Free FastStone Image Viewer – Stands Up to XNView and Irfanview

FastStone Image Viewer is one of my favorite photo applications, with good reason. It’s not just a viewer, but an image browser, converter, and an editor as well. You’ll find the interface intuitive and very easy to use.

This program is loaded with features including, renaming, cropping, color adjustments, lossless JPEG transformation, drop shadow effects, image frames, scanner support, histogram and much more.


With FastStone installed you’ll have support for all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA.

Quick Facts:

Windows Explorer-like user interface

Supports popular image formats

Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels

One-click image magnifier

Red-Eye removal/reduction

Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, brightness/contrast, etc.

Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment

Image special effects: watermark, annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, lens, morph, waves

Multi-level Undo/Redo capability

Acquire images from a scanner

Screen capture capability

A no-install, fully portable version, can be run from a removable storage device

Latest Version 3.5 – January 15/2008

FastStone Image Viewer includes two versions in one installation:

Standard Edition – Free for private or educational use.

Professional (Pro) Edition – Registration required.

Download at:

This article is a followup to an earlier review of this application in April, 2008.


Filed under Freeware, Graphic Software, Image Editors, Photo Tools, Software, USB, Windows Tips and Tools

3 responses to “Free FastStone Image Viewer – Stands Up to XNView and Irfanview

  1. whatsonmypc


    FastStone Image Viewer is a class act and is my default graphic viewer. It is also available as a portable app… Thanks for a great review.


  2. g

    i also used faststone for awhile. still my vote goes to xnview.

  3. freewareelite

    Fast Stone Capture also available as a screen capture and is integrated into the FastStone Viewer.

    For the review, visit: