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Key Details of IrfanView

  • View and edit most graphics formats simply and quickly
  • Last updated on 10/22/20
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 1 flag on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

sandravogel Feb 4, 2019

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.56

  • Updated Video PlugIn (improved Win10 compatibility, new player for MP3/FLAC)
  • Option to play all audio formats in main window (Properties->Video/Sound)
  • Option to change hotkeys for menus: Right mouse click on menu item
  • New option in Paint dialog: Fill rect/ellipse with transparent color
  • New "Edit->Insert Watermark" option: Use color to highlight an area
  • Option to disable mouse wheel for file browsing (Properties->Browsing)
  • New SVG PlugIn (Thanks to seppesol)
  • New XCF PlugIn (Thanks to Jacek SQ6KBQ)
  • New JPG option: Use QuantSmooth loading (PlugIn, thanks to Ilya Kurdyukov)
  • Option for page/frame filename suffix in Multipage-Extract dialog
  • CTRL + "Save-As" icon on toolbar calls the "Save" menu
  • New option in Advanced batch dialog: Add Border/Frame
  • New option in Insert Text dialog: Settings for Outline-1 effect (Rainbow)
  • New paste option: Change paste counter (Edit->Paste special)
  • New shapes in Hexagon dialog: Ellipse, Cloud; Spiral (thanks to Rod Stephens)
  • New option in Hexagon/Shadow dialog: Background transparency
  • Support for PSB format (Photoshop files)
  • Context menu added to EXIF dialog (Copy only selected lines)
  • New placeholder: $c (Compression text from Image->Info dialog)
  • Program icon updated
  • New Paint dialog icons (Thanks to Michael Grosberg)
  • CLP format moved to FORMATS PlugIn
  • JP2 PlugIn loading bugs fixed (thanks to Phung Duc Luan and Linhlhq)
  • B3D and XCF PlugIn loading bugs fixed (thanks to Zhe Wang)
  • Formats PlugIn bugs fixed (XPM,XBM,CR2,HDR,WBMB,FITS,DDS) (thanks to nhiephon)
  • MNG PlugIn loading bug fixed (thanks to zhazha crack)
  • Several PlugIns are changed/updated, please install the newest versions: https://www.irfanview.com/plugins.htm

General

Release October 22, 2020
Date Added October 22, 2020
Version 4.56

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 86,009,850
Downloads Last Week 1,113
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Developer's Description

IrfanView is a fast and compact image viewer/converter. It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. It supports file formats and features. Features include: multi-language support, Thumbnail option, Painting, slideshow, toolbar skins, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop, IPTC edit, capturing, lossless JPG operations, effects, watermark image option, ICC support, EXE/SCR creating, many hotkeys, command line options and plugins.