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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Homebrew (Beer Recipe) Software headbrewer

Hi, a while back i created my own beer recipe calculator and have been recently putting some trial recipes through it. It isn't as feature rich as the ones mentioned above but it suits me fine.
Anyway you are welcome to try it, it's totally free and can be found at http://www.brewengine.co.uk

Any constructive comments would also be appreciated.

Thanks

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1 year 41 weeks ago Best Free CD Ripper quick-sand

Fairstars CD Ripper is the only ripper I have tried which totally fails to read the contents of the CD.

Bit of a waste of time really.....

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1 year 41 weeks ago Best Free CD Ripper Ole20Gunnar

I tried Fairstars once. It ignored lots of tags. Never again.

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19 weeks 4 days ago Best Free CD Ripper robbo1802

I would recommend CueRipper. It is an open source alternate to EAC. For most people it will do everything that EAC does but with a much simpler interface. It supports MusicBrainz and freeDB metadata databases, AccurateRip and CTDB.

For those who do not know, AccurateRip and CTDB are online databases that check the integrity of the rips against rips performed by other users. As well, CTDB keeps a recovery record for many ripped disks, this provides a further level of error correction (Reed-Solomon)that allows corrections of small error bursts using a downloaded recovery record - you must use Cuetools to fix the rip - prerequisites apply.

CueRipper is included in the Cuetools download. Cuetools is a powerful little toolbox with IMO a rather confused UI. I used cuetools to convert my 1Tb collection of Apes to Flac while verifying the rips (and correcting some), tagging, integrating Cuesheets, integrating logs, etc - all unattended (okay, I did have to write a batch file to do some work >>;->> ).

Regards,
Bob

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19 weeks 4 days ago Best Free CD Ripper MidnightCowboy

Thank you for the suggestion robbo1802.:)

This review category is currently without an editor. Maybe you fancy taking it over? If so, please contact me by clicking my username. MC - Site Manager.

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34 weeks 3 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Paxmilitaris

The Mozbackup link is invalid.

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34 weeks 3 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird MidnightCowboy

Thank you. The link has now been corrected. MC - Site Manager.

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34 weeks 3 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Paxmilitaris

I tried Mozbackup (portable), but it didn't work with Firefox and Thunderbird portable.

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33 weeks 5 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird jareds

The later versions of tbird do not seem to let you manually copy individual folders used to organize your mail. ie.. recipes or resumes.
I would like to transfer archive files from an older computer and combine with latest backup but when trying to move them they do not show up in tbird after relaunch? Is there any manual individual restore tricks??

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1 year 16 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster aarohik

thanks

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48 weeks 4 days ago How to Make Vista Run Faster RandomTuneObser...

Just a friendly note here...
ReadyBoost doesn't actually create additional RAM (or RAM expansion) on a USB flash drive, at least not what you would consider to be "system RAM". ReadyBoost is mostly a random file caching service. The hard drive still handles most of the sequential access routines and uses it's own hardware cache. If the HDD has a poor cache and/or speed, then ReadyBoost helps to make up the difference. The created cache on the USB flash drive takes up the slack with much of the random call routines. Then, ReadyBoost trains itself during use and prioritizes files which are called upon frequently. The longer you leave the USB flash drive connected, the better the performance will become until it maxes out it's own capabilities. It does help some and it's an okay work around until you find some REAL system RAM to install. Remember, USB flash drives weren't designed to take this kind of abuse. Cheap flash drives might fail before a 10,000 overwrite lifespan. More expensive flash drives barely break-in at 10,000 overwrites and keep on trucking for 10,000 more. You get what you pay for, so you might as well go for an actual system RAM upgrade and ditch ReadyBoost. You can get a quality 4GB upgrade on a 32-bit OS for like $50 these days, if you know where to look. It's the 64-bit users that have to shell out the big bucks for super system RAM, but it's worth it too.

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1 year 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer alexo

Does Zoner 15 have a free version or is it just version 14?

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1 year 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Your question has made me investigate a bit and now my review of Zoner has been updated. Thanks for that.

The previous link to version 14 has disappeared from Zoner's site. Only v.15 is available now and the download link takes you to Cnet, which could try to employ the objectionable methods it's known for lately. I haven't tried it yet and I don't really know whether the free version can be obtained somewhere else. I'll investigate further.

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1 year 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

This is the review of IMGV, one of the free programs suggested by readers here. In this case it was Anupam who put it forward after seeing the promising features described on its website. It's difficult for me to comment on this app because I can see the big effort that has been put into it, but unfortunately the result is disappointing.

