Overview: Why Use
Faststone Image Viewer?

(Updated 5/12/2009)

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by Joe Holler

FastStone Image Viewer is similar to Windows Explorer but it is dedicated to images and videos only. It offers a wide arrange of features related to images such as: full screen viewer, converter and editor with an easy to use interface with features that include resizing, renaming, cropping, color adjustments, watermarks and more. It also includes an intuitive full-screen mode that provides quick access to EXIF information and thumbnail browser via hidden toolbars that emerge when you touch the edge of your screen with the mouse. Other features include a high quality magnifier and built-in slideshow with 60+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image frames, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA.

by Wren McMains

I use FastStone Image Viewer to view and organize my images. My favorite FastStone features are:

  1. Full Screen Viewer (Read Description and/or View Video)
  2. Download Photos (because of the rename, filter, and skip features; Read Description and/or View Video)
  3. Crop Board for Quickly Cropping Images (Read Description and/or View Video)
  4. Email Selected Images (Read Description and/or View Video)
  5. Draw Board for Quick Annotations (Read Description and/or View Video)
  6. Batch Convert and Rename (Read Description and/or View Video)
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If you're just getting into digital photography, FastStone is all you need to get started. It has a lot editing features to help you make your images look even better, and it makes it easy to print them or Email to friends. Personally I use Photoshop to edit my images and Qimage to print them. By setting up both Photoshop and Qimage as external programs, when viewing an image in FastStone I can be working on it either of the other programs with the push of a button.

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