Default IrfanView application window
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.
I switched away from IrfanView just because of the poor UNICODE support for file/path name. It was a hassle to work around this by renaming files. Does the new version support UNICODE file name/path properly now?
I've used IrfanView since it was first several years back. If you have this one in your "box of tools" you need to add it. It's TOPS !
This program is great and I use it quite alot. It is freeware, yet when you click on the sponsored link to IrfanView2008 you have pay for it and have to get other software with it. It is good as it is and shouldn't be bundled with other shareware programs.
From what everyone is saying it sounds great. Although, I have not been able to locate a FREE download. When I visit the site, they want between $29 & $35 to get get from 1 year to unlimited access. I must be at the wrong site, can someone tell me where to get the FREE download.
to Done@: On his website, he sez, "pronounce 'EarfanView'" so I guess that's right. As to the notion of free, like most freeware, it's only free for personal use. Commercial users (who are making money from using it!) should send him $12 or ?10. Now that he has a PayPal account, it's easy to do--I wouldn't send $12 to Bosnia in an envelope, but I was willing to click on a PayPal icon. And when I sent him the ?10 in 2007, that meant I'd paid somewhere around ?1 for each year I'd used it. What a bargain!
I've use this program both for personal use and professional work for working batch files of images. Nothing else compares. I highly recommend this product.I give it 5 stars. Tom- NY
I believe that Picasa (by Google) is a much more advanced and powerful program, Not just because it's Google either. Picasa has a very nice layout and offers a variety of publishing options including print to store.
That's how long I've been using and endorsing IrfanView. Its best feature is how quickly it opens almost any graphic file. But I also use it for quick & simple editing like resizing, cropping, or converting an image to another format. The ability to do batch conversions and renaming along with creating screensavers and stand-alone slide shows are added bonuses. I have to admit I don't take advantage of even half of it's capabilities. I first met Irfan on-line in the CompuServe days back when he lived in Bosnia. I heard he graduated from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria a while back. I wonder what he's up to these days besides occasionally releasing updates for IrfanView. ...and did I mention... it's free! and with NO advertising! I guess it's time to send him another donation.
I love this program for the ease of use in saving, viewing and editing quickly. This is normally the first one I use when saving image and clip art befor moving on my specialize programs. Melv
Best little program EVER for quickly editing large picture files. I have been using it for years and would NEVER give it up!
Can't say enough good things about this little program and what it does, and without polluting your registry and adding a bunch of Explorer injected dll's.
I have used IrfanView since it first came out. I still keep and older version that does not have to be installed on a computer. I can take it anywhere on a usb stick or place it on a cd/dvd with pictures to use on any computer without installing it on the computer. I use it to show slideshows. I even used it at my old job because we were not allowed to install anything on the computers, all I had to do was drop it on my desktop and I wasn't breaking the rules. I use other programs but this is my old standby for converting and other quick jobs.
On any PC I'm setting up. It just plain works. Doesn't do fancy stuff - but what it does - it does well and quickly with minimum fuss. While the user interface seems rather sparce - that to me is a big plus.. since most of the often used functions can be found to have keystroke combinations to activate. It's good enough that I'd pay for it..
"That means no My Documents..." Just toggle the Common Shell Folders under Thumbnail Options and this shows up as does My Documents and My Images.
Irfan is probably my most-used software. Why does this reviewer see complexity as a "problem"? The program does so many different things, it seems that the menus will obviously be complicated once you start drilling down. Great Program!
I have been using this wonderful tool since its early releases back in the late 90's. I own Photoshop and have owned half a dozen other purchased tools, and I still rely in Irfanview for its flexibility and features in managing my photo collections. I also use it for scanning, resizing and conversions. I cannot say enough good about this tool.
"...(I like to use it to print odd-sized images within a single page.) ..." Why didn't you tell us how you did this. I wanted to do exactly this, but went into IrfanView and couldn't figure out how to do it. Rick
I've been using the program for a few years now. It is small and efficient enough to work on just about any computer, and has an insane amount of functionality. For being free and still recieving updates, I don't see myself ever giving it up. I highly recomend it to anyone. Everyone I have shown the program too loves it.
it seemed like a good idea at the time. Then it started trying to index the 1+ terabytes (about 850,000 images) on the server. It took a while to figure out how to shut off the indexing. Then it insisted on trying to index every CF card we put in the reader. Since we shoot about 16,000 images between the middle of February and the middle of June, that can be a problem. ;-)
Another one that is freeware and covers a lot of formats and features is XnView. It's a matter of what you need, used to, taste etc. that makes your preferred choice of tool especially in this case. Some people love the Spartan Gimp, for me it's the aforementioned. There are like standards too many to choose from.
Even the newest version is available as a stand alone app. The file name is always the same format. Any time a new version comes out, I just do a quick Google search (for example iview410.zip). There are so many mirrors out there, it's always available. Besides that, once installed, the install directory can be copied and will run as stand-alone from a thumb drive or another PC. Same goes for the free plugins. See the official site for the zip version of the plugins http://www.irfanview.com/plugins.htm.
how to pronice IrfanView.. I always tend to pronounce it as In-Fan-View which is obviously wrong.. :)
As a web developer/graphic designer (kinda) this little application is amazing. After creating the final images for a website, I can batch process all of them to convert them to smaller filetypes, as well as remove transparency from bitmaps/gifs (stupid IE6). I don't use it for photo viewing or slideshows, but for quick changes or batch processing, this program is a beast.
File\Print\Print Size or to add multiple images to a single print... Image\Create Panorama Image You can add images vertically or horizontally
I attempted to download this 'Gem' as it features looked great and it had excellent reviews here on TR. I was asked for my credit card and also to nominate what 'Plan' I wanted, including monthly and once-off. That's not my definition of a free program. Or maybe I am missing something?
Irfanview is indispensable to us. It's fast, light, easy to use and configure and supports a staggering number of image formats. We use other packages - Adobe CSx and Thumbs+ as well. Irfanview plays amazingly well with them. I can't endorse it heartily enough.
From what everyone is saying it sounds great. Although, I have not been able to locate a FREE download. When I visit the site, they want between $29 & $35 to get from a 1 year to unlimited access. I must be at the wrong site, can someone tell me where to get the FREE download.
Not only does it have the small footprint, but all of my non-technical clients who are afraid of Photoshop just love this program. Simple and small, it's much less intimidating to them. I also love the fact that it can view just about any file type (Mac file on a PC, for example). It is also one of the first programs I'll install on a new system. I've been using it since the 90's as well. Invaluable.
I couldn?t tell how many times it really spared me a lot of work which I would've done using other software. Fast viewing and lots of useful options. It's great.
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Ear-fohn (or uhr-fohn)is probably the closest you'll get to pronouncing his first name properly! Don't fret over it too much...spend the time using this great little program instead! Dave
Not sure where you tried to download it from, Andrew, but I just downloaded it (again) from cnet.com and there was no request for payment of any kind. I followed the download link from irfanview.com. Nelson
http://www.irfanview.com/ then click on 'Downloads.' Google is your friend :-)