First of all, it isn't user-friendly and switching folders is complicated; sooner or later you must use the keyboard and write the letter of the drive where they're located to reach the ones you want, like in the old days of MS DOS. There's a lack of elements such as arrow icons or mouse commands which would greatly improve browsing ease and speed. Mouse operation is confusing because you have to click and then right-click if you want some usual operations to be performed. You can specify the initial folder but just by writing its name to the corresponding option. Zooming is slow and you can't use the mouse wheel for that, just the + and - keys. It takes a long time to load the subfolders and if you have large drives with lots of them, it frequently crashes after a while. New users will need an extra effort to get used to this program because of the uncommon ways to handle normal functions.

So, I'm afraid I can't recommend IMGV in spite of some other good features it offers. Thanks anyway, Anupam.

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1 year 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Anupam

Thanks for checking it out :).

I don't use image viewers, and I didn't even try this one. I just saw it on a download site, and suggested it here, in case it was good.

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1 year 40 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer harish zxc

can anyone tell which software is best for viewing and editing a bunch of image quickly..
i want just highlight or underline sentences in a book and also able to read with good zooming capability..as i have download a BOOK having 450 image...unable to viewing and editing at same having good functional capability..i have tried few recommended product but no is good for both editing and viewing..also want to read screenshot of large web page with zooming plus editing(just highlight and underline is enough)can you recommend any software for doing this job magnificently.

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1 year 40 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer harish zxc

i have download version 14 ..but it is a trial version just 10 days ...i think version 15 is also like that ..not really free

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1 year 40 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

You haven't made it really clear if what you have is an ebook that includes 450 images or if those images are the book itself and each one corresponds to a page.

I can't help you if the first is the case, as I don't know much about ebooks. But in the second case any of the programs in my top five selection should be able to perform the operations you need without too much hassle. Anyway, although these apps aren't optimized for the specific task you require, I don't really understand what you mean by "good functional capability". Just remember that highlighting or underlining sentences typically requires the use of a brush or making a selection of an area and then fill it with your color of choice after setting the opacity for it.

Perhaps FastStone could be the easiest for the task. It has a very good draw board (shortcut D) which includes precisely a highligter line and a highlighter rectangle with lots of options for colors, opacity, etc. Remember to save your changes to the image after you're done, preferably with the 'Save as' command and a new name to keep the original image intact, just in case you want to change your mind about the edits.

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1 year 40 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Both of them can be free. First, activate the trial, then go to 'Help' > 'License' > select 'Free'.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Panzer

"... Picture Information Extractor is an unique picture browser and viewer with exquisite photo metadata and file renaming features ... Use the mouse wheel to zoom into or toggle between pictures, cursor keys or mouse for panning, function keys to display or hide information. One single key or click starts the slideshow or switches to the browser window. No other tool lets you fly through your pictures so pleasingly. Besides, the viewer supports RAW files from almost any digital camera ...":
http://www.picmeta.com/products/picture-information-extractor.htm

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer egadgetguy

RE: FastStone Image Viewer

This program is blacklisted by sophos.

I have used and really preferred FSViewer for a couple of years. The interface and usability are impressive. About two weeks ago it stopped working on my computer at work. Though the error message was vague, it turned out Sophos was blocking it from running.

The error says:
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access this item."

As I said, vague!

I am admin on my PCs, but I don't have control over sophos' settings so I cannot use it at work. I do still use it at home and all of my research shows the file [downloaded from faststone.org] is safe and that this is likely a false positive.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer egadgetguy

As the previous comment said. you have to activate the trial, then change it to free. Though, changing to to free disables some of its best features!

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer harish zxc

Yes your mentioned viewer FastStone works really nice for me.it has really a nice shortcut(the D- shortcut).Also i convert all the image to pdf through PDF-TOOL and open it via pdf x-change.With pdf x-change i can draw shapes with pencil but i cannot highlight .But with fastStone i can highlight pencil and draw lines(shapes) through pencil and through rectangular highlighter i also highlight a paragraph with sentence visible(the section under highlight) or i can make it blur.

You haven't made it really clear if what you have is an ebook that includes 450 images or if those images are the book itself and each one corresponds to a page.(as per your replay)

now i want it make it clear-actually i have 450 image file and each image is a page of book itself.
thanks marcdarkin for your helpful replay.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, harish. I'm glad it helped.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer. PIE is a program I tested a few years ago and it didn't attract me much at that time. Unfortunately, I've lost my notes about it and can't remember exactly why I didn't like it. Anyway, I'll try it again with its latest version but it will have to wait. There are a couple of other programs in my to-do list and they come first. One of them is Photo+, which was suggested by yourself a while back. I wish I had more time!

