Irfanview

August 1, 2009

Yet another graphics product with an interesting name. In this case, it is named after its creator “Irfan Skiljan”. This is a tool I use on a daily basis and highly recommend to anyone who attends CorelDRAW Unleashed Boot Camp.

The first thing you can do with Irfanview is to quickly view your images. Associate it with all of your bitmap formats and then you can easily flip through them as you like. Sure, you could use Corel PHOTO-PAINT, but it is pretty slow to just view an image. Irfanview is lightning fast. Want something a little more automated for flipping through images and Irfanview will cycle through the images in a slideshow. Convert images from one format to another. Resample and resize them. And I’ve only scratched the surface of what it can do.

So how much is this supertool? It is a free download. If you like it, please consider donating to the author to provide incentive for future versions. Also make sure to download the plug-ins to get even more features. When I load a new computer, this is one of the first things I load. I definitely can’t live without out!

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  1. ErolB1

    I’ve tried Irfanview and found it OK. I’ve also tried XnView (www.xnview.com) and like it much better. I can’t say that it is better, though. It’s a matter of personal preference.

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  2. Lars

    Irfan View is great. I use it all the time when browsing through a days harvest of photos or whenever I want to just view an image. I recently started taking my photos in aRGB color space and then tagging them with the ICC profile. The great thing is that IV now can display ICC tagged images correctly, and you will get vivid colors on the spot. The downside of it is that it takes a while to load each tagged image, so when just browsing images it is best to shot of the profile loading. Too bad. You can also write and read IPTC data, even batches, but there isn’t any way of searching photos by metadata. So you still need an organizing program.

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