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10 October 2003, 10:41 PM
Hi I've been using ACDSee for a while now, but since the advent of professional digital photography I've found that it is really slow for huge jpeg files and doesn't have RAF file support (the RAW file from FinePix S2 Pro), which in my case is a must. Lately I've tried many solutions avaliable in the market for image browsing, but I've found many of them just terrible, some are fast but miss some pretty cool and useful features, like lossless image rotation, batch rename, exif data support, contact sheet printing, etc.

Here is some of the solutions that I've been testing:

- Photo Mechanic (
- Firegraphic 6 (
- CompuPic Pro (
- IMatch Image Management (
- Adobe Photoshop Album v1.0 (
- Visualizer IB (
- IView Media (
- XnView (
- Irfan View (
- Thumbplus (
- ACDSee 6 (
- CodedColor (
- Extensis Portfolio (

I want to hear your experience with them, and which one do you recomend. Since I deale with a huge number of photos in high resolution I'm searching for a fast and robust solution, with the largest file type support possible :)

Well see you all later! :)

10 October 2003, 11:09 PM
I use SuperJPG (
Decent enough for my purposes.

10 October 2003, 11:59 PM

Thanks Stroker one more to be tested :D

10 October 2003, 02:10 PM
For me, the thumb-nail view in XP Explorer is enough in combination with the image viewer... but then again I'm not a photographer and rarely deal with huge amounts of image-files, other than rendered sequences...

I always hate having to wait for an extra program to load just to view my images, especially if I know that I won't use about 95% of the features being loaded...

10 October 2003, 04:15 PM
I use ifran view, tho it probably does not have batch renaming :), but is fast.

10 October 2003, 06:17 PM
Yes IrfanView DOES have batch renaming... even sequentially if i remember correctly. ;)

Speaking of sequences... it can also extract separate frames (images) out of any animated Gif file.

You have to look under the FILE menu for some of the "extra" function it has. It's quite a robusk little app actually, specially considering it's FREE.

BTW... i use IrfanView. Have since the first version. It handles just about ANY media file; image/video/audio... and can even play Flash movie files and open Photoshop PSD files too. I love using it to browse my PSD files. Just open one and hit the spacebar to run through every image in a folder, including the PSD files.
Check it out. :D


10 October 2003, 10:48 PM
Cool, thanks I've checked him out, it's good, but it misses a thumbnail view for quick image selection.

ACDSee has the mPower that gives image preview for most types of files avaliable on the market right in your right click, is really cool and simple to use, but he doesn't deale really good with huge files. But for you guys that work with small and few files he might be great.

I'll keep looking for the holy grail :)

Thank's to you all, for all the tips and comments.

See ya!

10 October 2003, 07:50 AM
Well if you're using Win98/Win2K/WinXP you should already have a preview of your images over on the left side of your folders. Provided you have this option turned on in your folder settings. All you have to do is click on the file to see a preview of it.

And if you're using WinXP, then you can also just change your folder view into "thumbnails". Done deal. :thumbsup:

Besides that though... what's the time dif if you double-click and image to view it, or right click and have to browse down a menu to see a thumbnail, versus the real image...? I don't see where there's any time loss or inconvenience being had in that situation. ;)

One thing about ACDSee is... it's not FREE like IrfanView is.

10 October 2003, 08:50 AM
in irfan, just press T key for thumbnails :)

10 October 2003, 06:59 AM
Irfan Rocks my world :buttrock:

I cant imagine my computer without Irfan. Thats the first peice of software i d/l after a format.

So simple to Use
Small program with big balls.
Great picture compression. a 800kb jpg will be shrunk down to 80kb with no quality loss.

10 October 2003, 10:19 AM
hey cool guys! It's gr8 to see i'm not the only one tuned into IrfanViews wonderous abilities. :thumbsup:


10 October 2003, 10:09 PM
WOw thanks for the remarkable to say the least..awesome prog!!

10 October 2003, 11:33 AM
I often use the stadard "picturewiew" for Windows XP,
but sometimes I even use "Adobe Image Ready 7.0".

10 October 2003, 05:59 PM
yup, that's me. I've never really liked using any other image browser. I kind of like this super basic thumbnails only display. IT generates them in a mad fast manner too, way faster than the built in file browser in PS.

10 October 2005, 02:34 PM
I guess I'm just cheap or something. . . "Windows Picture and Fax Viewer", or the "Filmstrip" display option (when Windows decides to let me use it). Slow, but it works.

10 October 2005, 03:39 PM
Anyone got any good image browser suggestions for a Mac G5...?

(I use Irfanview on my laptop and ACDsee at the office ,both PCs, but i've recntly bought a Mac for 2D stuff at home.)

10 October 2005, 12:48 AM
If you use Windows XP, MS put out a RAW viewer ( not too long ago. Basically it lets you view RAWs in a folder like you would a jpeg (it works fine for my .CR2 files).

If you're using PS CS or CS2 you can test out the File Browser (CS) or Adobe Bridge (CS2). The file browser in CS was a vast improvement over previous versions and now it's called Bridge and is a stand alone program that comes with the CS2 versions of Adobe's software. I can't really say how it fares compared to other programs as I've never used them (too lazy to look around I suppose), but I like it well enough; especially since it now works with InDesign and Illustrator docs.

02 February 2006, 09:34 AM
And if you're annoyed by Windows XPs shell inconsistency, you can download this little program here:

It'll make it possible to get thumbnail previews right on the desktop or throughout the shell (in open/close dialogs, etc.) - really, really useful.

06 June 2006, 11:05 AM
duddlebug: I used XnView on my mac but it is quite cumbersome, I still use Preview...

06 June 2006, 11:55 AM
Well just to view the images I use the built in features of XP (thumbnails and Image viewer), but if I think I might be editing the image, I load Photoshop CS2 and go straight to the Bridge, excellent software for Photo quality images and not so much as quality. Use Bridge, its cool. You can even Resize your images to larger or smaller versions, even multiple images at once, fo those that know the image processing function.

So really, if you already have Photoshop CS/2, then why fork out more money to view images? Maybe for batch renaming, but maybe the Bridge can do this too!

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