and draw onto images using a simple set of paint tools that comprise various brush, line, shape and fill tools, so that they can be personalised or made specific to a particular use.

Scanning: IrfanView will acquire images direct from your scanner, so there's no need to go through a separate scanning application before you start working on an image.

Go straight to other editors: For those times when IrfanView doesn't offer what is needed you can open an image you are viewing into another image editor from within IrfanView. So it is easy to switch out if you find your creativity is limited by what's on offer here, without wasting any time.

Plugins: New features are relatively easy to add thanks to support for plugins. There are a lot of plugins available, and they allow for some quite specialised features to be added by those who need them, without making everything available to everyone -- which would make the application feel rather bloated. See a full list of current plugins.

Cons

Simple user interface: The simple user interface and rather old-fashioned design be seen as a positive or a negative. It is relatively easy for newcomers to be productive really quickly, and there are no distracting visual aspects to the general look and feel of IrfanView. But on the other hand some will think the look is very old fashioned.

Bottom line

IrfanView is a well featured image editor, with lots of options, yet they are sensibly arranged and easy to get to at speed. As a result, IrfanView can be used to produce good results really quickly. Plug-ins mean you can add specialist features without the whole application becoming bloated with features many people will never use. The somewhat basic look will put some people off, but don't be swayed. The beauty of this application is under the skin.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.52

  • Improved Paint PlugIn stability
  • Support for DPX and CIN formats (DPX PlugIn, thanks to Patrick A. Palmer)
  • Support for FLIF format (Free Lossless Image Format, PlugIn)
  • Support for HEIF format (with installed HEVC extensions/codec, see Win10)
  • New option in Advanced batch dialog: Set minimal dimensions for resize
  • Option to save settings in Canvas dialog
  • Insert Text dialog: CTRL + click in image adds the text permanently
  • Command line: /filepattern option: accepts multiple extensions ("*.jpg;*.png")
  • Improved support for high DPI displays
  • Improved JPG2000 format loading
  • Several PlugIns are changed/updated, please install the newest versions:

General

Publisher Irfan Skiljan
Publisher web site http://www.irfanview.com
Release Date December 12, 2018
Date Added December 12, 2018
Version 4.52

Category

Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 3.37MB
File Name iview452_x64_setup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 6,637,335
Downloads Last Week 46,883

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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