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.