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10 Best Picture Viewer Software

10 Best Picture Viewer Software

If you are looking for an image viewer software solely for the purpose of a quick-image-glance-through, look no further; you've come to the perfect page. This Techspirited article lists the 10 best picture viewer software for you to choose from.
Prachi Patkar
Did You Know?
Image viewers consist of fewer functions than 'image editors', and hence require lesser loading time. Therefore, it is advisable to install an image viewer when images are only to be viewed, and not edited.

Windows Operating Systems have the 'Windows Image Viewer' that comes preloaded. It displays images in a photo gallery window. The file formats it supports are BMP, PNG, GIF, JPEG, JPEG, XR, ICO, and TIFF. Developed by Microsoft, this freeware application was known as 'Windows Picture and Fax Viewer' for older versions such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Its functions include displaying pictures, slideshow (pictures in a folder), online or direct printing, and reconstructing the images in 90-degree increments.

Nevertheless, besides this inbuilt viewer, there are quite a few other picture viewer software that are available for download and use. We'll list the ten best (in no particular order), so that you can choose the one that suits your needs the best.

FastPictureViewer
Supported Formats: Supports most file formats, few of which are: JPEG 2000, HDR, Photoshop PSD, OpenEXR, TGA, DDS, Maya IFF, SGI RGB, Camera RAW, etc.

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

Features: This freeware is developed by Axel Rietschin Software, and features a dark interface, such that the entire focus is on the image itself. It is a straightforward image viewer, which allows to quick-scan the contents of a picture folder in an easy way. This editor consists of very limited tools and supports very few image formats, compared to most other viewers. However, it is ideal for basic image viewing.

Picasa
Supported Formats: WebP image format by Google, JPEG, RAW

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows, OS X

Features: This freeware application has been created by a company called Lifescape, which was later acquired by Google . It provides the functionality of a picture organizer , photo viewer, as well as photo sharing. Its features include importing of images, tagging faces, facial recognition, besides other editing functions such as cropping, color enrichment, and red-eye removal.

Adobe Image Viewer
Supported Formats: Supports most file formats, few of which are: TIFF, PSD, JPEG, etc.

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows, Mac, Android

Features: This trial-based software has been developed by Adobe systems. The Adobe Image Viewer is compatible to work with full version of Adobe Acrobat 5.0 and higher, and Adobe Reader 5.0 and higher. It is used mainly for the purpose of viewing slideshows created by Adobe Photoshop. The slideshow can contain video and audio files, along with image files.

IrfanView
Supported Formats: BMP, GIF, JPG, PPM, TGA, CX, ICO, PDF, PGM, PBM, JPM, Webp, MPEG, Camera RAW, ECW, PNG, JP2, JPM, TIFF, EMF, PPM

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows

Features: This is a non-commercial freeware application designed by Mr. Irfan Skiljan. The main functions of this software are viewing images, editing, and converting image files. This application can also play audio/video files. It is quite famous for its wide compatibility, from Windows 95 to Windows 8, Mac OS X using winebottler, and Linux under Wine. Media files of extensions Flash, MP3, MIDI, MP3, Ogg vorbis, and text files can also be viewed. This is a multilingual software, which provides various image scaling options. Editing images can be manual or automatic, which involves functions such as rotate, crop, or resize.

FastStone Image Viewer
Supported Formats: JPEG, JPEG 2000, TGA, PCX, PNG, WMF, TIFF, BMP, and Raw Digital camera files such as NEF, MRW, ORF, ARW, SRF, SR2, DNG, RW2, CRW, CR2, PEF, RAF

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

Features: This image viewer was designed by FastStone Soft. It is a speedy and easy-to-use image browser. Other features include an image editor and converter as well. It provides scanner support, image annotation, red-eye removal, cropping, resizing, retouching, color set-ups, emailing, and image comparison.

XnView
Supported Formats: It supports over 500 file formats few of which include: ARF,AWD, BMF, CGM, CSV, DPX, DNG, JPEG/JFIF, JPEG XR, JPEG-LS, BMP

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows, Pocket PCs, Windows Mobile, Windows ME, OS X, Linux

Features: This viewer was developed by Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet of XnSoft. It is a freeware for educational institutions and non-profit organizations, and commercial for other uses. Its main features include full-screen view, thumbnail view, filmstrip view, image comparison, besides resizing, cropping, rotation, contrast and brightness adjustments, and filtering and color modifications.

Vallen JPegger
Supported Formats: This software supports 40 different image formats, including JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista (32-bit platform)

Features: This is a freeware developed by Vallen Systeme GmBH. This has been purely designed for the purpose of browsing through large folders for viewing pictures. Resizing images, print support, screenshot tool, slideshow mode, image rotation, and MP3 player function are additional features present in this application.

PicViewer
Supported Formats: GIF, JPEG ,BMP, TGA, PNG, TIFF, PCD, PSD

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows NT

Features: This freeware has been developed by Anix Software. Its interface is easy-to-use, and similar to Windows Explorer. The features that are provided are slideshow, drag and drop, content menu, print support, built-in image converter, and image names can be given as command line.

InViewer
Supported Formats: TIF, BMP, PNG , GIF, JPG, ICO

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

Features: Formerly known as GIF Viewer, this freeware merely serves the main purpose of image viewing. It is a small size application that speeds up image viewing. It consists of built-in buttons for easy navigation (left and right), slideshow, restart, rotation or flipping. This can be considered as one of the best photo viewer software for Windows 8.

Fullscreen Photo Viewer
Supported Formats: JPG, BMP, PNG, MBM, TGA, TIFF, GIF

Compatible Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

Features: This viewer was designed by 4Neutrons, and is a freeware. Its features include deletion button, touchscreen computer compatibility, quick image display, color management, and 3D support. The main property of Fullscreen Photo Viewer is that it provides the ability to open image files from directories and sub-directories.

The wider the range of image formats supported and system compatibility, the more useful the software would be. Hence, these two features need to be considered while installing an image viewer on your system. But then, these are freeware, so you could uninstall such software if you aren't satisfied with the performance, and install another one.