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Old 12-05-2013, 13:27
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New version of the Faststone Image Viewer has been released, much better than the built in Windows photo viewer, and, imo, better than Irfanview:

http://faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Please donate if you like the prog:

http://faststone.org/donate.htm
Features
[LIST][*]True Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels[*] Crystal-clear and customizable one-click image magnifier[*] Powerful image editing tools: Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, adjust lighting/colors/curves/levels etc.[*] Eleven re-sampling algorithms to choose from when resizing images[*] Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment[*] Image special effects: annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, sketch, oil painting, lens[*] Draw texts, lines, highlights, rectangles, ovals and callout objects on images[*] Clone Stamp and Healing Brush[*] Superior Red-Eye effect removal/reduction with completely natural looking end result[*] Multi-level Undo/Redo capability[*] One-touch best fit/actual size image display support[*] Image management, including tagging capability, with drag-and-drop and Copy To/Move To Folder support[*] Histogram display with color counter feature[*] Compare images side-by-side (up to 4 at a time) to easily cull those forgettable shots[*] Image EXIF metadata support (plus comment editing for JPEGs)[*] Configurable batch processing to convert/rename large or small collections of images[*] Slideshow creation with 150+ transition effects and music support (MP3, WMA, WAV...)[*] Create efficient image attachment(s) for emailing to family and friends[*] Print images with full page-layout control[*] Create fully configurable Contact Sheets[*] Create memorable artistic image montages from your family photos for personalized desktop wallpapers (Wallpaper Anywhere)[*] Acquire images from scanner. Support batch scanning to PDF, TIFF, JPEG and PNG[*] Versatile screen capture capability[*] Powerful Save As interface to compare image quality and control generated file size[*] Run favorite programs with one keystroke from within Image Viewer[*] Offer portable version of the program which can be run from a removable storage device[*] Configurable mouse wheel support[*] Support multiple program skins[*] Support dual-monitor configurations[*] Support touch interface (tap, swipe, pinch)[*] And much more...[/LIST]
4.8 Changes
[LIST][*]Added a Minimize button (hidden at the top-right corner of the screen) to full screen mode. Now you can minimize the application to taskbar without exiting the full screen mode[*] Added two Mouse Click options to use left/right clicks for previous/next images[*] Improved the Draw Board. Now it is possible to draw curved lines[*] Improved the Print dialog[*] Other improvements and bug fixes[/LIST]
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Old 12-05-2013, 15:17
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I just downloaded to replace an earlier version. Having it use its own database of thumbnails is certainly much better than the way Windows keeps losing and having to regenerate image thumbnails, so on that basis alone it is brilliant.

But unfortunately I still can't get it to show tif files as anything more than blank squares...


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After some research it seems that it can show tif files that are uncompressed, but it can't show those where the compression uses zip. However, applications that create tif files can also generally be set to use LZW compression, and Faststone can create thumbnails from those.

Unfortunately I've got a very large number of tif files using zip compression...
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Old 12-05-2013, 17:04
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After some research it seems that it can show tif files that are uncompressed, but it can't show those where the compression uses zip. However, applications that create tif files can also generally be set to use LZW compression, and Faststone can create thumbnails from those.

Unfortunately I've got a very large number of tif files using zip compression...
You could try contacting them, sure they'd be interesting in fixing this. XNView is another alternative which does show thumbs for TIFFs compressed using ZIP.
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Old 12-05-2013, 21:52
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You could try contacting them, sure they'd be interesting in fixing this. XNView is another alternative which does show thumbs for TIFFs compressed using ZIP.

I've dropped them a note. I also noticed that in their own conversion routines you can output a tiff file uncompressed, in LZW, and a bunch of other compression methods but not ZIP.

LZW is about 20 years old and ZIP about 10, so maybe there is another reason they don't support it.
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