is there an image viewer similar to iphoto for windows 7?

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mantra
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is there an image viewer similar to iphoto for windows 7?
Feb 6, 2012

hi

is there an image viewer with this browse feature ? you can look it at 2:03 of the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-ipbkbFM1A

i like the way how the program let you broswe your photos

outside bridge is there a organizer or image viewer program with this feature for pc?

thanks
i would appreciate a lot
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sorry for my poor english

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i was not able to edit

in short like brige cs5 in preview mode view

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FastStone is my favourite Windows image browser:
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

It's free, and has a nice clean interface, and does basic editing, but doesn't have the Apple-like album view thing (I find it rather annoying). There used to be a browser add-on for Firefox called Cool Iris that worked like the Apple one, but it only seems to be a mobile app now.

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Irfanview is good (as is Faststone)
In reply to mantra, Feb 6, 2012

mantra wrote:

i was not able to edit
in short like bridge cs5 in preview mode view

Irfanview moves through all image files in a folder, without changing them. It's not as fancy as iPhoto regarding user interface, though.

I recommend avoiding the Microsoft provided photo tools on Windows 7, because they can rewrite your images without warning, and are generally poor.

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Cool Iris still seems to available as a plug-in for Firefox and Chrome:
http://www.cooliris.com/desktop/

It shows images as a continuous wall that scrolls along. I got annoyed with it, but it might be what you want.

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I'm not up on iPhoto but, along with FastStone, IrfanView & xnView, Picasa might fill the bill in a manner those don't, depending on what you're lookin' for from it:
http://picasa.google.com/

It does operate a bit differently, in ways than those already mentioned as well as similarly in other ways.

Once you let it scan all your photo folders or drives & generate all the thumbnails it's about as fast as it gets to breeze through thumbnails, limited only by how fast you can spin your mouse-wheel. And while it's got basic edit & slideshow capabilities amongst other features, it's real strength is as a browser\viewer, including being pretty quick to update RAW viewing compatibility as cams are released...

Once it scans either your whole computer or just folders you assign it to scan, you can also assign it to watch specific drives &\or Folders so as pics are added either through Picasa or other programs, they'll appear in Picasa...

Picasa is a Google product though although I've yet to upload onto the net with it. It does come with free online storage & the Google baggage. I've not sync'd mine so the Google baggage may be at a minimum as I'm using it more internally than as a do-all organizer, uploader, social sharing vehicle. I generally don't keep it running when not in use neither so any new edits or additions to watched folders update upon opening Picasa.
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I like and use both, I also like ACDSee
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CAcreeks wrote:

mantra wrote:

i was not able to edit
in short like bridge cs5 in preview mode view

Irfanview moves through all image files in a folder, without changing them. It's not as fancy as iPhoto regarding user interface, though.

I recommend avoiding the Microsoft provided photo tools on Windows 7, because they can rewrite your images without warning, and are generally poor.

thanks

but it has not an Apple-like album view or like adobe bridge cs5 preview mode view ,has it?

thanks
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Glen Barrington wrote:

I like and use both, I also like ACDSee
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do you know if the new acdsee has the feature i like?
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In reply to mantra, Feb 7, 2012

All you've mentioned is that you want a folder browser type organizer with some ability to edit from within the organizer. ACDSee FastStone and Irfanview all meet those simple requirements, but each has its own unique take on how it does them. ACDSee has a free trial download, give it a try, along with the other two. Then make a choice or keep looking.

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Glen Barrington wrote:

All you've mentioned is that you want a folder browser type organizer with some ability to edit from within the organizer. ACDSee FastStone and Irfanview all meet those simple requirements, but each has its own unique take on how it does them. ACDSee has a free trial download, give it a try, along with the other two. Then make a choice or keep looking.

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thanks

but i have mentioned to watch and browse photos like bridge cs5 preview mode or iphoto

in the fist topic

brige cs5 in preview mode view

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mantra wrote:

is there an image viewer with this browse feature ? you can look it at 2:03 of the video

What that video is showing at 2:03 is not a 'browse feature', but an editing feature, for making photo books that you can then print to .PDF files or order online. You select a type of book, and then you can select page templates and drag photos onto them and tweak cropping, overlapping, etc. to a certain degree.

