Although Google’s Picasa has pretty much sewn up the free image viewer market, it is fairly obvious that this once lithe and nimble utility is fast putting on the middle-age spread as more features and facilities are added. Propellerhead is still a big Picasa fan but if all you want is a decent image viewer that shows you exactly what’s on your PC, in double quick time and without having to wade through the frills and fripperies then take a look at FastStone.
The latest freeware beta is now available for download and in addition to fast image browsing it has a number of editing functions, including a nifty full-screen mode with hidden toolbars, image comparison, red-eye removal, resizing, cropping, colour adjustment, emailing.
There’s an EXIF display for showing camera info, magnifier, fancy slideshow effect, image annotation, drop shadow, scanner support and it supports virtually all image and graphics file formats. There’s scores of great freeware links and more PC tips than you can shake a stick at on the PCTopTips website, so why not pop over and have a look?