FastStone is a very robust image viewer program. It has several features due to which it is hard to believe that FastStone is free to download.

This program is very popular among Windows PC users because of its small setup file and CPU/RAM friendly functions. On 20th this month, FastStone 5.6 with improved functions was introduced.

Fastone 5.6’s main interface boasts a toolbar, menubar and it is divided into 3 sections. In the first section, you’ll find a tree view of the list files. You can easily navigate from one Windows local disk to the other. Below this interface, this program flaunts a picture preview window. To the right of these two sections, users will find the contents of the folder selected in the 1st section.

FastStone image viewer comes with an inbuilt screen capture tool, with which users can capture the entire desktop or rectangular section of the desktop in a picture file. It also has functions to capture foreground window and the active window in an image.

FastStone allows users to acquire images from the scanner. If you’re using this program on a laptop, you can use this feature to capture picture or video from the webcam.

When the picture is being captured, you can specify the format in which the image should be saved. You can also adjust the brightness, color, contrast or change the frame-rate, quality of the video.

faststone image viewer downloadOnce the image has been captured, FastStone will allow you to send the image via email. You’ll also be able to edit, print or save the picture as a PNG, PDF, TIFF or a JPEG file.

FastStone image viewer has an option to download files from a camera or a MicroSD/Memory card. Users can specify the folder where the downloaded files should be saved. They can configure FastStone to bulk rename files or categorize them in subfolders.

Although this program has been launched as an image viewer tool, it has tools to edit pictures. Users will find the below utilities in FastStone:

  • Clone and Heal.
  • Red Eye remover.
  • Resize, rotate, set DPI, adjust canvas size.
  • Jpeg comment.
  • Adjust colors, levels, curves, lightning.
  • Sharpen, Blur the image.
  • Reduce noise, colors.

This program lets you apply the below effects on pictures:

  • Lens, oil painting, sketch.
  • Watermark, bump map, frame mask, etc.

FastStone program features a slide show, contact sheet, multi-page file and image strip builder tools. It includes bulk operation tools in the form of image converter, time-stamp changer, and file renamer.

FastStone image viewer allows you to strip JPEG metadata and rotate pic files without losing their quality.

With this freeware, you can compare two or more images. If users use it on their PC, they will not find it necessary to download and use thumbnail cache cleaner tools.

FastStone has a thumbnail database manager tool which allows you to optimize or image cached thumbnail folders.

FastStone image viewer can be downloaded from its official website as a portable or standalone application. It supports 32 and 64 bits Microsoft Windows 10, 7, 8.1, XP and Vista OS and 19 languages.

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