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Faststone Image Viewer major update.

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by bilzmale, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Although I own PS CS5 and LR3 I still use Faststone Image Viewer for quick image review and manipulation. After about 9 months it has received a MAJOR upgrade to Ver. 4.3 with significant new editing tools. From the website:

    Version 4.3 (January 14, 2011)
    Added Clone Stamp and Healing Brush
    Added "Auto-Adjust Colors" to Colors menu. THANKS to Andras Horvath: log69.com
    Added "Adjust Lighting" to lighten or darken shadows and highlights
    Added "Adjust Levels"
    Added "Adjust Curves"
    Added USM (Unsharp Mask) option to Sharpen/Blur
    Added Sketch and Oil Painting effects
    Added outward-pointing tails to text objects in Draw Board
    Now images in Slide Show Builder, Multi-page File Builder, Image Strip Builder and Email list can be drag-and-dropped to rearrange the order
    Supported EPS format by displaying the preview image
    Updated the RAW format library. Sony SR2 raw format is supported
    Improved memory management to handle larger images
    Other minor bug fixes and improvements

    Download and try it and yes make a donation if you like it. :bravo-009:
  2. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Thanks for the notice.
    I might try it on another computer : don't want to mess up any aspect of how my older version works ...
    That always seems a risk with updates.
  3. stingOM

    stingOM Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 24, 2010
    Cheers for that info!
  4. BobBill

    BobBill Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2010
    MN USA
    Bob Hively-Johnson

    I wish to locate a decent RAW handler and saw your post. This software competes with Bibble etc, for PC users and handles RAW from say an OLY ep-2 etc?

    Basically, I take film pics and now in digital with Pen and print as in darkroom, with as few changes as nec, confined to dodging and filters (K2 Red etc) as needed to define final image.

    I need to review this software?
  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    BobBill Faststone should view RAW files but will not process them. Have a look at RawTherapee which is free but in a state of flux at the moment and Oloneo which is in beta and still free at the moment.
  6. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I use FastStone Image Viewer all the time, but not for real processing because I only shoot raw. It is ideal however for cropping, resizing, adding text to JPEG images like a © message etc. It is particularly good in resizing images because it uses the Lanczos algorithm by default, yielding sharp-looking pictures without further resharpening.

    Last week I installed V4.3 without any problems, in my experience this program doesn't mess up your computer.
  7. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Yes, I use FastStone for my reducing-for-t'internet all the time.
    From an open folder to the uploadable result it seems to be quicker than anything else, taking mouse clicks and load times into account too.
  8. BobBill

    BobBill Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2010
    MN USA
    Bob Hively-Johnson
    It appears now I will have to choose Bibble or the Efex Pro to dodge and print RAW in BW or convert to tiffs etc, but the Efex is confined to BW only, or am I further confused?
  9. loveimage

    loveimage New to Mu-43

    May 1, 2013
    nowdays image viewer can be used just as browser editor converter and any other image processing. so it would be pretty easy to manipulate images if you just download an appplication and installed. when you want to manipulate. drag and drop. choose the menu you need to use.

    windows image viewer .net
    web image viewer .net
  10. Roterneylastergen


    Aug 31, 2013
    That seems to be a pretty great tool for image processing..i guess i will try that.
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