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Giveaway of the day — FastPictureViewer

FastPictureViewer Professional is an image viewer with the speed and features to help you review digital photos faster than ever before.
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User rating: 369 (51%) 348 (49%) 86 comments

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FastPictureViewer Professional is a photographer-oriented image viewer and culling tool, featuring native 64-bit support, fully color-managed raw image viewing, industry-standard Adobe XMP rating functions and hardware acceleration with support for multiple processors. It was designed as the perfect companion to any digital asset management software suite such as Adobe Lightroom or Microsoft's Expression Media. Coupled with the FastPictureViewer WIC Codec Pack it provides access to raw formats from more then 300 digital camera models, along with standard image formats such as Adobe DNG, TIFF, HD Photo, GIF, BMP and JPEG. The program is available in 12 languages.

The FastPictureViewer WIC Codec Pack, a companion product to FastPictureViewer Professional, extends Windows 7 and Windows Vista with full support for 19 raw image formats, covering 12 manufacturers and about 300 camera models. The image decoders provide Explorer thumbnails and full viewing in Windows Photo Gallery (and Windows Media Center on Windows 7) and can be installed on Windows XP SP3, where it provides raw thumbnail views in Windows Explorer.

If you are 64bit system user follow the link here. File Size: 4.86 MB

System Requirements:

Windows 7, Vista, Server 2008, XP SP3 (with some limitations)

Publisher:

Axel Rietschin Software Developments

Homepage:

http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/

File Size:

4.84 MB

Price:

$29.90

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#86

FastPricureViewer solved a problem I have been having with tethered shooting in my studio. With my original setup, it was taking about 9-10 seconds to display an image on my computer monitor after taking a photo. After installing FastPricureViewer the display time dropped to 2-3 seconds which works for my application.

Reply   |   Comment by Lawrence Keeney  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

Anyone know if the new update (10/18/2009) is valid for this giveaway?

Reply   |   Comment by bswarm  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#84

Axel: “You can always uncheck any codec(s) that you don’t want to install ;-)”

I try installing Thumbnail provider for Windows XP and Canon RAW Codec 1.5.
After the computer restarts I don't see any thumbnail for CR2 file. Why?
I've expected that it supports “any other existing WIC-enabled codecs”.

Reply   |   Comment by Kirill  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#83

Installed Fast Picture Viewer and also installed the "Windows Imaging Component" that came with the GOTD download as well, restarted the computer, but upon trying to run Fast Picture Viewer, I got a message in a black window that said I needed to install the "Windows Imaging Component"...even though I just did! Instead of downloading from the official Microsoft website (as the message in the black window directed), I googled "Windows Imaging Component" and then downloaded it from Brothersoft at this address:

http://www.brothersoft.com/windows-imaging-component-78469.html

I ran the download to install the Windows Imaging Component, clicked on the Fast Picture Viewer and then it ran through without the message and I was finally able to activate it.

Maybe the problem was because the GOTD downlaod came with Windows Imaging Component 1.21 and the one I downloaded from Brothersoft is 1.0 ...I don't know.

If you're harassed by Microsoft's "Windows Genuine Advantage", do not fret because in downloading the Windows Imaging Component from Brothersoft you need not worry about any of that since it goes through without any check.

Reply   |   Comment by D  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#82

I have Vista 64x and it kept saying that the program was registered on install but I could not find it on restart but the Codex configuration installed. Upon running the codex the only choice was to force run (Nikon) was the only choice available. I tried several times to then re-install Fast Picture Viewer and finally it came up as not registered as time to register had expired.
All the programs I have used from GOTD in the past have worked until I tried to use this one.
I just want it off my computer at this time. No Thanks GOTD on this one!

Reply   |   Comment by J. Tenzer  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#81

I had been using the same viewer since win95, that being vueprintpro, and hard as I looked could never find anything to match it for speed, simplicity and capability, until now that is.

"Fast Picture Viewer" is a gem and should be snapped up for free while you can get it.

Please note my experience with the program relates to Windows 7 only.

