Every time I have to write about this amazing application, I recall what I asked myself the first time I used this program: “Why do I have to pay for an image viewer when I just can get a multi-task media manager for free? It was a few years ago when I first installed and used IrfanView thanks to the recommendation of a techie friend. Astonishment is the word that comes to my mind, I really couldn't believe that a single piece of freeware could be so powerful and versatile yet easy to use and understand at the same time. Fortunately IrfanView continues its growth and by now we can get version 4.23. In this article I'm going to cover its most incredible features.
All-In-One And More...
So, what we have here is a really comprehensive application with so many tools and functionalities but overall what is most surprising is its reduced size: setup file is only 1.2MB, and it only takes 10.1MB of our hard drive and if we focus on resources consumption, it takes around 10MB even when playing mp3 file.
If we take a look at IrfanView as an image viewer, we will see that it brings a lot of handy features: to begin with, it supports more than 70 image format files ranging from the most common bmp, jpg, jpeg, gif, tif, tiff to the complex like CAD formats and most digital camera raw formats, and it also includes support for Adobe Photoshop filters.
InfanView also brings an interesting thumbnail manager very useful at the moment of managing our picture libraries.
Besides we can also make a slideshow very simply, just click on the Slideshow button load images from one or several folders set all the parameters concerning timing, background music and many other options (default are alright if we don't want to make it pro) sit and enjoy. Slideshows can also be burnt to a CD. Pretty amazing, isn't it?
When it comes to image file conversion, IrfanView makes an excellent labor even when we need to convert some images to be suitable for being uploaded to the Internet. As you can see this kind of conversion is very easy made as IrfanView offers a lot of options. Some of them are really advanced, enough to satisfy discerning users but also default settings are good for beginners. At this point I also recommend the installation of IrfanView plugins that widely expand its functionality.
Conversion can be made in individual or batch mode with the possiblity to make bulk size adjustments and renamig.
With this incredible program we are allowed to make some photo retouching, apply some filters and effects like sharpen, blur, Adobe 8BF, and many other, there is also the option to use some tools included in the Paint Dialogue box, including, clone tool, pencil, brush, measuring tool and the possibility to select colors among others.
IrfanView brings support for many audio and video formats including mp3, ogg, wav, avi, mov, mpg, and many others, and it is really efficient when it comes to playing them, as its resources consumption is really below the standard.
Version 4.23 includes various improvements: a History list was included in the Random slideshow section, a new menu was also added the New multipage images: with it we can generate Multipage PDF pictures, additionally IrfanView now brings an option to save changes made to an image when we exit the program and also some options to configure start parameters for external editors. And last but not least an new option for New Thumbnail: now we can use a full file path for sorting in case subfolders are loaded.
As you can see IrfanView has not the fanciest interface look, but still my fanaticism for it has something to hold on to... Really, IrfanView has inexhaustible possibilities and it is extremely fast, solid and fully featured. Most important of all, everything works!
Are you a fan of IrfanView like me? Are you not? Well, tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Author: Lucas Artigas Review on: IrfanView 4.23