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

It SURE is a false positive! A program as popular as FastStone would never have managed to be so widely used if the community had been suspicious about security concerns with it.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer zdub

I'm VERY cautious with CNET downloads but I didn't get any sneakware with Zoner 15.

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1 year 34 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer chris.p

IrfanView doesn't work for me on W7 with Online Armor. OA keeps blocking it, as IV requests an autorun every time it starts. There is no option to disable autorun in IV, and you can't allow or trust IV's autorun exe file in OA because for some reason the filename changes when it starts up, from irfanview.exe or whatever to irfanview.exe "%1" whatever that is, so that OA doesn't recognise it.

The end result is it takes 30 seconds to view an image so you might as well be using an Adobe app or something equally clunky.

OK now to find a simple, fast viewer that works with my W7 set-up.

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1 year 34 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer chris.p

Tried Wildbit as it looked the simplest. No go, it can only open the image full screen, or in an editor.

Still trying to find one that works like ACDSee - just opens the image, and nothing else, fast, with no editor, at the exact image size, or at a maximum size of one-third the screen no matter how large the image is, no thumbnails or full screen or editor - just the image.

Guess I must be the only person in the world who just wants to see what the selected image is and nothing else...

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1 year 34 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Anupam

Windows own image viewer works nicely for that I think. If you like ACDSee, then you can try its free version, which they released last year.

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1 year 34 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer chris.p

OK got the free version of ACDSee - thanks Anupam.

Works very well as although it opens with an editor, it's in 'skinny' mode, and you can set the window size to what you prefer; it then opens all images at that size, which is what I need. Also it tags all image files with a filetype icon so you can see which is a jpeg or gif quickly.

Excellent. It's perfect if you just want to open an image fast, and nothing else. Better than Windows pic viewer, one reason being that it gives each file an icon that tells you what it is without close examination.

Also the install and usability are way better than the others I tried - the install is very slick. Important if using Online Armor to block any toolbar installs etc.

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1 year 34 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Anupam

Glad you found something to serve your purpose well :).

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1 year 34 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

I'm as glad as Anupam that you found what you needed. ACDSee Free is in my list of programs to review when I have some time to properly test them, and it's good to know your opinion about it in advance.

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1 year 33 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Continuing with the programs suggested by our readers (Panzer in this case), I've tested Arcsoft Photo+, but the problem is it installs as a trial version for 15 days and I don't know what will happen when it expires. Depending on that, I'll post my impressions or not. Of course, if the app ceases to work after the trial period, no review will be published.

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1 year 33 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Panzer

Although I have found it mentioned as freeware on some pages, it doesn't look that this is a Free/Lite version looking at the official page.

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1 year 32 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer choifamilyipad

What about NexusImage? I've tried the developer's File Manager before but haven't gotten around to trying the viewer yet.

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1 year 31 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks for your suggestion. Nexus looks pretty basic and not very different from others with no special features. I usually prefer programs with a few more functions, but this one seems as simple and slick as to meet the needs of many users, anyway. And if it is as fast as it claims, it might be included in my article. I'll give it a try after the couple of apps that are waiting for my review. Thanks again.

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1 year 31 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Confirmed now: Photo+ isn't freeware. The program ceases to work after the trial period. My review wasn't really positive, anyway. I just can't understand why anyone would pay for an app that offers nothing special, has odd operation for some functions and frequently crashes when accessing certain folders.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Panzer

XnView 2.00 is out.

Added:
* [File]/HiddenDescription added
* Metro toolbar style
Changed:
* EXE are not signed
* OpenJPEG instead of JasPer for JPEG2000
Fixed:
* High DPI support
* Clipboard & 32bits
* PDF viewing
* PDF
* IPTC, tab not correctly restored
* KRO vulnerability
* Dicom
* Print comment, text missing
* Working_* added for OpenWith
* Copy menu in information panel (Properties, exif, iptc, ...)
* SlideShow save as wpl playlist
* APK can be opened
* Better support for windows 8
* Image from capture & photomasque
* 'Add text' in batch convert, black text
* 'convert to colors' not correclty saved
* 'Sort by name' in slideshow dialog
* Secunia SA47352
* Slideshow & watch folder, problem if files are removed
* NConvert: autodeskew
* NConvert: clipboard
* NConvert: Resize by shortest/longest side

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer. The info is now updated in the quick selection guide. The review in my article will be updated soon.

