What program do you view your images in?

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porsche997 Contributing Member • Posts: 837
What program do you view your images in?

I have been using Windows Picture/Fax Viewer as a quick way to scroll though pictures while check focus and exposure. Processing them is done in Photoshop. Viewing EXIF is helpful too.

I also have DPP, ZoomBrowser, and Bridge but rarely use them. I can't scroll between pictures in DPP, I don't like Zoombrowser, and Bridge doesn't display full resolution pictures.

What program do you all use to view your images?

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Russell Fielding Regular Member • Posts: 160
Re: What program do you view your images in?

Faststone or XNView.

Faststone is great for comparing images side by side, fast magnifying and super quick viewing of camera settings used.

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JackM Veteran Member • Posts: 8,434
Shoot RAW. Use DPP.

I can usually scan through and tell duds from potential keepers in the large thumbnail view.

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mache1966 Regular Member • Posts: 186
Re: What program do you view your images in?

I generally use Zoombrowser for viewing my photo's. I find it quick to set up slide shows to get the images full size and the fact that it will display raw image files, to me makes it very versitile. However would have to say I would love to double click an image and for it to popup full size and interact seamlessly with DPP, that would be good. Moving on...DPP for any editing at the moment. I currently don't own Photoshop or any other third party software. not in favour of the windows viewers at all, find them to be very poor resolution.

My thoughts.

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Jim Graziano Contributing Member • Posts: 780
Re: What program do you view your images in?

I use SmartPix Manager. Good viewer and does limited editing. Batch also, for downsizing etc.
One click loads the file into PSE or other editing program.
Good program, not expensive.
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OP porsche997 Contributing Member • Posts: 837
Re: Shoot RAW. Use DPP.

The problem I have with DPP for viewing multiple images is the thumbnail size. I don't find it large enough. Once I click an image to enlarge it, I then have to close that new window in order to see another picture. I would like to be able to move with arrow keys/mouse click/etc. from photo to photo and edit as needed.

EDIT: Just found the "Quickcheck Tool". That's what I have been looking for. Image displays large enough, displays EXIF, and can be enlarged to full screen if necessary.

JackM wrote:

I can usually scan through and tell duds from potential keepers in the large thumbnail view.

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Delbert Contributing Member • Posts: 938
Second FastStone>>>

FastStone Image viewer is the best freeware graphic app going. In addition to great viewing tools, double clicking on a thumb opens full screen, move your mouse all the way to the right and exif data is shown. scroll through an entire folder with your scroll wheel. It's also got the best batch resizing tools.

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Re: What program do you view your images in?

Irfanview on PC; ImageBrowser (Canon) on Mac.

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Doug J Veteran Member • Posts: 9,794
Re: What program do you view your images in?

porsche997 wrote:

I have been using Windows Picture/Fax Viewer as a quick way to scroll though pictures while check focus and exposure. Processing them is done in Photoshop. Viewing EXIF is helpful too.

The program I prefer for this is Pixort - shows the histogram by channel and the EXIF; select to view either the embedded jpg image or a raw conversion; assign a numeric rating of 1-5 to each photo, creates folders for each rating and then does an auto move if told to.

For simple viewing of raster-type files & RAW I use Faststone Image viewer.

I also have DPP, ZoomBrowser, and Bridge but rarely use them. I can't scroll between pictures in DPP, I don't like Zoombrowser, and Bridge doesn't display full resolution pictures.

After I've selected the shots to process, I like Bridge if I will use ACR for the conversion, or I use DPP. The workflow with Bridge/ACR is smooth, but for some shots DPP still does the most accurate color conversion.

EDIT: I should add that the comment about color accuracy relates to my 1D mk III.

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Wayndom Senior Member • Posts: 1,933
Re: What program do you view your images in?

One thing I find annoying about ZoomBrowser is that its "100%" magnification is more like 50%. The same image viewed in DPP at 100% is a bit more than twice the size.

I don't get it, but I don't like it.

I always shoot RAW, and prefer DPP for browsing and processing (unless I need to do some heavy highlight recovery or shadow fill, in which case I use PE).
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ACDSee Pro 2.5 ...

Interesting to see the different workflows each has. I set up CS3 as the external editor program and use ACDSee to weed out the ones I want to work on. ACR is usually sufficient but I do use DPP sometimes.
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MarkNicholas Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Lightroom

And everything else like cataloging, key wording, editing etc.

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Doug J Veteran Member • Posts: 9,794
ZoomBrowser only for downloading for me

Wayndom wrote:

One thing I find annoying about ZoomBrowser is that its "100%" magnification is more like 50%. The same image viewed in DPP at 100% is a bit more than twice the size.

I don't get it, but I don't like it.

I always shoot RAW, and prefer DPP for browsing and processing (unless I need to do some heavy highlight recovery or shadow fill, in which case I use PE).

The only thing I use Zoom Browser for is downloading, and it does this very well IMO. Plug a CF card into a reader, then 1 mouse click to create a folder based on the date and begin the download. Pretty darn simple & easy.

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Jimmy Drew Senior Member • Posts: 1,477
I too use Faststone and even donate to them...

They do a great job.....I save on http://www.kodakgallery.com/jimmy . I am a poor person so it is a very inexpensive way to view and archive your photos....

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OP porsche997 Contributing Member • Posts: 837
Just gave FastStone a try ... great program!

Really like it; it does everything I need to do. Now I can view full screen images and check EXIF instantly. Looks like I can also link it so it will open the image with Photoshop/Bridge/etc if I choose to.

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guy catelli Regular Member • Posts: 472
Irfanview

it's popular. it's free. and, it's perfect for browsing.

http://www.irfanview.com/

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dave lines Regular Member • Posts: 357
faststone

I shoot only RAW, I can see the whole photo, delete or open it in photoshop, photomatix or whatever I choose, also the shooting info is right there too, and it is quick and the price is free, DAve
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Pat Heuvel Regular Member • Posts: 105
Re: Irfanview

...and it's fast,
"f" key toggles between fill screen and full size,
"e" key shows exif.

did I mention fast?

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