Comparison of image viewers

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This article presents a comparison of image viewers and image organizers which can be used for image viewing.

General information[edit]

Name View functions Other functions 3 License Price
ACDSee Thumbnails (user-defined sizes), fullscreen, slideshow, zoom, fit, view Exif info, view inside ZIP archives, ... Resize, crop, rotate, flip, JPEG lossless rotate/mirror, adjust exposure and colors etc., filters (sharpen, blur, average, emboss, ...), red eye removal, batch rename, edit Exif info, ... Proprietary std: 49.99 USD
pro: 99.99 USD
Adobe Bridge Thumbnails, slideshow, filmstrip, preview, versions with alternates Stand Alone: rotate, rename, delete, move, copy, batch rename, add/Edit Metadata, camera raw image adjustments (crop, resize, exposure, contrast, white balance, curves, etc...)

Via Photoshop: contact sheet, merge to HDR, PDF presentation, Photomerge, Web picture gallery

Proprietary Included with various Adobe products 1
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom library organization, RAW and JPEG editing, slideshow tools, print layout and preferences, web gallery creation and uploading Proprietary 149 USD
Aperture Add view functions here Add edit functions here Proprietary 79 USD
blueMarine Import, tag, organise. JPEG, TIFF, RAW formats. None presently Apache License 2.0
CDisplay Fit to window, zoom, print, full-screen, slideshow, image collection, image information... Rotate, flip, save as, used for reading comics and manga. Proprietary freeware
Comix Fit to window, zoom, rotate, full-screen, image collection, image information... manga mode, double page view GNU GPL free
digiKam Fit to window, zoom, pan, Light Table, Slideshow+Effects, OpenGL viewer Rotate, crop, vertical/horizontal flip, lossless JPEG operations (90° steps), color management, 16bit color depth, Light Table, Exif, IPTC, XMP, GPS metadata, adjust colors/brightness/levels, elaborate Black and White conversion, automatic lens correction, anti-vignetting, sharpening tools, vibrance, many filters, Batch operations, export to archive, HTML, flickr, gallery2, picasaweb, smugmug, iPod, Facebook, 23hq, flash. GNU GPL free
Eye of GNOME Fit to window, zoom, print, full-screen, slideshow, image collection, image information... Rotate, delete, flip, save as GNU GPL free
EyeBrowse Fit to window, zoom, file tree, file selector, print with print preview, keyboard control, hotkeys, screen captures... Image manipulation (blur, resize, crop, sharpen, rotate, negative, vertical/horizontal flip, grayscale, brightness & contrast), batch file management, undo/redo actions Proprietary freeware
FastPictureViewer Borderless full-screen kiosk mode, Fit-to-window, 1:1, 50% to 6400% magnifier, multicore-enabled, GPU-based panning/zooming, black & white preview and lost shadows/highlights view. No image editing. File renaming. Single-click background copy/move to preset location, single-click rating/labeling (writes Adobe XMP sidecar files and/or embeds XMP metadata within JPEG/TIFF/HD Photo/JPEG XR), Windows rating, Color management including custom target profile selection, Unicode support, Exif shooting data (shutter speed, f-stop, ISO speed, exposure compensation...) and real-time, seamless R,G,B histogram in translucent floating window. IPTC metadata editor in the registered version. Proprietary free limited version, 44.99 USD for Professional edition or 49.99 USD bundled with the FastPictureViewer Codec Pack companion add-in.