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1 year 27 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Duz

Zoner Photo Studio looks interesting, but it's not freeware. After installing it asks which license I want to activate: paid, or 10-day trial (which can be extended to 30 days). It also requires me to submit my email address before the trial period begins. Uninstalling now.

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1 year 27 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Jojoyee

You might want to compare the versions here Duz.

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1 year 27 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer MidnightCowboy

Please read the comments below for the answer to your query. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 27 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

I guess I'll have to include a note in the product info specifying what to do to get the free version. First, activate the trial, then go to 'Help' > 'License' > select 'Free'.

Many other programs (even paid ones) request an e-mail submission nowadays. I agree it is annoying but that's a minor price you have to pay for good software in this case.

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1 year 25 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

I finally got the time to review ACDSee Free properly and it has now been added to my review. Thanks to those who told me about it when it was released.

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1 year 24 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer George.J

Love FastStone and XnView. Both are amazing graphic viewers.

IrfanView comes next, but it's too simple for my taste. And Zoner, oh my it's such a bloat at a heavy 60MB download..:\

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1 year 22 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer boogiepop

Ugh, among these only Zoner Photo Studio (which is a horrible piece of software) has Unicode support.

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1 year 22 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer mhieta

Hi,

Next version of WildBit Viewer has full Unicode support :)

- Marko

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Following the reviews of programs suggested by our readers (thanks Panzer), I've tested Picture Information Extractor and it's now included in my article, which might be already too long after the latest inclusions. I hope it's still readable.

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer. PIE is now included in my article.

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer origininc

Hi Everyone,

I just tried out Zoner. I think this program is going to save me. I've been looking for a replacement for Thumbsplus for years now. Thumbs is becoming more & more buggy (version 9 can't print out thumbnails!) and their tech. assistance is non existent.

What I like about zoner is that:
1. The thumbnail creation is very fast
2. Reads my NAS drive
3. It's intuitive. Every time I want to see if it has a function I look for it and then find it in a logical spot (as compared to lightroom which is not intuitive).
FYI: I tried the free version and it's truly free. What may be confusing some people is there's an offer on the bottom of the screen to purchase the full version or try out a 15 day trial. FYI : The free version so far is meeting all my needs.

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer GoustiFruit

I like ACDSee Free as a quick viewer, but there is one thing that bother me with that tool, it's the "ACDSeeFreeInTouch2.exe" process that stays in RAM after you close the program... Anyone knows what it does ?

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I posted your question in ACDSee's community pages and the answers report the process "is needed to enable ACDSee to send you a popup message when there is an update or a new version available... Something like Jucheck that reminds you of Java updates and such background programs."

There's a workaround suggested too: "I disabled it permanently by killing the corresponding process and renaming the exe to something else. Since then: no more update information for me. ACDSee works fine, though."

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1 year 21 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks for your feedback.

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1 year 19 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Panzer

"... Nomacs is a free image viewer ... small, fast and able to handle the most common image formats including RAW images. Additionally it is possible to synchronize multiple viewers. A synchronization of viewers running on the same computer or via LAN is possible. It allows to compare images and spot the differences (e.g. schemes of architects to show the progress) ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/nomacs/

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1 year 18 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Pliskin

HoneyView is unknown, but really good, simple viewer:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Viewers/HoneyVie...

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1 year 18 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer. I'll check it out when I can.

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1 year 18 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, Pliskin. It's in my to-do list now.

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1 year 16 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer shimself

to get Zoner v14 (and in general to get classic versions of "up"graded ie degraded/spoiled software www.oldapps.com lives up to its name, worth remembering.

I've never been here before, but I want to say this is an excellent and informative review; I'll be back (in a non-threatening way)

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1 year 15 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer brunetu

What a useful comment! Thank you!

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1 year 14 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Panzer

Exshail Image Viewer 1.0 (size about 47 kb):

Features:

1. You can rotate image left or right.
2. You can mirror\flip image.
3. You can resize image by dragging any corner of form.
4. You can crop image (by dragging to mark selected portion of image) & save croped image in png format.

https://sites.google.com/site/exshail/home/exshailimageviewer

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1 year 13 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Yes, I think the same as brunetu; this is a very useful comment. Thanks.

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1 year 13 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer. I'll take a look at it.

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1 year 13 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer crosseyedlemon

I have used Irfanview for over a decade now and while dozens of competitors have come along during that time, it still has no equal when it comes to doing the basic tasks most people are looking to get done. I think it has been downloaded about 15 million times from CNet so obviously the statement that it is a bit unmanageable is ridiculous. As for having a dated interface all I can say is have you taken a look at Gizmos own web design lately?

