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I just downloaded the latest version of Irfanview. After three tutorials, I still cannot figure out what it will do that my other graphics and photo editing programs will not do. I realize that a lot of people use it. Am I missing something?

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Re:Irfanview (it's a viewer/converter...)

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But what it can do is at which I won't duplicate here.

Why some will download and use such is they don't have a viewer or convertor for some graphic format. There is also some finer optimizing for some of the graphic formats.

Not everyone needs it.


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Re:Re:Irfanview (it's a viewer/converter...)

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I read all that was on that website before I downloaded it, and it looked like some of the same things I can do with PSP. Just thought I'd ask because others with PSP still recommend Irfanview. Figured perhaps I had missed some important feature. Thanks.

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Look at the supported file formats.

In reply to: Re:Re:Irfanview (it's a viewer/converter...)

It's longer than most...


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Re: Look at the supported file formats.

In reply to: Look at the supported file formats.

Another free graphic tool (viewer, converter, modifier) that has an much longer list of supported graphic formats is XnView.

XnView can read about 400 formats, and writes about 50.
IrfanView can read about 40 formats and write about 20.
However the most popular formats, the ones you are most likely to ever need, are supported by both.

XnView is larger, and more complicated, but it does have a LOT more features, especially in the editing area. However, being more feature rich makes it harder to fully master, and also slower to startup. Also, it requires an installation, whereas IrfanView can be run without being installed. XnView will not fit on a floppy (remember those?) but IrfanView will, with a lot of space left, too.

One of the things going for XnView, though, is that it comes not only in dozens of languages, but also for many different operating systems (Windows, Mac, Amiga, UNIX of many flavors, etc.)

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In reply to: Irfanview

It's free. It rolls a lot of functions (batch renaming, slide shows, format conversions) that the other programs have all into one package. And it's free.

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I Use It, Because It Is FAST !

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Want to see a graphic?

Double click the file name and BANG, it is on the screen.


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Very small and fast program

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It does almost all of the basic picture editing functions, ie. resizing, cropping, color depth, color enhancement, and a choice of picture size and
placement when printing. Opening many types of graphics files has already been mentioned.
I have a few other editing programs which are huge, and of course include some more options, but I wind up using Irfanview about 95% of the time.

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Re: Very small and fast program, with +++

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Along with everything already mentioned about my favorite tool, IrfanView, (free, viewer, multi-format converter, basic editor, cropper, etc.) there is also:

1) the ability to use it as a very nice screen (or active window) capture tool, a slide show viewer either within the tool or to create stand-alone .EXE files that do not require other files.

2) It also is small! you can place the whole program (it doesn't need to be installed) on a floppy and still have more than half the floppy left to place other files and pictures. that make it very portable.

3) You can use it to view/edit the EXIF info in photos (camera recorded details - like camera type and lens settings, exposure times, etc) and the IPTC data (keywords, personal details, captions, credits, etc.) very tricky.

4) easily see the Hex data of the picture.

5) to move or copy large amounts of pictures from one place to another with or without file renaming performed at the same time.

6) an easy "Copy Shop" for those that have a scanner (or any TWAIN device) and printer to easily make captures and prints.

7) creating multi-page JPM, LDF or TIF images (not many, if any other, free tools can do this).

8, 9 and 10) it's free and fast and free! Happy

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