Reply   |   Comment by Geoff Taylor  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#80

Setting itself as the default viewer - WITHOUT asking permission and not allowing the installation folder to be selected were enough for a negative vote. -Uninstalled.-

Reply   |   Comment by Bruno  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#79

Does not hjave even half the features or capacities of the free irfan viewer. Download irfan viewer and its plug in pack (both always have been and always will be free) and you will have a far superior viewer and image management system.

Reply   |   Comment by Anna  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#78

I don't understand what this program does that all the other photo viewers don't do. I have an 5 year old PC and pictures are always displayed fast. It may have useful features for professionals but I didn't read anything in the program description that was interesting.

A free alternative could be Google Picasa 3.5 which has nice features like face recognition and organization by face. It also supports geotaging that will put location information into your pictures.

Reply   |   Comment by danzeb  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#77

Like #32 Tony I use ViewNX (browser), CaptureNX (RAW conversion), and Photoshop when working with my NEF RAW files. FastPictureViewer is nice and simple, and I like that. And it is indeed fast (although it can easily gobble up alot of memory based upon how many files are loaded)! Plenty of options to configure the browser as you wish. The GPU hardware acceleration is a nice feature, and I especially like the easy color management. Like Tony I find the histogram a bit troublesome... no where close to what the Nikon software shows for RAW histograms. FastPictureViewer won't be replacing ViewNX (free) on my systems but thanks to Axel and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#76

For everyone who's complaining that this program doesn't do everything under the kitchen sink. This program only has ONE purpose. And one purpose alone. The ablity to review photos as fast as possible. No other view comes close to its speed.

Why would anyone need it? Because some people need to save seconds off every photo view. If you have to go through 2000 photos in one day and it shaves off 1/2 second of loading time each photo. You save 15 minutes of just on load time.

Reply   |   Comment by spamdie  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#75

The program registered as the PRO Edition. My Windows XP installation is fully patched and the recommended ATI drivers are installed on my machine. Seems to work just fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Cut to the Chase  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#74

I tried to install this program on Win 7
but was told it was incompatible with
this type of processor(intel core2 quad Q9400)
That was for the 64 version. I then
tried the 32 version and it installed fine
on Win 7. I will have to try it with Vista
on the same machine.

Reply   |   Comment by txgoogoo  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#73

@hjk #24: "No option to change language (not that I could find, anyway)."

There is a way, only it is not supported through the GUI.
Go to the install-folder. You'll find many "FastPictureViewer.XX.dll"-files, where XX= 'abbreviated language'

1. -Rename the language-file you are currently using (for backup-purposes). This is the language that is automatically chosen for you, but also the one you obviously don't like (most people are fine with it of course).

2. -Then copy the language-file of your choise and rename this copy like the one that was initially chosen through installing the app.
There you go ...

Reply   |   Comment by ALF  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#72

It's a nice software but just out of curiosity can somebody tell me whether today’s Giveaway has or not more EXTRA FEATURES than other award-winning FREEWARE, such as IrfanView or Faststone Image Viewer, that can justify its price???


Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Bin09  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#71

I have installed this on XP 2 and it works, though sometimes the system hangs for a while after very fast browsing. Without going to too many details, I wish to add:

Pros:

To my curiosity, it is able to display 'raw-raw' *.crw files (from the open source CHDK software for Canon) without need to convert them to *.dng. So it may be really useful for me to preview my photos.. (sorry for the jargon, but who uses it, knows...)

Cons:

I cannot make it display a folder, not even a part from it!
The interface does not look for me like the pic on the GAOTD webpage, where I can see more photos on one page, and pointing at a pic enlarges it, possibly as in the ACDSee (Vista only?? Or am I doing anything wrong??..)
All I can do is to open Explorer and point at a folder to browse it.

I was unable to install it on a pendrive, one cannot change the directory; I am not very experienced with command line operations and did not wish to mess the main installation...

Conclusions

It looks useful, but ONLY for the sake of quick previewing, we will see if it makes no further problems with the 'elderly' Win XP 2 system.

