One of the best and lightest image viewers that I have come across is Irfanview – available free at irfanview.com
IrfanView is very fast, small, compact and innovative and hence, very popular too. It is very simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. It creates new and/or interesting features in its own way. You need no knowledge of any graphic programs when you use Irfanview. Just download it, install it and run it – as simple as that. The variety of graphic files it can handle, is to be seen to be believed. And coupled with the Plugins / Addons available, it can manage multimedia audio and video files too.
Although primarily it is a viewer, it gives some basic but powerful image editing options too – you can adjust the brightness, contrast and color of your image at the touch of a button with a visual preview online. Rotation and giving special effects to your images like a professional, is a breeze. Format conversion, is as simple as clicking on Save As, and re-sizing your large camera images before uploading online, is child’s play. The batch-processing mode helps you run several repetitive tasks, like re-sizing of hundreds of photos, in a single click.
An added bonus is that you can play slide-shows of your favorite pictures and also play movies in a large range of formats – which used to be a daunting task for the lay user.
Capturing snapshots of your screen, running the multi-image viewer, flipping images – one can go on and on. All this, and much more, is available in a very light, easy to use, intuitively designed interface.
Now, go ahead, be a PRO at image viewing and editing with Irfanview.