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1 year 12 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Although I did try to weigh the pros and cons of the programs included here, my article begins with a warning about personal convenience being decisive when using and selecting the best ones. That convenience is exactly what took me to express my opinions about them in the way they're put and what has taken you to write your comments.

I didn't say IrfanView is "a bit unmanageable". My real words are "a bit less manageable", obviously comparing to others in the top list. I admit the 'cons section' for Irfan might be somewhat fussy because the program is so good that it's hard to find something to say against it. Sure you are very used to working with it and after such a long time you know how to make do. And you're obviously a loyal Irfan fan. After all, why change if something works for you? But haven't you thought that your loyalty might be biasing your own opinion about the rest of the programs?

Yes, IrfanV may be the most downloaded viewer in history and rightfully so because it is undeniably an awsome program. Apart from that, perhaps many people download it just because they think that such a huge number of downloads must correspond to a very good software (they're right), and they just follow the mainstream without noticing there are some alternatives that they might like better. I first used it in 1998, when somebody told me it was an excellent (and at that time, probably the only) free replacement for MS W98's viewer. I really loved it because it allowed me to do many things with my scanned photos, before I went digital. But my job as a photographer called for something else and forced me to move to something more professional like Corel and finally to Photoshop for editing tasks, although Irfan remained my main viewer. But then many other programs came out and I began trying lots of them, just in case there were better options for my needs. And I learned there were.

Clearly, my needs are special and different from the majority of computer users', but several apps in my article could cover nearly all of them without even having to open Photoshop. I have my personal favorite, but most of the time I find myself using a combination of programs instead of just a single one. I'm sorry to say IrfanV isn't usually included. I don't like its current (old, aging, dated) approach. And that's just me. But I happen to be the editor of this review. And that's why I say it's "a bit less manageable". Because it is. Its main window doesn't even provide a right-click context menu for quick operations or easy 'basic tasks'.

How can you say "it still has no equal when it comes to doing the basic tasks most people are looking to get done"? Have you really installed and tried the programs I mention above? Could you please elaborate on those basic tasks? Average computer users love icons and don't like to learn keyboard shortcuts or delve into menus. The most basic task that is performed millions of times every day by millions of users who store their photos on computer disks or memory drives is picture rotation. Hey, just try and find a simple icon on IrfanView's interface for a convenient and speedy rotation, instead of having the function buried in a menu.

That's what I call ridiculous.

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1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Bhat59

In place of the default Windows viewer I now use JPEGView which is fast in my small Dell Netbook (Celeron Processor). As the pictures looked much sharper in this viewer I uninstalled the ACDsee free viewer which I was using until then. JPEGView is a small download and doesn’t need installation, yet, can be set as your default viewer. It has some other features like corrections for contrast, brightness, saturation, color etc., though I have not yet used it. My main Photo organizer is Zoner Photo Studio Free. JPEGView zip file is 835KB http://sourceforge.net/projects/jpegview/

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1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Hi, Bhat. Almost any other viewer's sharpness for JPGs looks better than ACDSee's. This is something that I warn about in my review and it is included there mainly because of its outstanding speed when opening the files it can read. As for JPEGView, the following is a reply I wrote to another reader who also suggested it here a while ago (november 2010). It's slightly edited but unless the program has changed quite a lot in this time, my opinion will remain the same.

JPEGView was already in the long list of products I've tried during these years of testing for Gizmo's Freeware. I've found it's a good program in several ways: small build, light footprint, fast with average files, excellent image quality, useful basic editing tools and support for multiple CPU cores to speed up processing.

But I've come across a lot of other viewers that offer very similar features in terms of functionality; they are functional enough to satisfy users that just want a simple tool to open a folder and view its pictures in a linear flow. Of course it's a matter of personal taste and need, but I'm used to the more flexible approach that a built-in thumbnail view with a folder tree provides when inspecting multiple folders and selecting images. Batch processing options in this program are limited to rename/copy. The editor has no undo function. It supports just 5 file formats. Some degree of customization is possible via the .INI file, but this isn't very user-friendly.

As for speed, I was expecting a higher performance from the multiple-core support in the latest version and downloaded it for a test on a modern 6-core machine, 6GB RAM, 1GB graphics card, running Windows7 Ultimate 64bit. Yes, any changes to an image are processed almost instantaneously, which is excellent, and loading times are outstanding if you work with JPG or the usually small files contained in PNG or GIF (non-animated only). But most of the products reviewed above can handle TIF just as well, if not better, and even show no significant difference when dealing with the other formats under the same conditions.

