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PhotoView 1.4.0.0

Easily review your photo collection with this portable thumbnail browser

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Czech, Polish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 23 August 2011
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Developer: MiTeC
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PhotoView 1.4.0.0
Easily review your photo collection with this portable thumbnail browser

PhotoView is a simple portable image viewer with one or two unusual extra features.

Browsing works much like most similar tools. Click a folder in the Explorer-type pane and you'll see thumbnails of all the images it contains; clicking one of these will display it in the preview pane.

The viewer is more thorough than most, though. Turn on the Magnifier (View > Magnifier), for example, and you'll get a resizable rectangle which you can drag over any part of the image to see a magnified view (far more convenient than always zooming in and scrolling, though you can do that as well).

There's also easy viewing of image EXIF data, and oddly the program makes it look as though you can edit this: you can put your own name in as the photographer, say. But for some reason any modification you make isn't saved.

A histogram gives you a quick look at the image colour balance, and you're able to apply a few basic manipulations and filters - flip, rotate, invert, greyscale, equalise - before saving the results in a variety of formats (BMP, GIF, TIF, JPG, PNG).

It's all fairly basic, but well presented, and perhaps the program's main selling point is its extreme portability: the authors say it should run on every version of Windows from 95 through to Windows Server 2008 R2.

Verdict:

PhotoView can be a little slow to display large JPEGs, but otherwise this is a straightforward and easy-to-use image viewer

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Spektrel Art 1.0.0

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Spektrel Art is a stand-alone program and Photoshop plugin which transforms digital photos into "magical art that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light".

What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

SPECIAL OFFER: as we write, the developer is offering Spektral Art for free. The offer expires August 29th. Please note that you must provide your name, address and phone number to receive your free license.

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