Skiljan (the program developer) says, ďIrfanView is a fast Freeware image
viewer/converter for Win9x/NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.Ē This description
doesnít do the program justice. You can also edit and transform images,
listen to many sound files, and view various video files.
Iíve used a few image viewers such as Broderbundís Photo Organizer,
Greenstreetís Picture Browser, and HijaakPro for Windows 3.1. I use the
following image editors: MS Photo Editor, MGI Photo Suite 4, Uleadís PhotoImpact
SE, Presto! ImageFolio LE, Metafile Companion, and Broderbundís American
Greetings CreataCard Platinum 5.
Download and Installation
To download the program files visit the web siteís Download page. It
has links to major download sites such as Tucows. Choose a site; download
iview370.exe (only 764KB) and all_plugins.exe (3,148KB). You can download
the plug-ins in parts if necessary.
Simply click on iview370.exe to install IrfanView then click on all_plugins.exe
to install the plug-ins. You chose the program location and everything
gets installed there (no changes to the registry).
IrfanView is free to non-commercial
users (home, schools & universities, and humanitarian organizations).
If you want to support further development, you can send Irfan Skiljan
$10 in cash. One commercial license is $10. If you need more than one license,
you can contact him via e-mail for pricing.
Running the Program
IrfanView displays images faster than any other image viewer Iíve used.
If you have very large scanned images (5 to 30 MB images), they do take
a while to display and to turn into thumbnails. In fact, itís so fast you
donít really need image browsers in which you have to create thumbnail
If youíve installed all the filters, you can use one program instead
of four or five to view/listen to your media files. It handles Microsoft
Media Player files such as AVI, DAT (Video CD), MID/RMI, MOV, MP3, MPG/MPEG,
and WAV. It also handles Apple QuickTime: formats such as MOV, QTIF, Mac
PICT, and FLI/FLC. It can display or run over 50 types of files so Iím
not going to list them all.
Unlike most image editors, IrfanView allows you to view and edit WMF
files. Figure 1 shows a bunny WMF with the explosion filter applied in
the process of gamma correction to darken its color.
You can view your icon files and your animated GIFs in action. You can
even view TXT files. I know of no other image browser that does that.
Thumbnails open in a separate window. You can display the directory
tree structure to easily navigate from folder to folder. The thumbnails
update automatically. This window allows you to create a slide show although
I couldnít save the ones I created. You can also create and save contact
sheets and save selected thumbnails as an image. You can use either one
of these to make your own printed catalog of images on your system.
Iíve only touched on the capabilities of IrfanView in this short review.
Check out the web site. While youíre there visit the Grafix page for wonderful
photos and great animated GIFs.
Operating system: Win9x/NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP, Free disk
space: 5.2 MB, more required for additional filters and other add-ons plus
Thumbnail Contact Sheets and images,
Soundcard to hear sound files.
To register the program, send your cash payment of $10 US or EUR 10
2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria, Europe.