FastStone Image Viewer All major formats, thumbnail view (5 predefined sizes), full screen, magnifier, slideshow. Many editing features: rotate, move, rename, 150+ transitional effects, crop, resize, clone, heal, convert format, color adjust, sharpen, drop shadow effects, scanner support, histogram, ... Proprietary Full program free for personal, educational, non-profit use. Commercial use: 34.95 USD for lifetime license.
Firehand Ember Proprietary 60 USD
F-Spot Full-screen, slideshow, zoom, multiple sizes of thumbnails. Export: HTML, Flickr, Gallery Project, Picasa, Facebook (via extension) and O.r.i.g.i.n.a.l Tags, rotate in single degree increments, hue, contrast, white balance, colour, sharpen, soft focus, crop, auto red-eye reduction. Files stored at /user/Pictures/Photos/[year]/[month]/[day] GNU GPL free
Geeqie Full-screen, slideshow, zoom, color spectrum, 14 sizes of thumbnails Rotate, move, rename, hue, contrast, find/remove duplicates GNU GPL free
Gonvisor Fit to window, zoom, print, full-screen, slideshow, image collection, image information, view images in compressed ZIP, RAR, or 7z files. Rotate, flip, save as, used for reading comics and manga. Proprietary freeware
GraphicConverter Full-screen, slideshow, etc. Rotate, move, rename... Proprietary 35 USD
gThumb Full-screen, slideshow, zoom, color spectrum, three sizes of thumbnails Rotate, move, rename, hue, contrast, GNU GPL free
Gwenview fullscreen, slideshow, zoom, rotate, adjust gamma/contrast/brightness, disk navigator, file tree, thumbnails, extended thumbnails, bookmarks... add border, filter, effects, resize, rename, raw image converter, recompress, edit color... GNU GPL free
Honeyview Fit to window, zoom, print, full-screen, slideshow, EXIF, GPS, supports viewing the images in compressed ZIP, RAR, or 7z files without extraction, Rotate, delete, flip, save as GNU GPL free
ImageAXS Unicode Organizing photos, importing image files, tracking features, as well as tags and collections for further sorting. Proprietary cost-free (Freeware). Out of support
Imagine Fullscreen, Slideshow, Zoom, Rotate, Thumbnails Resize, Rename, Greyscale, Negative, Swap colors, Filters (blur, edge, emboss, gaussian, sharpen, soften, viewer plugin for Total Commander and Double Commander ) Proprietary cost-free (Freeware without any limitation [1])
IMatch DAM, thumbnails, slide-show,
image previews, Unicode
Maintains a database for thumbnails and metadata.
Sorting, searching, categorising.
Standards-compliant metadata editing.
Will handle very large collections.
Proprietary Version 5
109.99 USD
iPhoto Thumbnails, fullscreen, slideshow, camera information, search, tags, organize by event or album, auto organize by date during first import Lossless JPEG rotate, Cropping (custom and template), Brightness/Contrast, Red-eye, Retouch, Color Enhancement, B&W and Sepia Conversion, Export to multiple format & size Proprietary 2
IrfanView Thumbnails (18 pre-defined sizes from 50×50–800×800 pixels), fullscreen, slideshow, zoom, fit (several options), view IPTC and Exif info, hex view, histogram (also RGB); Format detection with offer to rename, set wallpaper, EXE/SCR creation, Burn slideshow to CD; directory tree

