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Honeyview 5.11

A feature-packed free image viewer

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Danish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 April 2015
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Downloads To Date: 1051
Developer: Bandisoft
RSS News Feed: http://www.bandisoft.com/forum/feed.php?mode=news
Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/Bandisoft
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bandisoft
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Honeyview
A feature-packed free image viewer

Honeyview is a portable free image viewer from Bandisoft, the developer behind archiving tool Bandizip.

File format support is excellent. Honeyview opens regular formats including BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, PSD, DDS, JXR, WebP, J2K, JP2, TGA, TIFF, PCX, PNM, and PPM, as well as all the main RAW formats (DNG, CR2, CRW, NEF, NRW, ORF, RW2, PEF, SR2, and RAF).

The program has also borrowed a little code from Bandizip, which means it's able to directly view pictures inside archive formats including ZIP, RAR, 7Z, LZH, TAR, ALZ, and EGG.

Whatever you're browsing, Honeyview provides many navigation options. You can move one image forward (or back) by spinning the mouse wheel, clicking Back/ Next buttons or using the arrow keys; Ctrl+PgUp or Ctrl+PgDn jumps forward or back by 10 images; a scroll bar allows you to jump straight to some preferred position (image 31/44); the Home/ End keys go straight to the first or last image; or one click opens a thumbnail browser to help you find the photo you need.

The core image viewer is impressive, too, with a host of zoom controls, optional EXIF tag display, bookmarking, slideshow support (including transitions) and simple editing tools (resize, rotate). It also has plenty of image processing options - soften, sharpen, flip, gamma compensation, various interpolation types - yet still remains very fast.

There's support for viewing the location of GPS-tagged photos on Google Maps.

Honeyview also provides a "Photo Folder" option where you can store any interesting photos. Set this up to point at whatever folder you like, then start browsing as normal, press Ins when you spot a photo you need, and it's copied to the Photo Folder. A Ctrl+Ins function alternatively moves images to the Photo Folder, and both options can make it easier to sort your pictures.

Version 5.11 changes include (changelog):
 

  • The animated Ugoira image format created on Pixiv.net is supported.
  • The filelist will be refreshed automatically if a new image file is added.
  • Honeyview can now convert image files to BMP format.
  • Honeyview can now preview the PNM and WebP image formats when right clicking in Windows Explorer.
  • Shift+Delete deletes a file without sending it to Recycle Bin.
  • Honeyview now supports the BMP image format with Alpha Channels.
Verdict:

Honeyview is a fast and configurable image viewer. Navigation options, archive support and its "Photo Folder" are strong points, and this portable build is convenient and easy to use anywhere.

Your Comments & Opinion
 

Look out IrfanView!

Posted by: bolg wrad, 12 October 2014 17:40

This viewer is becoming my favourite - the slideshow function and navigation is better and more transparent than IrfanView's, and there's plenty of personalization available. If you don't like the supplied titlebar and tools, just hide them.

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