Speedy photo browsing on Win 7

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philmcgee New Member • Posts: 1
Speedy photo browsing on Win 7

I regularly browse folders containing several thousand JPEGs of typical resolutions of 800x1200 pixels. My PC runs Windows 7 on an Intel i7 with 8GB RAM and an Intel 520 series SSD, and my monitor is a Dell U2711 at 2560x1440. Graphics card is an AMD HD4650.

I was wondering if getting a faster graphics card would speed up browsing the thumbnails on full-screen at 'Extra Large Icons' settings? Is the time that it takes to repaint the thumbnails after a page-down more dependent on W7's reading the files in from disc on each page-down (rather than reading ahead and caching), or is the graphics card the bottleneck?

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glasswave Veteran Member • Posts: 9,422
Re: Use image browsing software....

philmcgee wrote:

I regularly browse folders containing several thousand JPEGs of typical resolutions of 800x1200 pixels. My PC runs Windows 7 on an Intel i7 with 8GB RAM and an Intel 520 series SSD, and my monitor is a Dell U2711 at 2560x1440. Graphics card is an AMD HD4650.

I was wondering if getting a faster graphics card would speed up browsing the thumbnails on full-screen at 'Extra Large Icons' settings? Is the time that it takes to repaint the thumbnails after a page-down more dependent on W7's reading the files in from disc on each page-down (rather than reading ahead and caching), or is the graphics card the bottleneck?

I assume you are using my cptr/explorer instead of a special browsing SW.

I use Faststone (freeware) portable, which makes this process exponentially faster. It also offers some basic editing.

Some recommend fast picture viewer, but I thought it was terrible.

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Shalom2006
Shalom2006 Regular Member • Posts: 260
Re: Use image browsing software....

I think you meant Faststone Image Viewer 1.8. (Found at http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDownload.htm)

I also highly recommend it - very good at viewing images for pixel peeping!

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malch Forum Pro • Posts: 13,451
Re: Speedy photo browsing on Win 7

Faststone is a very nice viewer but it is not fully color managed. If you have a calibrated display, Faststone will ignore your calibration profile. That's a showstopper for me.

I like FastPictureViewer which is fully color managed.

In fact, if you need color management it's probably the only game in town.

hotdog321
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Re: Speedy photo browsing on Win 7

I use the FastPictureViewer codec on all my computers and also have Faststone and IrfanView on my desktop (I keep fooling around with them). They are all pretty good, but frankly, the fastest, low resource jpeg viewing program I've EVER seen is the old ACDSee v3.1 (yes, 3.1!). It even blazed on my old, old XP machine with a 1 gig processor and 1 gig of RAM. I still use it today.

PhotoMechanic is also pretty good, but higher resource use.

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Michael Firstlight Senior Member • Posts: 2,995
Re: Speedy photo browsing on Win 7

The fastest was CompUPic, but its defunct.  I run it anyhow on my Win7 64-bit rig with only occasional rendering issues, but I also run Faststone PictureViewer-  almost as simple and fast but not quite. CompUPic was very simple and I could never outrun it with my scroll wheel - it was that good.

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Sean Nelson
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It sounds like you have thumbnail caching turned off.   If so, a faster graphics card won't help.   Instead - see this article about changing the setting of thumbnail caching on your system.

The article describes how to turn thumbnail caching OFF - you want to turn it ON, so instead of changing the setting described in the article to "ENABLED" you should set it to "DISABLED".

malch Forum Pro • Posts: 13,451
Re: Speedy photo browsing on Win 7

hotdog321 wrote:

PhotoMechanic is also pretty good, but higher resource use.

Not too shabby but kinda pricey for a viewer, at $150. Ouch!

hotdog321
hotdog321 Forum Pro • Posts: 16,757
Re: Speedy photo browsing on Win 7

Agree completely. But PhotoMechanic is very popular with editorial photographers to quickly do captions, editing, IDs and whatnot for publications. I've always had mixed feelings about it, but it is pretty standard in my industry.

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