So, I'm afraid I can't include JPEGView in my article. This doesn't mean I don't recommend using it. Judging by the opinions in the Source Forge site, many users find it excellent, especially as a replacement for the built-in Windows viewer (not very difficult to find something better than that), but I'd have to endorse at least a dozen other similar apps that offer something quite as good. None of them play among the best, in my opinion.

Thanks for your suggestion anyway!

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer haroman

Great review! It came to my attention because you said "Some of these programs support video viewing" and thats just what i was looking for. I understand that the subject goes beyond the scope of this review, but it would be nice if at least you includded this feature in the quick selection guide.

Nowadays we take dozens of pictures a day mixed with videos in our cameras, and is nice the see them in sequence in the same viewer.

Could you reccomend me one?

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer mhieta

Hi,

Although WildBit Viewer review says no video support. Actually its there (but not for all formats, sorry). Viewer includes thumbnail extraction from video files (avi, mpg, mpeg and wmv extensions supported). Also in Editor (avi, mpg, mpeg and wmv extensions supported) you can even open videos as multi-page view and extract frames from there, edit and save them.

- Marko

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

I'm afraid I don't know what to recommend for video viewing from the programs in my review. Zoner, XnView and FastStone rely on your external player to view videos. Though its developer claims the opposite, WildBit doesn't work for me -please, read my answer to Marko below.

From the top five, only IrfanView has its own video player and reads quite a lot of formats, including the 3gp from many cellphones. But don't expect many options like those in specific video programs.

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

I must be doing something wrong but I can't get WildBit to even identify any single video in the list of files that should appear if the program had the video support you claim. No AVI, MPG or WMV are recognized by the app in the folders containing them on my system. I've looked for a way in the program settings with no result. Sorry. Could you please explain?

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer mhieta

Hi,

In Viewer you need to choose All Known+Video Formats from Filters (with Show/Hide Filter button).
Default filter is All Known Image Formats and that is not showing any video files.
I will send by email to you screen shot what I mean :)

- Marko

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks for that, Marko. My review has been corrected accordingly. Perhaps you should make the video support in WildBit more evident to users. Just think that I couldn't find it even after you said it was there! And I suggest to add support for the MOV format as well, as it is quite common in digicams (Canon, for instance).

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Sorry for my mistake. As Marko said, video support for AVI, MPG and WMV is included in WildBit. And it has its own player, too. It can go unnoticed because it's somewhat difficult to find, as you must enable the filter toolbar and then select the right option.

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer mhieta

Hi,

Thanks for the suggestion :) Okay I will put those two (easier to find and mov support) to my ToDo list.

- Marko

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1 year 2 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

A viewer called Nexus Image has been included in the related products here. Special thanks to choifamilyipad, who suggested it several months ago. And sorry for the delay, but it has been impossible for me to review it before.

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1 year 1 day ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer shnbwmn

I'd highly recommend Faststone ... much better interface to the others and a lot of useful and easy to access features. Its never given me problems, and I'm especially fond of the full screen image preview with the tabs on the sides. The only one I'd use after Faststone is XnView. Much of the same features and has other little programs called XnConvert, XnSketch and XnRetro which are quite nice. Irfanview's interface and logo (specifically) are outdated and disgusting. Usually I don't judge programs by how they look, but I just hate the design of Irfanview in every respect.

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43 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer cancor

Hi Everyone,
I have been playing with Zoner, XnView, and FastStone the last few days; my first attempt at using freeware for viewing. I was impressed with all three programs on how easy they are to work with compared to Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. However, when I compared the sharpness of the images in Zoner I was surprised to see that they are not as sharp as Photoshop, although I used the maximum quality settings. XnView had the same problem. But FastStone was as sharp as Photoshop. Has anyone else noticed these differences in sharpness between these viewers before? So, I've opted for FastStone; love that viewer!

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43 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

The sharpness that a viewer shows when displaying an image depends on more factors than just the settings you choose for image quality. I'll give a more detailed answer in a few hours because it's longer than I can write about just now. Thanks.

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42 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

The topic is somewhat complex and this explanation won't be short, though you probably know most of it already. For our purpose, the following applies to electronic devices such as monitors, tablets or cellphones; so the viewing experience is obviously related to the quality of their screen. Some concepts are common to printed images as well, but that's a different story.

