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Old 05-14-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default XnSoft free software (win/mac/lin)

Interesting to see that XnSoft is multi-platform now. They still have their Windows-only XnView, but now they also have XnViewMP for Windows, Mac, and Linux. I downloaded XnViewMP Windows. It is a photo file manager. The Windows version can run without installing. Or you can use the Windows registry if you want. And because I don't have to install their software to use it, I don't worry about clogging my registry.

I also tried their retro photo effects tool. Fun tool. If you need free retro effects, this one is works better than I expected. Not just retro color, but also light leaks, vignetting. etc. It's worth a look. It's not a plugin; it's standalone. They also have a faux sketch tool. Not one I'd use, but it's free.

If you want to try any of this, avoid the big download button that you see. Instead, continue to scroll down until you see download links for each platform.

http://www.xnview.com/en/xnviewmp/

   
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How does it compare to IrfanView--at least on the pc side?


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I don't understand why people praise Irfanview, so I'm not a good person to make this comparison.

   
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andrew: I don't understand why people praise Irfanview, so I'm not a good person to make this comparison.
LOL! I think probably because it opens so many different formats. I've never really used it but did install it on my sister's (the one in ME) laptops as a way of organizing the photos she has and it seemed ok to me although I have no idea if my sister actually does anything with it...'-}}

If you don't install it, does it just work online--where does it store its catalogues (guessing it creates one)? What does the Windows Registry have to do with anything?

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I guess I should have explained that better. What I meant by "not install it" is that you download it, unzip it, click the exe, and it runs. There is no installation utility needed to set things up. As for the registry, I was talking about registering it as the default program for whatever file types. There appears to be an executable that can set that up.

   
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andrew: What I meant by "not install it" is that you download it, unzip it, click the exe, and it runs.
Ahhh...gotcha...'-}}

Autoruns and Vuescan run like that...wish more software did...'-}}

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For me, it (Irfanview) has several main uses:

1. To quickly preview (or boldly go to) a folder of images e.g on an SD card and save those I want to work on elsewhere. Being a keyboard user by choice, just punting "S" to save as is really useful.

2. Making things like icon files as it is, as Terrie said, really good at odd file formats.

3. Doing quick and dirty web pages to show someone a range of images to choose from (also see 5)

4. Doing quick crops and resizes of images for social media when I don't need curves adjustment, WB correction etc.

5. Batch resizing/conversion.

For everything else, there is PS, PSP, ACDsee, Nik etc.!
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I always found it difficult to use because the tree-and-thumbnails view seemed like more of an afterthought. It was not the centerpiece of the interface.

   
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If you do support, Irfanview is my favorite for screenshots -- quick and easy with settings for individual parts of the screen and even select an area within a screen.

   
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Cool...never knew if did those...

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