Freeware Picture Viewers

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On October 2nd, 2003, I asked Infopackets Readers for some Freeware Picture viewers:

Missing Picture Viewer for Windows 98?

I am happy to say that I received many responses. In fact, a great deal of readers highly recommended a program called IrfanView. From the web site:

" IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative freeware (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP. It is ... simple [enough] for beginners, and [yet] powerful [enough] for professionals ... Some IrfanView features: Many supported file formats, Multi language support, Thumbnail/preview option, Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD), Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters, Drag & drop support, Fast directory view (moving through directory), Batch conversion (with image processing), Print option, Change color depth, Cut/crop, Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Filter Factory), Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs, Lossless JPG rotation, Many command line [DOS] options Many PlugIns, Only one EXE-File: no DLLs, no Shareware messages like 'I Agree' or 'Evaluation expired' ... and many more! "

Dan M. recommended Jpegger:

" Hi, Dennis - Although I also use a few others, like Kodak Imaging which came with Win98SE and Microsoft Photo Editor which came with MS Word 2000, my default viewer is the freeware JPegger from One feature that I like is that, if you've selected the 'fit' sizing option, it will automatically resize an image that is too large for the screen to the largest proportional size that will fit on the screen. Cheers, and keep up the good work!"

Side note: I had trouble accessing the main web site, but was able to download the file from Judging by the screenshots, the program looks very good.

Dean M. recommended VJPeg. From the web site:

" ... [View] 'images as objects' so once they're open, you drag them around the screen by clicking and dragging. That's it. If you push them against the top or left edge of the screen, they 'stick' ... resize to stay on the screen ... live zooming ... VJPEG is really small (98K installer), really fast, and you can view big files pretty easily. "

And, Forrest N. recommended ULead PhotoExplorer 6. From the web site:

" Memory Card Detection automatically starts data download when media is inserted ... Save favorite footage from DV camcorders, PC Cameras, WebCams and capture boards ... View and Organize Fast: Vastly enhanced performance makes browsing large collections of image and video files super fast ... Supports the latest EXIF 2.2 Camera Info. Show data such as date, time and shutter speed next to photos ... Share: Print full-sized images, image thumbnails, greeting cards and calendars in various sizes and layouts ... Create slideshows that include photos, video, music, voiceover narration, captions and transition effects ... Burn slideshows to CD for viewing on PCs. Or create Video CD’s (VCD) for TV viewing Export slideshows as Windows screen savers or publish slideshows to Web pages. "

Doug T. recommended Multimedia Explorer and XNView:

" Have more than 10 image files? Want to run slide shows now and then? Or need a way to quickly listen to sound clips or even watch video clips? Need to sort through a lot of files? Moon Software is proud to introduce Multimedia Xplorer -- one single application that solves all those problems and more. With Multimedia Xplorer, browsing & managing your image and multimedia files becomes a snap. Packed with ergonomic features, no matter if you are a beginner or a professional, Multimedia Xplorer will help you. "

" Come to discover XnView, a software to view and convert graphic files, really simple to use! Support of more than 400 graphics formats ... The latest version (1.65) exists for Windows & (1.50) for Linux x86, Linux ppc, FreeBSD x86, OpenBSD x86, NetBSD x86, Solaris sparc, Solaris x86, Irix mips, HP-UX, AIX! "

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