As a general case, a digital photo consists of an array of pixels that must be displayed within the limits of a screen if you want to view it. That limited space (also basically an array of tiny "dots" that emit light) is manufactured to have a certain display resolution, which is measured in number of pixels (usually quoted as width x height) and is referred to as native resolution. Every time you enlarge or reduce a picture on your screen (zooming in or out with your viewing application) a different amount of image pixels will be filling that fixed screen space. This means that your device will have to rearrange those pixels horizontally and vertically to make them fit into its own display resolution. This process is known as interpolation. There are various methods to interpolate pixels, but they rely on the performance of the graphic drivers included in your system plus the viewing program's own algorithms.

Let's suppose your screen resolution is 1600x1200 and you want to display a photo that is 1600 pixels wide and 1200px high. If you view it in full screen mode, your device will usually match one photo pixel to one of its own dots (pixels) and you'll be viewing the picture at 100% size. In this example, if you zoom in or out, there will always be some interpolation because the real number of image pixels must be remapped so that each screen dot represents several pixels (zoom out less than 100%) or several dots represent just one pixel (zoom in over 100%). If the picture you're displaying is just 800x600px or any size smaller than the resolution of your screen, then your viewer program will show some blank space around the borders of the photo when viewing it at 100% size. Conversely, if the picture is larger than your screen, the usual default option in viewers is to shrink the pic to display the whole image, a process that needs pixel interpolation.

Most digital cameras today produce pictures that are much bigger than the resolution of average screens. But we usually like to view the entire picture and not just a small part, so we reduce it to fit the screen or program window. When reducing the size of an image, most interpolation methods involve the removal of those pixels that are considered unnecessary and keeping or reconstructing the ones that will display the final image. Since this is certainly a "fake" rendering, the best way to assess the REAL sharpness of an image is to view it at 100% size, which is equivalent to 100% zoom on the screen because pixels are correctly matched on both. Other acceptable magnifications for an "unbiased" evaluation of image sharpness are 50% and 25%, otherwise artifacts are likely to appear, such as jagged edges or uneven transitions in gradients that should look smooth.

But an APPARENT sharpness exists too, depending on the zoom level, the interpolation filter and the program's own algorithms. Many programs offer some options in their settings to modify the interpolation methods. Usually, the higher the quality settings, the smoother the picture appears because we're trying to avoid pixel artifacts. Photoshop provides five interpolation options, but its sharpness varies with different zoom levels and some of them appear sharper or softer when you use odd magnifications, just like most graphics apps.

Zoner does have the option for image quality (settings > general > bitmap display quality), but XnView and FastStone don't. If you use low quality (nearest neighbor interpolation) in Zoner, your pics will look sharper than they do with your current settings. I've made all kinds of comparisons between Xn and FastStone with the same photos on three different monitors. Honestly, I haven't noticed any differences at all in sharpness when they're viewed at equal zoom levels, which means both programs must be currently using the same interpolation method. I don't exactly know which one it is, but I'd say it's probably a bilinear filter. This is a middle-low quality algorithm and that's why images appear very sharp. FS has an option to remove pixel artifacts by checking a box named 'Smooth', which displays pictures using probably a high quality Lanczos algorithm and gives them a more "natural" appearance (it depends on personal taste), but it's slower for loading and zooming. This smoothing function used to be available in XnView as well, but it seems to have been removed in latest versions.

And this is it. Sorry for the long explanation; I guess the last paragraph could have been enough to give you an answer, but I hope the rest helps too. Thanks for your comment.

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40 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Dirge

I’ve found Zoner Photo Studio FREE 14 (henceforth “ZPS”) to be the best organizer/viewer for images in the Windows Metafile (WMF) format, as it’s able to treat WMF files as scalable vector graphics and presents them at full quality at any size, even in thumbnails; ZPS also automatically resizes WMF thumbnail images to fit the allocated thumbnail space, making them much easier to browse. FastStone Image Viewer, XnView, and IrfanView all appear to extract a default bitmap image (often a very small, low-quality one) from the WMF file and present that, losing all scalability. You cannot edit WMF images directly in ZPS, but you can convert them to bitmap images of whatever size and file format you want and edit them in that format.

I have a lot of clipart in the WMF format, so ZPS is the best choice for me, but I thought that all of the programs did a good job with photos and other bitmap-based images. I haven’t tried the newer versions of ZPS because rumor has it that they are much larger and slower than version 14, and I have an old, slow Windows XP computer. ZPS takes three or four seconds to launch on my computer but is otherwise fast, smooth, and stable in operation. There is an occasional automatic check for a new version and subsequent pop-up ad urging you to buy the newest full version, but it’s quickly and easily closed.

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40 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks for your comment, Dirge. I don't work with WMF files so I didn't know ZPS is so good at presenting them and its superiority in this field over the other programs you've mentioned.