Reply   |   Comment by Cassie  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#70

Only 32bit version downloads with the GAOTD link, must get 64bit online at their site AND IT IS NOT FULL It's only a TRIAL, at least this is my experience... figures..... i thought everyone that was pc craZy had 64bit by now, sheesh and 4 core 8 thread machines... anyway its lame compared to other image programs like CompuPic Professionalis a whole lot faster than this is, 4 images a second with it, this one lol well uh... CompuPic blows this out of the water as for speed, so no choice what iam going to use... "~GO COMPU-PIC!!!" www.photodex.com

Reply   |   Comment by StanDP  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#69

The program does what it says, but for $29.95 they need to add more features to compete with other program.

Add GIF support,
Add Resizing,
Cropping...


Thanks #54 for your post. This clears it up for me. I'll stick with IrfanView which has these features for free.

Reply   |   Comment by VegMedley  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#68

You all should also consider that latest Windows Live Photo Gallery system tool has new features to manipulate pics... Not sure, if you really need a new picture viewer at all.
Free codecs instead are a nice gift for all.

Reply   |   Comment by uno  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#67

Set itself as default viewer. Nothing in options to override this. Uninstalled

Reply   |   Comment by DonS  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#66

Installed fine, and runs fine, but what bothered me, like some others (admit, didn't read the FAQ for changing install directory - but who thinks on that, in a time where most of us don't have tiny 4 GB hard drives with only 1 partition and it should already be common to know, that one usually keeps C as pure system partition only and no program has anything to do on C) that the installation directory cannot be choosen. For me thats a no no too, as I am very picky with keeping my system partition free of anything else.

After playing with the program I have deinstalled it again.
Its certainly a nice program, but by far not satisfying in terms of options. Compared with the free Fast Stone Image Viewer and even more with the free Irfan viewer, I must honestly say, that FastPictureViewer is lightyears away from being able to compete with those two. It might have the potential for future development, but not yet.

I am using Irfan since years and it has grown into a mighty and feature rich software, worth much more than $29 - but its still free.
It can do everything that Fast Picture Viewer can, and much better. Plus with tons of plugins (compared with Fast Picture Viewer's 1 little plugin for setting wallpaper) there is almost nothing imaginable that Irfan can't do. View histogram, view and edit exif info, view hex info, rotate, crop, label, frame or even draw on pictures, filters, color adjustment, OCR, Pdf, nearly each and every existing file format, pictures from scanner or camera, etc. etc. Thumbnail view, batch processing, edit with external program, slide show, sort by every thinkable criteria, thumbnail viewer with folder tree and and and...And its also much faster, plus now, portable.

With further development and improvement Fast Picture Viewer has potential.

For now Irfan keeps on holding first place
http://www.irfanview.net/
and FastStone Image Viewer follows as number 2:
http://www.faststone.org/

Reply   |   Comment by bine07  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#65

This sucks, look at pictures, there are so many programs that you can do that just as well with, it does nothing else....pardon my french but THANK YOU to the person that posted about Faststone THAT is great!

Reply   |   Comment by Bea  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#64

#53: There is an easier way to install to a different folder - at least on WinXP Media Center SP2. I wanted to install it to my Programs folder on my L drive. I created a new (empty) folder in the Programs folder on my L drive. I saved the install file into that new folder, and then ran the install file from within that new folder. It automatically automatically chose the Programs folder on my L drive for installation, just as I wanted it to do. The program ran as promised and without incident. I restarted my computer and restarted the program to see if there would be problems. It again ran as promised. I regularly use the free XNView and free Irfanview as image viewers, rather than opening Photoshop or PSP, but this is a much faster viewer. XNView and Irfanview have minimal editing functions that this does not have, but for strictly an image viewer, this performs well. I'll keep it as a supplement to my other graphics software - not as a replacement.

