Alternative to Windows 10 photo viewer?

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Gary Barnett
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Alternative to Windows 10 photo viewer?

I found Windows 10 default Photo viewer is very slow to load and also the image I'm viewing is done being rendered, then I switch to the next photo but when I switch back and forth, it is being rendered again and again (!) which is poor as a photo comparsion tool.

Any good and fast photo viewer/comparsion out there?

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Hosebag
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The old photo viewer from Windows 7 is still on your machine. You just have to un-hide it, and you can even make it the default photo viewer.

Google how to do it..........

Jon555 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,924
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I like the 64-bit version of IrfanView...

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Re: Alternative to Windows 10 photo viewer?

Hosebag wrote:

The old photo viewer from Windows 7 is still on your machine. You just have to un-hide it, and you can even make it the default photo viewer.

Google how to do it..........

Yes, I saw it but I'll hold it off until I find a good viewer.

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Dr_Jon wrote:

I like the 64-bit version of IrfanView...

I will consider that and what about FastStone Image Viewer?

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Jon555 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,924
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Gary Barnett wrote:

Dr_Jon wrote:

I like the 64-bit version of IrfanView...

I will consider that and what about FastStone Image Viewer?

People seem to like it, but I'm wedded to Irfanview I'm afraid. Also steps through 50MP images at a decent rate (if the computer isn't doing a lot of other stuff). I also really like its Lanczos image resizer (need to choose Resampling for image sizing) plus how you set what you want to see and what to skip.

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Irfanview works well but I've been using FastStone for a couple years now and love it. They're both free downloads so give them both a try.

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Joep van Steen
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I settled for ImageGlass for the time being.

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Hosebag wrote:

The old photo viewer from Windows 7 is still on your machine. You just have to un-hide it, and you can even make it the default photo viewer.

Google how to do it..........

+1. This is the best option.

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WryCuda Forum Pro • Posts: 10,155
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Gary Barnett wrote:

I found Windows 10 default Photo viewer is very slow to load and also the image I'm viewing is done being rendered, then I switch to the next photo but when I switch back and forth, it is being rendered again and again (!) which is poor as a photo comparsion tool.

Any good and fast photo viewer/comparsion out there?

I've been using Picasa for a lng time. Fast, and also acts as Windows default viewer if you set that up. Picasa is no longer "supported", but that is hardly necessary.

You can still find Picasa as a download, but the usual cautions apply when searching the web.

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malcolmbebb Regular Member • Posts: 187
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I've been using FastStone recently, worth a try. Opens my M4/3 jpegs and raw very quickly.

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Re: Alternative to Windows 10 photo viewer?

Gary Barnett wrote:

I found Windows 10 default Photo viewer is very slow to load and also the image I'm viewing is done being rendered, then I switch to the next photo but when I switch back and forth, it is being rendered again and again (!) which is poor as a photo comparsion tool.

Any good and fast photo viewer/comparsion out there?

Are you viewing raw or jpeg? The free Nikon Viewnx-i or whatever the latest is works best for nef files. I like the aforementioned photo viewer from W7 best for jpegs. Color managed and fast rendering,

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Robert Zanatta Senior Member • Posts: 1,899
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Gary Barnett wrote:

Dr_Jon wrote:

I like the 64-bit version of IrfanView...

I will consider that and what about FastStone Image Viewer?

Discovering FastStone was a real bonus.  Its excellent for culling images.  Very fast, even with 30Mp raw files.

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SC489 Senior Member • Posts: 1,196
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I find the standard Windows 10 Photos app is fine unless you need fancy features

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WryCuda wrote:

Gary Barnett wrote:

I found Windows 10 default Photo viewer is very slow to load and also the image I'm viewing is done being rendered, then I switch to the next photo but when I switch back and forth, it is being rendered again and again (!) which is poor as a photo comparsion tool.

Any good and fast photo viewer/comparsion out there?

I've been using Picasa for a lng time. Fast, and also acts as Windows default viewer if you set that up. Picasa is no longer "supported", but that is hardly necessary.

You can still find Picasa as a download, but the usual cautions apply when searching the web.

Been using Picasa since 2005 and never a problem.  It's considered to be much too basic but I find it does everything very well and user friendly.  I do have FastStone as a secondary but rarely need it.  All Picasa edits go to FastStone and Windows Pictures with a click of  the "save" icon.  I ditched W-10 Photos but hey, that's just me and I have been proven wrong, once.  

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Doug J Forum Pro • Posts: 10,838
FastStone Image Viewer & IrfanView

I use both, but prefer FastStone, it's set as my default viewer.

Cheers,
Doug

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Hosebag wrote:

The old photo viewer from Windows 7 is still on your machine. You just have to un-hide it, and you can even make it the default photo viewer.

Google how to do it..........

What happens to a possibly un-hid windows photo viewer in win 10, when a major update occures, like from version 1903 to 1909 (or some coming version like ie 2003....).

I'm still using W7, and the old photo viewer is important for me. I have understood that drivers/programs that no longer (by MS) are intended to be used in Win10 , might very well be removed / changed during major W10 updates?

As I'm using computers as tools, and not as a hobby to continuously work on / or update, I'm not keen on every half a year start tweaking my computers.

Anybody here, who has experience of "tweaking" the "photo viewer" to work in the first Win 10 versions a couple of years ago, and which program would still work in current W10, without any "tweaking"? Or did major updates force you to redo the "tweaking of "photo viewer"?

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MikeDPR Regular Member • Posts: 235
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Another vote for FastStone.

One downside with FastStone is you can't sort images in a folder in the "date taken" order. I ended up adopting a new workflow where all my photos are renamed to timestamp (e.g. 20191124_120102.jpg) so sorting by filename is equivalent to sort by date-taken. I'm happy I did this because there are other times where this comes in handy like DLNA server that don't support the date-taken metadata.

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Thanks for the replies guys.

I have just tried both and quickly settled for Faststone viewer for two reasons - it has a folder list that I can browse through and the ability to zoom to 100% with a mouse click, very fast indeed so I'm happy.

I have tried 'Reset' and 'Repair' Windows Photo app but it still doesn't fix the slow rendering of images, pretty useless when you want to flick through the photos quickly whilst viewing them. Still feels very bloated.

I still use Nikon View & Capture for use with RAW images and post-processing. However, I have just checked and to my surprise, Faststone can view NEF images instantly!

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