I haven't noticed any difference in speed in ZPS's new versions, though, but they certainly are bulkier than v.14, which is already huge.

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40 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Dirge

I just updated ZPSF14 (x86) to ZPSF16 (x64) on my dad’s three-year-old budget laptop computer (Windows 7 x64 w/dual-core processor), and the new program launches and runs significantly faster: cold launch time went from four seconds down to two, and thumbnail creation and other functions also seem to be about twice as fast -- Zoner’s extra tweaking for multi-core processors and native 64-bit programming have paid big speed dividends in this case.

It turns out that the forbidding 53MB download size of ZPSF16 is somewhat misleading, as it includes both 32-bit and 64-bit packages in free and full/trial versions. Curiously, the installer installed both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions on the laptop, with separate folders within the main Program Folder and separate icons on the Desktop. I suspect that I can simply delete the 32-bit subfolder, but I’m not sure and haven’t done so yet.

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40 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks again, Dirge. My review of ZPS is quite long in an already long article; that's why I skipped the details you provide in your useful comment and kind of included them when I specified the program takes over 350MB on disk.

As for speed, ZPS is the champion when it comes to thumbnail creation. Older versions were nearly as quick, so improvements in this aspect are hard to be noticed.

Anyway, I may reword the review taking your points into account, especially those related to 64-bit and multicore options. Thank you so much!

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40 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Nomacs has been included in my review, Panzer. Thanks for the suggestion!

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40 weeks 12 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

A review of an open source program called Nomacs has been included in the related products in my article. Thanks for your suggestion, Panzer!

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39 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Panzer

No problem.

From their site:

"... We have found a critical bug which – in some cases – prevents nomacs from starting correctly. If you experience this issue, we would recommend to update nomacs to version 1.6.3. The issue applies only to the Windows versions. Users of other OS can safely enjoy version 1.6.2. ..."

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39 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Panzer

Link for First Impression leads nowhere ... Remove it and add this one: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Viewers/First-Im...

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39 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Done. Thanks for that, Panzer. I check the links from time to time and it was still working less than three months ago.

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39 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

I'm in touch with the devs and they've taken my feedback very seriously. I don't know when it will be released publicly but I've already tried a so-called 'nightly version' of Nomacs with most of my suggestions included. Pretty impressive.

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39 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer MidnightCowboy

Great to see this level of commitment from devs providing stuff for free. MC - Site Manager.

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38 weeks 18 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Anupam

Hornil Photo Viewer: http://hornil.com/en/products/photoviewer/

Free for home users.

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38 weeks 16 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, Anupam. I'll include it in my to-do list.

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35 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer twinkler

Thanks for your excellent survey of image viewers. I've been trying to decide between XnView and FastStone, but now I have another half-dozen to consider!

I thought I'd offer that Pictomio displays an ad banner along the bottom and hasn't been updated since 2012.

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35 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks for your kind words and the info about Pictomio. I may include it in the review.

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35 weeks 4 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Panzer

"... kuView is a picture viewer, provides useful features including Unicode, Exif, scaling filter, shell integration, and archive browsing. May be used as replacement for built-in viewer or ACDSee-like on Windows. Has tiny executable, is portable and green ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/kujawiak/?source=recommended

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34 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer.

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34 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer twinkler

Even though the website says kuView's portable, I couldn't find a portable version. When I installed the only version I found, I had to very carefully click the dim "Decline" button repeatedly to avoid getting other software installed along with it.

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34 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer sicknero

The main download link on Sourceforge is for v1.7 which as far as I can tell isn't portable. On the main KuView website it's named 1.7pre so I'm guessing it's a pre-release version or some such. If you go here - http://kujawiak.sourceforge.net/index_en.html - you can get v1.6 portable ("Full zip pack" or "Single exe").

I tried to download v1.7 just to see if was one of those "portable installers" if you see what I mean but every attempt triggered an alert from Comodo AV. I sent the file to Virus Total and it scores 7/45 (https://www.virustotal.com/en-gb/file/47fc6341fa873a617d82f3b83768a21256...) although confusingly Comodo is not one of those 7.

I tried 1.6 anyway (which does seem clean), it's ok but I think there are much better image viewers around.

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34 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks twinkler and sicknero for your comments and useful info. I also scan every installer with Virus Total apart from my own antivirus, and all the programs in my review have always come out clean. Moreover, none of these viewers includes any other bundled software that may be installed if you aren't careful to opt out, so I guess I won't set a precedent with KuView. Anyway, I'll take a look to give my own opinion.

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