Reply   |   Comment by Sparky  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#63

Works well on XP sp3 and Vista, a free nice alternative is:
Irfanwiev http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm
This is a Viewer and editor "on the go" as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Jammingcats  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#62

This might be worth getting just for the Windows Imaging component! When I switched over from 2KPro to XP, I was devastated to find that Windows Imaging had been replaced by a new default image viewer (= Windows Picture and Fax Viewer). Windows Imaging is FAR superior and was VERY difficult to get for free (i.e., not as incorporated into another viewing program you had to buy). Every now and then when I open something with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, I am always amazed how crummy the pics are and glad that I managed to get Windows Imaging back!

Please note that annotations made in Windows Imaging are NOT read by Windows Picture and Fax Viewer!! You might want to check if this is perhaps true for this program as well......

Reply   |   Comment by Janet  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#61

What does this have extra over picasa's new viewer?

Reply   |   Comment by Irha  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#60

Wow! Really a fast viewer. Is it worth installing another app just to view pictures? Depends. I have around 8,000 pictures. Need to quickly view AND DELETE a ton of them This is quick for that. So, thumbs up. If I can delete about 5000 or more of my pics, I wont need this anymore. But, 9/10 for what it does.

BTW to see film strip, mov e your cursor to the top. (I use Windows 7)

Raj

Reply   |   Comment by Raj  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#59

Question:this program it say that work with:Adobe DNG and HD Photo,anybody know if :Irfan,Xn View,Fast Stone work with this format?Posibility to improve:maintain the speed and add the follow functions:edit metadata,brightness,contrast,saturation,crop,resize.This i think that is enough like basic.If are too much fuctions,speed will be slow.

Reply   |   Comment by Doru  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#58

Another good freeware--fast viewer

http://kometbomb.net/projects/viewer2/

Reply   |   Comment by jeeva  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#57

If you like the weird interface and don't miss all the features usually present in [free!] image viewers like Irfanview, you may just love this program. For me, the sequential image display and crude zoom alone makes it unusable.
I'm amazed that anybody had the nerve to charge money for it.
By the way, the typically non-searchable help isn't a disadvantage in this case because there are obviously so few features that you won't be missing any critical information. Often a program has many flaws but does one task so well that you find some people raving about it. This program does nothing! better than any other image viewer.
PS: Hope you like black backgrounds.

Reply   |   Comment by marinus  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#56

#39: "Any suggestions on a free viewer that will work in Window 7 x64, is nice & simple & animates animated gifs?"

Well I've been using the free FreshView all spring & summer in 7 64 without seeing a problem, though it doesn't even list Vista in the sys requirements -- I normally only use it for image browsing, so I can't say how well all the extra features work.

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#40: "Windows 7 64-bit, but when I ran it for the first time the applicattion frozen when attempted to register."

No Problems here... I had to give it access through the firewall to call home & that was it. Perhaps some of your anti-malware software stopped the app when it caught it trying to phone home?

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#43: "can not figure out how to display filmstrip across the top"

Click the Maximize square at the upper right corner.

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#45: "I’m guessing that this program will keep some sort of (constantly changing/growing) image database?"

Why?... It tags the images directly, either embedding data or adding to the file name. It displays them immediately, so no libraries of thumbnails. It's not a catalog, so it doesn't have to keep track of anything. There are no additions to the program's folder, & install doesn't create any other folders I could find.

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#48: ".the installation program says it’s installed, but i cant find it on my computer…….i installed? it b3 times and still no sign of the program….search stated the file doesn’t exist….."

If it helps... The GOTD .zip file downloads (32 or 64 bit) need to be expanded, giving you setup.exe & readme.txt files. When you run setup it contacts the GOTD servers, & starts up a WinRAR self-extractor -- 2 actual setup files are combined in one .rar file [.rar is similar to .zip compression], which is expanded to whatever folder you specify... the default for me was no folder at all but the system drive root, or C:\ . You then need to find those 2 .msi files [the ones you get from the WinRAR extractor], & run them to install the app & optionally the codec pack. Finally, when you 1st start FastPictureViewer it calls home to activate your copy. While it didn't give me any problems in Win7 RC 64, since activation does add entries into the registry, you *might* need to run the app as admin. that 1st time for activation to work.

