We will discuss one of my favorites, Irfanview. Since 2003, IRFANVIEW HAS HAD OVER 1 MILLION DOWNLOADS EVERY MONTH !!!
It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.
IrfanView is trying to create new and/or interesting features in its own way, unlike some other graphic viewers, whose whole "creativity" is based on feature cloning, stealing of ideas and whole dialogs from ACDSee and/or IrfanView! (for example: XnView has been stealing/cloning features and whole dialogs from IrfanView, for 8+ years).
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
- Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
- Toolbar skins 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
- Fast directory view (moving through directory)
- Batch conversion (with image processing)
- Multipage TIF editing
- File search
- Email option
- Multimedia player
- Print option
- Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF
- Change color depth
- Scan (batch scan) support
- IPTC editing
- Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
- Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
- Lossless JPG rotation
- Unicode support
- 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 much much more"
IrfanView video tutorial. If you're just starting out or you're still saving for the pricey juggernaut, Adobe Photoshop CS3, there's a freeware application that will do the job until you can make the jump to the professional software. Introduction to IrfanView, setting up your preferences, information pane and histogram.
Irfanview Tutorial One
Irfanview Video Two
Irfanview Video Three
Irfanview Video Four - Another Resizing Video
Video Five - Resizing Photos for the Web You will be taken to Youtube.com where you may become a free member and save various helpful videos to your "Channel" as it is called. Then you can always go back and view whichever ones you want some other time.
I recommend becoming a free member.
Video Six - Cropping and Resizing
MANY MORE SIMILAR VIDEOS AVAILABLE THROUGH MY YOUTUBE PLAYLIST