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[info] The Best _free_ Image Viewer ... +freeware

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IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.

It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.

IrfanView was the first Windows graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple (animated) GIF support.
One of the first graphic viewers WORLDWIDE with Multipage TIF support.
The first graphic viewer WORLDWIDE with Multiple ICO support.

Some IrfanView features:

* Many supported file formats (click here the list of formats)
* Multi language support
* Thumbnail/preview option
* Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
* Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
* Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
* Drag & drop support
* Fast directory view (moving through directory)
* Batch conversion (with image processing)
* Multipage TIF editing
* Email option
* Multimedia player
* Print option
* Change color depth
* Scan (batch scan) support
* Cut/crop
* IPTC editing
* Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
* Capturing
* Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
* Lossless JPG rotation
* Many hotkeys
* Many command line options
* Many PlugIns
* Only one EXE-File, no DLLs, no Shareware messages like "I Agree" or "Evaluation expired"
* No registry changes without user action/permission!
* and many more

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Rowita has hit the nail on the head folks... this program is on my thumbdrive wherever I go :D

The things that make so awesome for me are:

It's a very small program

It opens pretty much any image format

It's free!

You can run it without installing it (handy for use on other people's computers)

It has tons of keyboard shortcuts for advanced usage

It can acquire images from a TWAIN scanner... so no more funky scanning interfaces (yay!)

This is one of my must-have softwares. Thanks for mentioning it Rowita :)

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same here, i have it on a burned cd I give to family everytime a new family meber buys a computer. But what I like is the different textures you can put on the picutres. They may be simple, they are fun you can make a lot of cool effects :)

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I prefer XnView cause it supports most if not all file extensions so it can view any image you have with any format .. and you can use it to convert between the formats too + it's free

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