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#49: "Does it have the manipulation possibilities (color managment, resize, etc.) that irfan has?"

No... You can easily rate pics to sort them later, &/or copy & delete them, but from what I read on the developer's site, FastPictureViewer is intended just for a very fast review to decide what you keep & what you don't.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#55

@Kirill: You can always uncheck any codec(s) that you don't want to install ;-)

@35: "I’m wondering why this is NOT recommended " - Because Microsoft RECOMMENDS installing in %Program Files% for the "Designed for Windows Vista" logo certification? By contraposition, installing elsewhere is thus not recommended.

@49: Yes, it's much faster than IV. Several times faster on multicore CPU and 64-bit machines. YMMV as it depends greatly on the computer. See http://vimeo.com/6209887 to see it in action on a modest (but very recent) mid-range desktop. If you want my (biased) opinion, it smokes everything else by miles.

@26: installation is "convoluted" because of the GOTD wrapper etc. The actual program comes in a single 2MB MSI installer.

@40: Several thousands activation this morning only. Probably a personal firewall or some "security" software issue on that particuler computer.

@46: PSD is a proprietary format of Adobe, don't expect ANYTHING in terms of support for that format in Windows from MS. As mentionned above, there are workarounds, some klunky (installing Expression Blend 3) and some more elegant, but I can't talk about that yet.

As a general remark, I fully expect that FastPictureViewer is not for everybody. As a photographer's oriented tool it offers a unique combination of features (native 64-bit, raw viewing, XMP rating, tethered shooting, multicore and Direct3D support...) but it's definitely not a does-it-all general purpose viewer meant to be everything to everyone.

Happy testing!

Reply   |   Comment by Axel  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#54

Since there's a lot of confusion about this, I'll try to clarify some things. This doesn't support versions of Windows prior to XP SP2 because it needs the Windows Imaging Component (WIC) which is a Microsoft product and is not included with FastPictureViewer. If you read the FAQ, you'll see that XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 are supported, but you'll have to download and install WIC from Microsoft. Later versions of Windows include WIC. What the GOTD installer includes are a codec pack for WIC, which you'll need to install and reboot for Windows to recognize. Since the installer uses the miserable WinRAR self-extractor, be sure to tell it where to extract the files to, WinRAR always defaults to the same location as the last time WinRAR was used. The Image Formats Compatibility Chart tells you what formats FastPictureViewer supports, and where to get codecs (not all are included in their codec pack or Windows). If people would read the EULA, you'll see that FastPictureViewer conforms to GOTD's strict guidelines. However, the codec pack is free and can be updated.

Like many installers, you have the option of associating file types with FastPictureViewer, but like most, it fails to tell you whether it sets itself to be the default. It does, which I don't like (you can always change defaults, but that's a pain). Further, like almost all Windows apps, it uses the obsolete DOS 3-character extension limit, which doesn't apply to Windows. That means some supported extensions may collide with some in use by other apps. Apart from possibly changing defaults, file-type descriptions can change, which can be annoying and can interfere with Windows Search results, since Windows Search indexes both the extension and its description.

There's not much in the way of useful help, although there is some information about keyboard and mouse usage. The menu is at the bottom rather than the top. Additionally, right-clicking anywhere on the (bottom) menu bar yields additional options. For those asking about the filmstrip/thumbnail view, move your mouse near the top. For those claiming that you can't associate image editors, you can. Right-click in the External Editors sub-window beneath the filename subwindow. Hardware acceleration is off by default, you can turn it on in the main Menu under Options.

FastPictureViewer is built for speed and certain types of operations. For those asking, it appears to build lists internally on-the-fly. These things are a matter of personal preference, personally I prefer Vista's various viewers. Also, FastPictureViewer's mouse and keyboard usage is very different from Windows standards.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)
#53

Tried and it installed on Vists64 OS just fine. Didn't need the codecs as I already had them but nice to have.

