IrfanView is a fast, flexible , compact and the most popular freeware that supports many graphic programs: BMP, DIB, JPEG, GIF,TGA and more. IrfanView comes with an impressive list of features including slideshows, screenshots, Twain support, drag-and-drop support, batch conversion, fast directory viewing, multi-language support, multipage editing command line options, plug-ins and more.
As the IrfanView is available for free it targets no-commercial use. The layout is designed to offer even the least experienced users a simple way to handle the program. At first glance, the main interface presents itself with just a plain empty window with a toolbar, but in fact when you click in the main window it offers a wide range of neatly organized options. Shortcuts offer view similar to Windows Explorer, that can display all the images in a specific folder. The latest version includes a standard drawing pallet which can be approached by pressing the F12 key. It consists of simple options such as erase, draw, fill, rotate and color picker, ideal for making screenshots or lightening image specs.
With Irfanview users can make multiple image edits including resizing, cropping, enhancing and sharpening and save it just once without saving individual adjustments. Along with other features Irfanview allows creating panoramic images thanks to incorporated wizard. Unfortunately, it lacks a decent caching system.
To conclude, when it comes to handling photos, editing, making panoramas, Irfanview is one of the best image editor application. It is fast, packed with lots of features, supports almost nay format and is free for personal use.
See also IrfanView PlugIns.