I use IrfanView as my default image viewer and for basic image editing like resizing, cropping, and adding text. IrfanView is TWAIN compliant and supports batch conversion, allowing the user to convert all the files in a directory or a file list. There are several nice options for viewing files. Pressing the space bar allows users to quickly scroll through all the files in a directory, and the Files Menu offers Slideshow and Thumbnail options. I especially like the Thumbnail option which opens a separate Thumbnail window. Another nice feature is the ability to capture images from the desktop, image, or client area, and save these images in a specific directory. I used IrfanView as my screencapture utility for creating the screenshots for both this article and my article on Arachnophila last month. In addition to the typical help menu, IrfanView also adds a glossary of terms identifying extensions, file types, and graphics terminology. For your basic image editing and multimedia needs, you can't do better than IrfanView.
IrfanView is available for download at http://stud1.tuwien.ac.at/~e9227474/
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