The program does what it says, but for $29.95 they need to add more features to compete with other program.

Add GIF support,
Add Resizing,
Cropping,
Color changing
Needs Watermarking feature.

All this can be found in FastStones Products and for free.

This is a very good and fast viewer and again does what it says but is limitation outweigh the positives.

Thanks for the opportunity to test. Thanks to GOTD users who answered my questions and provide great feedback

Živjeli!

Reply   |   Comment by Steelers6  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#52

FastPictureViewer is designed to quickly as possible cull the bad shots from the good after a photo shoot, scanning session, whatever. It includes single key-press rating of your pics, supports icm (Color Mgmt), & it's claim to fame, zoom & pan are graphics card/chip accelerated... GPU assist was introduced in Adobe P/Shop for zooming & panning, making a big difference in both the quality & speed of image display. I should add when/if it works -- while it seemed to work OK with a bunch of ~30 KB tif files using an ATI 4870 [in Win7 RC 64], the developer's site includes a fair number of cautions & recommendations, including switching GPU accel off for *Very* large images, to use the normally much larger amount of system RAM.

In practice while the program works, I couldn't help being extremely annoyed with not being able to do a variable zoom using the mouse scroll wheel -- both the scroll wheel & the zoom slider on my MS keyboard moved to the next pic... you set the zoom level in Options & zoom/pan holding down the right mouse key. Kind of defeats the purpose of GPU accel, & works contrary to my other apps [so not only is the feature missing -- it's hard to get used to it being missing]. Another two, relatively minor complaints: it would be cool to be able to set the background color [gray/dark gray is more accurate, though less flashy], & the thumbnails aren't filtered, so files it can't display take up valuable space. Finally, alas FastPictureViewer uses the msi (Windows) installer -- it's a shame to introduce so many potential problems (not to mention useless registry entries) for such a small program [16 files coming in at just over 3 MB without the Codec Pack] without any complicated set-up tasks.

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Useful info from the FAQ:

Q: Can I change FastPictureViewer's default installation folder?

A: Although not recommended... msiexec /i FastPictureViewer.msi INSTALLDIR="D:\Programs\FastPictureViewer" (replace the installation path with your destination folder of choice)

Q: Does FastPictureViewer run on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003?

A: For XP SP2 you must download the Windows Imaging Component (WIC)... FastPictureViewer does not run on any version of Windows prior to XP SP2, in particular it does not run on Windows 2000.


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Alternatives:
Whilest everyone seems to have their own favorites, including the features built into Windows, I like the free FreshView, which has loads of features & handles some rather odd file types... I've used it for years.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#51

System Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, Server 2008, XP SP3 (with some limitations) - Really??
Running on AMD Turion, ATI graphics, WINDOWS XP SP2. Download, done. Run "setup.exe", done. Run "FastPictureViewerWICCodecPack.msi" ( from extracted folder), done, restart. Run "FastPictureViewer_GiveawayOfTheDay_20091005.msi", done. Run Fast Picture Viewer for the first time, request for activation online, succeed. Run the program, Wow, it's amazingly fast and nice.
So guys, Run on XP SP2? Don't wait to long, grab this giveaway! It's work well on my laptop. Thank GAOTD and ARSD.

Reply   |   Comment by Quro@75  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#50

To the comment http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/fastpictureviewer/#comment-165800 where you say you're looking for a .PSD codec for Vista and Win7...
There's a way! Read here how to: http://www.ghacks.net/2009/07/29/view-photoshop-psd-thumbnails-in-vista-and-windows-7-explorer/

Reply   |   Comment by uno  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#49

Does it work better or faster for photos than Irfan Viewer?
Does it have the manipulation possibilities (color managment, resize, etc.) that irfan has?
Did any one compare or uses the Irfan?

Thanks, Eldad

Reply   |   Comment by Eldad  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#48

More like Slow Picture Viewer on my system. Locks up on large images, then gives memory error. Non-intuitive interface. Sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnFredC  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#47

downloaded,installed on 64bit vista home premium....at least i thought it installed.....the installation program says it's installed, but i cant find it on my computer.......i installed? it b3 times and still no sign of the program....search stated the file doesn't exist.....

