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GBIC >> Software Reviews >> Image Viewers
Image Viewers      (July 2007)

Image Viewers are typically used to view images, typically providing a list image thumbnails, from which an image can be selected for viewing. Most viewers include limited image editing capabilities as well.

Not many features are needed for a viewer, where ease of use and speed of image display are the key features.

Review Status:
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following application for your image viewer needs:

  • ACDSee
    ACDSee has undergone many changes over the years, but in its Classic configuration it still is one of the easiest to use image viewers around.

Image Viewer Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from an image viewer.

  1. File association
  2. Multiple layouts
  3. Speed of display
  4. Thumbnails
  5. Explorer style interface
  6. Limited file operations/editing
  7. File conversions
  8. Multiple image formats
  9. SlideShow
  10. Apply to Desktop
  11. Print support
  12. Opening folder options

Candidate Programs
These are the programs included in this review.

FreewareCommercial
  1. 11View
  2. ALSee
  3. Viewer n5
  4. EXIF Image Viewer
  5. FastStone Image Viewer
  6. FineView
  7. FocusViewer
  8. ForceVision
  9. Free Image VIewer
  10. Fresh View
  11. iBrowser
  12. iFun Viewer
  13. Image Browser Arctic
  14. Image Viewer Arttic
  15. IrfanView
  16. MyViewPad
  17. nikvue.net
  18. P3dOExplorer
  19. Photo Gadget Viewer
  20. Picassa
  21. PicWalker
  22. PiVi
  23. Quick Image Viewer
  24. SlickView
  25. Vallen Jpegger
  26. WildBit Viewer
  27. XnView
  28. Wega2
  1. ACDSee Photo Manager $40
  2. AD Picture Viewer $30
  3. AhaView $30
  4. AI Picture Explorer $33
  5. Ashampoo Photo Commander $50
  6. Bix Photo Book $25
  7. BreezeBrowser $50
  8. Cam2PC $30
  9. CompuPic Express $25
  10. CompuPic Pro $80
  11. Context ThumbView $20
  12. ClearZoom $20
  13. ContextView Pro $25
  14. CryptaPix $29
  15. Firegraphic XP $50
  16. Graphics Converter Pro $30
  17. HTML-View $15
  18. Image Eye $20
  19. Instant ThumbView $20
  20. LightBox $30
  21. Makaha $20
  22. Media Purveyor $35
  23. MegaView $30
  24. Photo Gadget Pro $15
  25. Photo History Doc $40
  26. PhotoPhilia $40
  27. PicPerk $30
  28. Picture Viewer Max $30
  29. PictureViewer.EXE $35
  30. PicViewer $20
  31. PMView Pro $40
  32. Smart Pix Manager $40
  33. Shell Picture $29
  34. ST Thumbnails Explorer $30
  35. ThumbsPlus Pro $90
  36. Touchpoint Gallery $25
  37. TurboBrowser $70
  38. VaryView $50
  39. Visere $15
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other image viewer programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.