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IrfanView 4.33 Free Image Viewer Review for Windows 7

IrfanView is freeware image viewing program for Windows i.e. it displays the stored graphical images. This application can view, edit, play video as well audio files, convert image files, optimize, create slideshows etc. Its interface is simple and clean. Irfanview is expandable with plug-ins and is light on system resources. It is fast and supports multiple file formats. You can also create images, take screenshots and paint with this software. Users need to pay attention during installation because it tries to drop third party software which are not required. This small in size program is quite easy to use and one of the most popular image editors out there.

What is new in this Version?

  • DIB-RLE bug, SGI bug and ANI/EMF/JPM loading bugs are fixed.
  • Plug-in crashes are fixed.
  • Improvements in many features.
  • Some new features are added like advanced batch dialog option, thumbnail options and many more.

1. Multi-Format Support

IrfanView supports a large number of video, audio and graphic formats. Supported audio/video formats are AIF, AU, SND, WMA, WMV, MPEG, MPG, MP4, MOV, AVI, ASF, WAV, OGG, RA, MP3, MID and MED. Supported graphic formats are ANI, CUR, AWD, B3D, BMP, DIB, CAM, CLP, CPT, CRW/CR2, DCM/ACR/IMA, DCX, DDS, DJVU, IW44, DXF, DWG, HPGL, CGM, SVG, ECW, EMF, EPS, PS, PDF, AI, EXR, FITS, FPX, FSH, G3, GIF, HDR, HDP, JXR, WDP, ICL, EXE, DLL, ICO, ICS, IFF, LMB, IMG, JP2, JPC, J2K, JPG, JPEG, JLS, JPM, KDC, Mac PICT, QTIF, MNG, JNG, MRC, MrSID, SID, DNG, EEF, NEF, MRW, ORF, RAF, DCR, SRF/ARW, PEF, X3F, RW2, NRW, NLM, NOL, NGG, PBM, PCD, PCX, PDF, PDN, PGM, PIC, PNG, PPM, PSD, PSP, PVR, RAS, SUN, RAW, YUV, RLE, SFF, SFW, SGI, RGB, SIF, SWF, FLV, TGA, TIF, TIFF, TTF, TXT, VTF, WAD, WAL, WBC, WBZ, WBMP, WebP, WMF, WSQ, XBM, XCF and XPM.

2. Editing, Painting and Effects

You can edit your images with Irfanview with multiple editing options like cutting, cropping, re-sizing, copy, paste, auto cropping at borders, customize, add overlay text/image(watermark), IPTC editing and much more. You can select paint option to draw lines, arrows, circles, for straightening image and much more. Then you can add effects to your images e.g. sharpen, blurr, sepia, explosion, filter factory, adobe 8BF etc. and enhance your image quality.

3. Screen Capturing, Thumbnails and Batch Conversion

Irfanview has the option to capture the screenshots, you can even select the area of screen or image that you want to capture. It can extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs and can perform batch conversion with advanced image processing. It has a thumbnail preview option, so that you can easily select the image of your choice and can do multipage TIF editing. It creates the directory of images through which you can scroll and also create slideshows.

4. Plug-ins, Hotkeys and Much More

Irfanview uses various plug-ins to add optional functionalities like multimedia player, filter processing, send file by email, lossless JPG rotation, lossless JPG crop, start OCR and many other plug-ins for extension. Then you have print option, unicode support, file search, toolbar and many hotkeys.

5. Command Line Options

Command line options are some options that allow you to set some functions of this application before the viewer is launched. Some of the useful command line tools are creating an instant slideshow, viewing all images in a directory, resizing lots of images at once, sending image collections to the printer, taking instant screenshots with a file timestamp, deny user permissions, searching for images quickly on your computer, creating a panorama image, output text files to a TIF file, setting of an image as desktop wallpaper and much more.

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