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    FastStone Image Viewer - New Version

    FastStone Image Viewer 3.1 <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware (Last Update: 2007-04-16)
    An image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more.

    Version 3.1 (April 16, 2007)
    o Created a multi-language version
    o Improved the Raw library
    o Improved navigation (page up/down) of multi-tiff files
    o Now embedded thumbnails are updated when jpeg files are saved
    o Fixed some bugs

    Alan

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    Re: FastStone Image Viewer - New Version

    Thanks for the heads up, Alan. Those other three also look good and the capture program has been suggested more than once here in The Lounge.

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    Re: FastStone Image Viewer - New Version

    I installed MaxView on my other half's computer, and associated it with all graphic file formats. It's very quick and a lot less confusing for her than having some pics open in IE, some in Paint, some asking her to choose a program etc.

    Alan

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    Re: FastStone Image Viewer - New Version

    I meant to confirm yesterday that I finally got around to installing the Image Viewer as a replacement for my now ancient SuperJPG viewer. This is a very nice program - super fast and lots of nice features like a preview window. I also noticed that when you view a photo in full screen mode, at the top left is the "data" about that photo, including the megapixel size which is something I was just recently having a conversation about with someone.

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    Re: FastStone Image Viewer - New Version

    Version 3.2 was released only a week later (April 23, 2007)
    <UL><LI>Added option Print current page only in Print dialog
    <LI>Improved Rotate by any Degree
    <LI>Fixed some bugs[/list]FastStone Image Viewer

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    Re: FastStone Image Viewer - New Version

    Just released - Version 3.3 (October 23, 2007)
    FastStone Image Viewer - Powerful and Intuitive Photo Viewer, Editor and Batch Converter

    Added "Enhance Colors" (press Ctrl+E), which makes it easy to adjust brightness, gamma, contrast and saturation of the image
    Enhanced "Sharpen/Blur"
    Added "Obscure (Blur)" under "Edit" menu, which can be used to obscure sensitive information in the image
    Added new option "Remind me to save changes" to the Settings. Uncheck this option if you do not want the popup message "Do you want to save the changes you have made to this image?"
    Allowed image tagging in slide show
    Added "Slide Show Builder" (under "Create" menu), which allows you to save a slide show, including image and music files, into a single exe file that can be played in other computers without FastStone Image Viewer
    Enhanced the "Download Photos" tool. Now it is possible to get photos from both cameras and card readers via USB
    Enhanced the "Change Timestamp" under Tools menu. Now it allows you to change/adjust the date time when photos were taken
    Added "Remove JPEG Metadata" to Tools menu. It allows you to remove metadata such as EXIF, IPTC, embedded thumbnails etc from jpeg files
    Added Show Histogram option to the image comparison tool
    Enhanced the RAW library. Now it is recommended to view RAW files using the embedded preview image for faster performance (see RAW tab in the Settings)
    In the image comparison tool, now it is possible to pan around with arrow keys
    Other small improvements in the user interface
    Fixed some bugs

    Alan

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    Re: FastStone Image Viewer - New Version

    Oh boy, I can't wait to try <big>their</big> slide show builder. I only recently downloaded something called Smilebox, seen here in The Lounge somewhere and haven't gotten around to trying it yet. I use FS's Image Viewer every day and like it a lot - it's been very fast and efficient. Let's see how 3.3 performs...

    Thanks as usual, Alan!

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    Re: FastStone Image Viewer - New Version

    At the risk of causing a diversion from the intended purpose of your post, I feel I should followup because of my comment about slideshow preparation. I've installed 3.3 and given it some preliminary looks so far. Obviously, I haven't tried all of the items mentioned as adds or improvements, but I DID give their EXE slideshow a bit of a whirl. It's a bit clunky but it does work and creates a satisfactory EXE file which someone can use to view your pictures. I was a bit disappointed that there doesn't seem to be a way to edit or revise a slideshow once you've created it and the process of getting pictures into the show in the correct order leaves a bit to be desired. As far as a FREE graphics viewer is concerned, this one is still my number one choice however.

    Now, on the subject of slideshows which is discussed OFTEN here in The Lounge. I have long been a user of something called LPJ Slideshow, another FREE application. It was mentioned again by both John Gray and I in this thread: <post:=654,283>post 654,283</post:>. Well, I also remembered that it was in that thread, while searching for what happened to "LPJ" that I came upon his new web site which is where that SmileBox thing came from. I just wanted to say that SmileBox (Picture Slideshow Freeware - Lpj-software.com ) is a real dog that I wouldn't use, period. Mr. LPJ seems to have disappeared into the woodwork and it's a good thing that his "old" slideshow program is still available from the PC World link that John called out.

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