Reply   |   Comment by bernie  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#46

For those looking for an uninstall command, it's Control-Panel, Add-Remove Software. This is a standard Windows feature since 1995 I guess, I don't see the point in polluting the Start menu with "uninstall" shortcuts. My opinion anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Axel  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#45

Installed on Vista Home 32 fine. Installed Codex and rebooted. Does NOT show .psd files in Explorer or Windows Photo viewer. Not having this feature is a deal breaker for me, will be un-installed. Hopefully W7 will have .psd and raw view in WPG and Explorer.

Reply   |   Comment by Dee Decker  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#44

# 35 Milind Rao
There is no option on changing installation directory – which is a complete no-no for me.

I'm still debating whether to download at the moment, but I do share your concerns/dislike about programs which deny choice of installation location, not least because I try to keep fragmentation to a minimum. I'm guessing that this program will keep some sort of (constantly changing/growing) image database? The only info I can find in the FAQs reads that: "on the fly, all pictures added to the folders and subfolders, as you browse them. Pictures are simply appended to FastPictureViewer's internal lists as they get added to your hard-disk (and it never misses one, even under the heaviest load)" Can anyone confirm whether a database is kept, and whether it's possible to relocate? Personally I think I'd prefer installing today's program onto a partition which I already use exclusively for housing stuff which I know in advance tends to be transient and usually fragmented, like my ACDSee database, Sandbox data, etc.

Fortunately there does seem to be a workaround, but I can't comment (yet) as to whether it will also work with today's giveaway installation executable? From the FAQs

Can I change FastPictureViewer's default installation folder?
Yes. Although not recommended, you can change the program's default installation location by launching msiexec.exe with command-line parameters as follow:

msiexec /i FastPictureViewer.msi INSTALLDIR="D:\Programs\FastPictureViewer"

(replace the installation path with your destination folder of choice)

I'm wondering why this is NOT recommended (or an available default option). Has anyone tried installing to an alternative location?

Reply   |   Comment by caulbox  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#43

For some reason, one of the Sony codecs didn't install. I've used Thumbsplus from Cerius Software for all my photo stuff. Not free but a damn good program. http://www.cerious.com/. There may be earlier freebie versions. GAOTD - how about seeing if they'll contribute???? Sure would like the new version!

Reply   |   Comment by KMHamm  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#42

can not figure out how to display filmstrip across the top.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#41

Axel: Is there is a way to use only Thumbnail provider for Windows XP from WIC Codec Pack (without installing other stuff) and WIC-enabled third party RAW decoder (such as Canon RAW Codec)?

Reply   |   Comment by Kirill  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#40

For uninstal picture viewer and codec configuration is simple.Appear in Revo both.

Reply   |   Comment by Doru  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#39

I installed the x64 version fine on my Windows 7 64-bit, but when I ran it for the first time the applicattion frozen when attempted to register. I waited for 30 minutes and the I forced to close with taskbar manager. Thumbs down for me.

I have a sospicious doubt about these strange never-heard applications that they are using GOTD for testing purposes, just to see how it works... I don't know if I will install unknown apps anymore.

Good luck everybody.

Reply   |   Comment by TsT  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#38

Well, not sure if I'll be keeping it as it doesn't do the one thing I was hoping it would & that is namely displaying animated gifs as animations...

It seems to have 2 options for them, either just display the 1st frame (Like Vista or 7) or cycle through every frame as if they where individual pictures.

If I wanted to view them as individual pictures I would have them as individual pictures.
I don't, I have them as an animated gif because I want to see them as an animated gif.

Any suggestions on a free viewer that will work in Window 7 x64, is nice & simple & animates animated gifs?

Reply   |   Comment by Alrock  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#37

What does today's Giveaway have over IrfanView or Faststone Image Viewer? Please explain

Reply   |   Comment by Julian  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
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