Tuesday, September 16, 2008

IrfanView - Comprehensive Graphic Viewer for Windows

Yesterday, we were trying to run a couple practice exams via CD to prepare for a security based certification. However, our normal players didn't support the required file format. As usual, it was time to perform a quick Internet search. After awhile, I found this one viewer, IrfanView, which supported many different file formats - to include the one I was searching for. I downloaded the viewer and then later its plugins. It worked like a champ for my particular task. Anyways, here is some information about IrfanView and its supported file formats.

From Mr. Irfan Skiljan's website:

What is IrfanView?

IrfanView is a very fast, compact and innovative FREEWARE image viewer/converter for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

IrfanView is fast and small, with extremely low system resources requirements. It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.

Supported file formats:
AIF, ANI/CUR, ASF, AU/SND, AVI, AWD, B3D, BMP/DIB, CAD formats, CLP, DDS, Dicom/ACR, DJVU, ECW, EMF/WMF, EPS/PS/PDF, EXR, FITS, FPX (FlashPix), FSH, G3, GIF, HDR, HDP/WDP, ICO/ICL/EXE/DLL, IFF/LBM, IMG (GEM), JPG2000, JPG, JPM, KDC, LDF, LWF, MED, MID/RMI, MNG/JNG,OV, MP3, MPG, MrSID, NLM/NOL/NGG, OGG, PBM/PGM/PPM, PCX/DCX, PhotoCD, PNG, PSD, PSP, PVR, RAS/SUN, RAW, Real Audio (RA), RLE, SFF, SFW, SGI/RGB, SWF/FLV, TGA, TIF, TTF, TXT, WAD, WAV, WBMP, XBM, XPM, CRW/CR2, VTF, DNG, NEF, ORF, RAF, MRW, DCR, X3F, PEF, SRF, EFF, DXF, DWG, HPGL, CGM, SVG, etc.

Some features of IrfanView:
Multi language support, thumbnail option, slideshow, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, email, print, Paint plugin - to paint lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc., support for color profiles, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop, IPTC edit, capturing, lossless JPG operations, effects (sharpen, blur, Adobe Photoshop filters), EXE/SCR creating, many hotkeys, many command line options, 50+ plugins...

Microsoft Media Player Plug-In: allows IrfanView to read following formats: ASF, AU/SND/AIF, AVI, MID/RMI, MOV, MP3, MPG/MPEG, WAV, WMA, WMV.

Support for Apple QuickTime (Plug-In): allows IrfanView to read following formats: MOV, QTIF, Mac PICT, and FLI/FLC.

IrfanView was the first Windows graphic viewer (worldwide) with Animated-GIF support!

FREEWARE for non commercial use!

By the way, this was an unsolicited and unpaid post.

3 comments:

nongeekboy said...

I use IrfanView for 2 years now, and I can say that is the best viewer for windows (freeware) that you can find. I'm very pleased with it.

esofthub said...

Thanks for the comment nongeekboy. I've been using for about a week and no complaints yet.

Steven Rosenberg said...

IrfanView is my primary photo editing application in Windows. It does what I need quicker and easier than The GIMP or Photoshop.