I've used this feature a couple of times, once for making a photo book for a niece, out of pictures that I and her parents had taken. My main complaint about it is that sometimes, new versions of iPhoto take away existing templates; you go to look at a book and it tells you that the template is no longer available (!) and that if you look at the book you "must" switch to another template (with the loss of formatting that might entail).

iPhoto and Aperture are Mac-only, but if you search on Google for "photo book" or similar terms, you will find several services that work with Windows. Some of these work by having you upload your photos to the vendor's Web site, after which you use browser-based tools to assemble the photo book there. And you also may want to check reviews to see which of the services have the best quality and prices.

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Tom_N wrote:

mantra wrote:

is there an image viewer with this browse feature ? you can look it at 2:03 of the video

What that video is showing at 2:03 is not a 'browse feature', but an editing feature, for making photo books that you can then print to .PDF files or order online. You select a type of book, and then you can select page templates and drag photos onto them and tweak cropping, overlapping, etc. to a certain degree.

thanks for the comprehensive explanation about iphoto

i guess i found a program with the feature i want , sadly doesn't support raw
pictomio
http://www.pictomio.com/Default.aspx

in the video @ 1:29 the user can browse photos like i want

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Just trying Corel Aftershot seems quite good, worth a look.
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mantra wrote:

I recommend avoiding the Microsoft provided photo tools on Windows 7, because they can rewrite your images without warning, and are generally poor.

but it has not an Apple-like album view or like adobe bridge cs5 preview mode view ,has it?

Hard to say, because each PC hardware vendor puts different crapware on a Windows 7 system, so you never know. Microsoft Live Picture [whatever] does not have an iPhoto-like interface, if I recall correctly.

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If what you are looking for is an organizer that supports RAW files, there's Adobe Lightroom (a competitor to Aperture). Costs a bit more than some of the others mentioned here, but there is a 30-day free trial version you can download from Adobe's site to see whether it will do what you want.

If I recall, the main thing it doesn't do is photo books; so you'd need one of the other programs / services for that.

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mantra wrote:

thanks for the comprehensive explanation about iphoto

i guess i found a program with the feature i want , sadly doesn't support raw
pictomio
http://www.pictomio.com/Default.aspx

in the video @ 1:29 the user can browse photos like i want

Yes, it's like the album cover view in iTunes. While fun, it doesn't really add anything useful, and wastes a lot of screen space, so the photos are small. Many browsers use a film strip to achieve much the same with better use of space. I think you are unlikely to find such a feature in a program that supports raw, as it's more of a friendly beginner feature like Pictomio's shuffling through a box.

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mantra wrote:

Glen Barrington wrote:

All you've mentioned is that you want a folder browser type organizer with some ability to edit from within the organizer. ACDSee FastStone and Irfanview all meet those simple requirements, but each has its own unique take on how it does them. ACDSee has a free trial download, give it a try, along with the other two. Then make a choice or keep looking.

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thanks

but i have mentioned to watch and browse photos like bridge cs5 preview mode or iphoto

in the fist topic

brige cs5 in preview mode view

OK - but that's still not a really good guide to anyboidy who just hasn't ever used the "bridge CS5" mode that you refer to.
I'm a user of CS but I never use Bridge..prefer my own other ways..

But I truly can endorse ACDSee..I've used ACDSee for more years that I can remember..Not sure I like the ACDSee PRO things they seem to be putting out a lot..I find the "Photo Manager" series to be VERY good inded..use it all the time for excellent browsing with either thumbs comparisions or just a clkick to full screen...if that's what you want..the ACDSee Photo Manager version may well be ideal.. it does a lot more.. just go through all the Options..

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I've always admired Macs and I do believe I can understand what you are after.. although frankly I'm not sure why.. since Macs and Windows really are so different.. and if you want Mac features, I'm sure you really need to have a Mac ??

But out of interest.whist I do not understand it..I CAN appreciate that what is said does SEEM to have validity to those involved...is it any clue ???

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091109065411AAqEhi6

The ZONER PHOTO STUDIO is another one that for itself, I can say is a very good program - I've used over many years. I never thought of it as being an iPhoto type but that has never come up before.. maybe worth a look... it's refered to here..

http://www.brighthub.com/computing/windows-platform/articles/71252.aspx

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In reply to mantra, Feb 14, 2012

Hey guys! Is there an any space for new viewer for Windows?

I tired of using Acdsee and other ugly viewers like Irfan and developing my own viewer.

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