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Which image viewer do you use/recommend?

Feb 8, 2013 8:28 AM

Tags: #image #viewer

At the moment i'm using Faststone Image Viewer (just for quick viewing of my finished images).

 

I was wondering if there are any other good image viewers that other Lightroom users use & would recommend?

 

I know i can search Google, but i haven't been able to find any other good ones. Perhaps other users have?

 

Ideally they would have the ability to zoom with the mouse wheel, and browse backwards and forwards through the images with the mouse buttons, but this is not an essential requirement here.

 
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    Feb 8, 2013 8:36 AM   in reply to Pbeck1

    I never saw the need to have a different Image viewer than Lr.

    I think Lr is the best.

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 9:17 AM   in reply to Pbeck1

    Can't you see your finished photos in Lr?

    What do you mean by "borderless"?

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 9:40 AM   in reply to Pbeck1

    Yes, thanks for the clarification. I understand now.

    But I don't have any advice on Image Viewers because I never looked at any one.

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 9:43 AM   in reply to Pbeck1

    For what I consider to be general viewing, I simply use Lightroom. I know that Lightroom has a slideshow utility and various other features for looking at images. But, like you, I use Faststone Viewer to look at finished groups because it is a little faster (in my opinion), and I like to use their magnification feature. I also like to use FV to create executable slideshows for sharing and distribution under certain circumstances. I don't use it a lot, but I think it is a handy little utility to have available.

     

     

    A lot of people like to use Picasa. I don't like it because it just seems to take over my computer and manages images in it's own way. And I don't like that at all. So I have left it alone completely.

     

     

    Faststone Viewer certainly isn't something that is really necessary. But it is a handy little utility to have at times. And it's the right price, too.

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 10:04 AM   in reply to Pbeck1

    Irfanview.

     

    Quick, lightweight, capable - I've relied on it for the thick end of ten years now.

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 10:11 AM   in reply to JimHess

    A couple others that are both fast and popular:

     

    FastPictureViewer: http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/

    IrfanView: http://www.irfanview.com/

     

    Some people swear by ACDSee 2.x, but newer versions have been much slower.

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 1:45 PM   in reply to Pbeck1

    HI

     

    XNview is a good viewer too.

     
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  • HarrieB
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    Feb 8, 2013 2:53 PM   in reply to Pbeck1

    LR is much too slow for a quick detailed view of the photo's. I want to see what to throw away before I let LR import new pictures. Therefore I need a quick 1:1 view and use ACDSee Pro 5 to do that.

    At the moment version 6 sells for 50 USD, the normal price is 100 USD.

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 5:02 PM   in reply to HarrieB

    +1 vote for ACDSee.

     

    If you only want fast viewing, you don't need the pro version, although I could argue for buying it anyway if you can afford it.

     

    ACDSee started life as a viewer only - very popular among porno surfers (or so I heard ) due to extremely fast speed and ability to display images as they came in from the net...

     

    It's also a *very* nice (jpeg and) raw editor too - dcraw-based, and as such doesn't have the same quality raw engine as Lightroom (or at least that was true for previous versions - haven't tried the last few versions - could be better now), but otherwise: very nice, in my opinion. - non-destructive, like Lightroom.

     

    Rob

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 5:12 PM   in reply to Rob Cole

    Fact: Irfanview's faster and more lightweight than any other software mentioned so far. Been there, tested 'em all.

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 5:31 PM   in reply to Keith_Reeder

    It's hard to imagine any viewer being any faster than ACDSee, which is *lightning* fast. - irfanview:

     

    Lighter weight? - yes.

    Faster? - if you say so...

     

    (I've tried both too, but never measured nor noticed speed difference)

     

    But, light-weight foot-print often means light-weight features - e.g. ACDSee has *very* nice slideshower... - I keep it open always when using Lightroom - publish via Lightroom, view via ACDSee...

     

    PS - Not trying to sell nor compete, just sharing my experience... - irfanview may be all you need...

     

    Cheers,

    Rob

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 6:16 PM   in reply to Rob Cole

    Neither am I trying to sell ACDSee. Tried Irfanview, Xnview and a lot of others. Mat made me choose ACDSee is the fact that it is easy to keep the 100% between images, focusing on exact the same point. This is very convenient with series, where you can easily reject the ones where (for instance) the eyes are just not sharp enough. Tag the best or least good ones to keep or get rid of them immediately.

     

    And as you said, it comes with a lot more (batch rename, resize, convert profile) and many other helpers, in which it is often faster than LR too.

     
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    Feb 8, 2013 6:32 PM   in reply to DavidRitch

    DavidRitch wrote:

     

    Some people swear by ACDSee 2.x, but newer versions have been much slower.

    Hadn't noticed, but then I don't drive it so hard like I used to...

     
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    Feb 9, 2013 6:37 AM   in reply to Pbeck1

    Pbeck1 wrote:

     

    I've tried Irfanview here and the lack of zooming with the mouse wheel is a big turn off for me. I really don't understand why there is not an option for that.

    But there is.

     

    CTRL+Mouse Wheel = Zoom

     
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    Feb 9, 2013 9:01 AM   in reply to Pbeck1

    Pbeck1 wrote:

     

    Speaking for just myself here, i want to be able to view my images using just the mouse (without having to use the keyboard). Maybe i'm being fussier than the average user. Irfanview does seem good, and i'm sure most users would love it, but for me for that reason, no.

    It seems to me that you are almost as unfamiliar with Irfanview  as I am. I must admit that I didn't even realize slideshows were available. I have used the program for file conversions and other things, but didn't realize or explore some of the features that are there. Anyway, if you examine your options when creating a slideshow, you will find that you can set it so that using the keyboard or the mouse will advance the images. That doesn't mean I'm trying to persuade you to use Irfanview for slideshows because FS is still pretty good, in my opinion.

     
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    Feb 9, 2013 9:29 PM   in reply to JimHess

    I really like the full-screen interface of FastStone, but the only one of these viewers that seems to use the proper color profile for my wide-gamut monitor is Irfanview.  FastImageViewer requires that I specifically call out the monitor profile in its options (and I know I'll forget to update it), and the others seem to simply ignore the output profile.

     

    Am I doing something wrong, or does everyone have this same issue?

     
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  • HarrieB
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    Feb 10, 2013 3:24 AM   in reply to DavidRitch

    Hope I don't soud too advertisiing but ACDSee also has a Color Managemant option for input and output, and so for your monitor...

     
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    Feb 10, 2013 4:44 AM   in reply to HarrieB

    Harrietb - I take it that's only the pro version, right?  As far as I can tell, the free version makes no mention of color management.  Also - in the version that support it, does it get the monitor profile from the system (as it should, and as the Adobe products do) or to you have to specify it, like FastPictureViewer?  You're right - it is really fast.

     
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    Feb 10, 2013 5:07 AM   in reply to DavidRitch

    Since I only have the Pro version I can only speak of that. Yes, you can select a monitor profile from your system, same for your printer.

     
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