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FastStone Image Viewer 6.6

View, edit and convert your image collection quickly and easily with this powerful tool

by Nick Peers

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 20 September 2018
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Developer: FastStone Soft
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FastStone Image Viewer
View, edit and convert images quickly and easily

Imagine the scenario: you've got dozens of photos scattered across your hard drive, all in a variety of sizes and file formats. You want to place them all in the same folder, in the same format and perhaps even rename them for good measure. Perhaps they all need to be the same size, or you'd like to add a watermark. What are you going to do? You could open each file individually and perform the same repetitive actions on each, or you could go looking for a tool to do the hard work for you.

FastStone Image Viewer is - as the name suggests - a tool for viewing images, but that does it a massive disservice. It features some nifty editing tools, plus has a contact sheet builder, enabling you to quickly and easily print out thumbnail previews of a collection of images. But where the program really stands apart is with its batch-processing capabilities. It enables you to quickly convert a group of selected images from one format to another. You can save them all to a different folder, and rename them too.

Tick the Advanced options box, and you open up a whole wealth of options: resize, rotate, crop, change colour depth and DPI, adjust lighting and colours, add a border, and watermark your images with text or an image. Once you've set things up, click Convert and watch the program do in seconds what would take you minutes or even hours to achieve on your own.

What's new in v6.6 (history)?

- Improved: Load images faster
- Improved: Open big folders faster
- Improved: Copy / Move files faster
- Improved: Process embedded ICC profiles faster. Now embedded ICC profile support is enabled by default
- Added a new mouse gesture to image magnifier. When the mouse is in a magnifier shape:
- Added a date range filter to photo importer
- Enhanced internal Video Player
- Enhanced the batch convert/rename tool.
- Added Swap Colors under the Colors menu
- Fixed a DPI related bug in Contact Sheet Builder
- Other minor improvements and bug fixes

Verdict:

 You can take or leave the program's viewing and editing options, but as a batch conversion tool - that's free for personal use to boot - we've yet to find an equal.

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FastStone Image Viewer

Posted by: Michael Kickbusch, 05 April 2011 03:04

This is one of (if not) the best image viewers available. The ability to view multitple images and review the EXIF and Histograms so you can compare the details is great for those who are learning all about digital photography. It is so good that I am going to donate some money for this program.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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