- Image viewer
An image viewer or image browser is a
computer programthat can display stored graphical image; it can often handle various graphics file formats. Such software usually renders the image according to properties of the display such as color depth, display resolution, and color profile.
Although one may use a full-featured
bitmap graphics editor(such as Photoshopor the GIMP) as an image viewer, these have many editing functionalities which are not needed for just viewing images, and therefore usually start rather slowly. Also, most viewers have functionalities that editors usually lack, such as stepping through all the images in a directory (possibly as a slideshow).
Image viewers give maximal flexibility to the user by providing a direct view of the directory structure available on a hard disk. Most image viewers do not provide any kind of automatic organization of pictures and therefore the burden remains on the user to create and maintain their folder structure (using tag- or folder-based methods). However, some image viewers also have features for organizing images, especially an image database, and hence can also be used as
Typical features of image viewers are:
* basic viewing operations such as zooming and rotation
* fullscreen display
* screen capture
Advanced features are:
* decode next image in advance and keep previous decoded image in memory for fast image changes
* display (and edit)
metadatasuch as XMP, IPTC Information Interchange Modeland Exif
* batch conversion (image format, image dimensions, etc.) and renaming
* different transition effects for slideshows
Common image viewers include:;Windows
Windows Explorer- file managerwith basic built-in functionality for image viewing
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
ACDSee, XnView, IrfanView, FastStone Image Viewer, FastPictureViewer;UNIX-like
XnView, xv, Kuickshow, GThumb(Linux)
Comparison of image viewers
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