Sometimes a full featured image editor is just too much. That is the case when you simply want a quick way to view some files. In those scenarios, I have a tool that fits my needs perfectly. And you can’t beat the price since it is completely free.
Irfanview allows you to view most every bitmap format ever invented. Together with the plug-ins that can also be downloaded for free, I don’t think I’ve found a format it couldn’t open. I use Irfanview often to quickly flip through a folder full of images. I’ll admit that I probably don’t even use 10% of the features.
It can be used to convert images and I’ve used this occasionally when I need to convert a file for later editing with Corel PHOTO-PAINT. Other features like optimizing, slideshows and batch processing have also gone unused on my system. When I look at the feature list and see all of the things I don’t use, I realize just how much power this little program packs. Download a copy for yourself and let me know what you like most about it.