32 languages (version 4.28/4.30)

Add Text, Crop, Cut/Copy selected area, Paste-Into selected area, paste from PrintScreen, Resize/Resample, Rotate, Flip Vert/Horiz, JPEG lossless transformations, Color Adjustments, change color depth, Greyscale, Red-Eye Reduction, Sharpen, effects/filters, Own and 8bf (Photoshop) plugins compatibility, insert text, edit IPTC info, Move, Copy, Delete, Rename, Convert, batch conversion, batch renaming/resizing/cropping, panorama creation, send email

via IrfanView Thumbnails/Plugins: contact sheet creation, thumbnail creation, web gallery creation, face detection

Proprietary For personal, educational use (schools, universities and libraries) and for use in charity or humanitarian organisations: cost-free (freeware).
At place of business or for commercial purposes: 12.00 USD or 10 EUR.
KSquirrel disk navigator, file tree, thumbnails, bookmarks, fullscreen, KIPI plugins ... resize, rotate, colorize, convert, print ... GNU GPL free
KPhotoAlbum Zoom, Rotate, Metadata, Exif, thumbnails (customize size), slideshow, Categories As Available per KIPI plugins GNU GPL free
Lphoto Zoom, Slideshow, camera information, Crop, redeye, color tweaking, auto attach and resize for email, export to HTML, export to CD GNU GPL free
Phase One Media Pro Thumbnails, Slideshow, Zoom, Print, Light Table, Library organization, best practice DAM Rotate, rename, delete, batch rename, Add/Edit Metadata (IPTC, EXIF, Custom), Free Reader App to distribute catalogs Proprietary EUR 139,00
Paint.NET Thumbnail, Zoom, Rotation, Multiple Page support, Pan, Fit to screen Resize, Crop, Copy, Paste, Black and white/sepia, various blurs, add and reduce noise, Plugin Support (Creative Commons Non commercial CC-BY-NC) cost-free
Picasa Zoom, lossless rotate, histogram, camera information, Thumbnails (fully adjustable), Slide Show (Full Screen w/zoom), Magnifier, Search, Search for faces Crop, straighten, redeye, color tweaking, retouch, tuning, add text, numerous effects, batch edit, batch rename, video rendering, HTML gallery creation, photo browser application creator, screensaver, face recognition, keyword tagging, geo-tagging, photo collage, original file preservation, reorganize storage Proprietary cost-free
Preview Zoom, rotate, metadata Crop, straighten, color tweaking, profile assignment Proprietary cost-free
Shotwell Thumbnails, Fullscreen, Slideshow, Zoom, Print, Camera Information, Events Auto Enhance, Rotate, Mirror, Flip, Red Eye, Crop, Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Temperature, Shadows, Revert to Original, Rename, Straighten, Change Time/Date, Publish to Facebook, Picasa Web Albums, Flickr GNU LGPL Free
Simple Comic slideshow, double image layout, left-to-right & right-to-left ordering, thumbnail navigation, zoom, print Quick Look for comic book archives, Finder icons, text notes, delete files, extract files MIT free
STDU Viewer fullscreen, fit to window, zoom, print rotate, brightness, contrast, gamma setting Proprietary free for non-commercial
Windows Live Photo Gallery fullscreen, slideshow, fit, zoom, print Panorama stitching, adjust brightness, contrast, color saturation/hue, filters, stitching, rotate, straightening and skew, face recognition. Proprietary cost-free
Windows Photo Gallery fullscreen, slideshow, fit, zoom, print Proprietary – (included with Windows Vista)
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer fullscreen, slideshow, fit, zoom, print rotate, lossy JPEG rotate, annotate TIFF images Proprietary – (included with Windows XP)
XnView Thumbnails (user-defined sizes), fullscreen, slideshow, zoom, fit, view IPTC and Exif info, ... Resize, crop, rotate, flip, JPEG lossless rotate/flip/crop, adjust exposure and colors etc., filters (sharpen, blur, average, emboss, ...), batch convert, batch rename, edit IPTC info, ... Proprietary freeware for private non-commercial or educational use, including non-profit organization (i.e. schools, universities, public authorities, police, fire brigade, and hospitals); otherwise 26 EUR.
Xv View as ASCII or Hex, magnify, determine pixel values Crop, pad, resize, rotate, flip, brightness, contrast, gamma, saturation, hue, colormap, reduce colors, dither, convert, and more Proprietary 35 USD
Zoner Photo Studio Thumbnails (user-defined sizes), fullscreen, histogram, slideshow with transitional effects, auto rotation, JPEG lossless rotate, pan, zoom, fit, ITPC and Exif info, GPS support, full Unicode support, free version does not support color profiles... Resize, crop, rotate, flip, JPEG lossless rotate/mirror, adjust exposure, colors, contrast, saturation, hue, white balance, levels, curves, gamma correction, filters (sharpen, blur, soften, edge, emboss, average, grayscale, ...), .8bf (Photoshop) plugins compatibility, color management, batch operations, image conversions with reduced/dithered colors, batch rename, red eye removal, edit ITPC, XMP and Exif info, time creation offset, merge to HDR, PDF presentation, panorama creation, lens correction, anti-vignetting, web picture gallery, DNG/RAW image converter, TWAIN scanners support, send pictures via e-mail, 3D pictures, dynamic calendar generation, support for WIC codecs (RAW processing)... Proprietary Free for 30 days
Home: 49.99 USD
Pro: 99.99 USD
Name View functions Other functions license Price

Note 1: Adobe Bridge comes included in the price with the Adobe Creative Suite CS2, Adobe Production Studio and Photoshop Elements 4 for Mac OS X. Adobe Bridge cannot be purchased separately, but Photoshop Elements is available from Adobe Systems for 70 USD, and Photoshop is available for 400 USD.

Note 2: The latest version of iPhoto comes included with every new Mac PC. iPhoto cannot be purchased separately, but is part of the iLife suite which is available from Apple for 10.49 GBP.

Note 3: See also Comparison of raster graphics editors.

Supported file formats[edit]

Program Comic book PDF BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD Other Graphics file formats
ACDSee BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD EMF, PCX, PIC, PICT, PSD, PSP, SGI, TGA, WMF, XBM, various camera formats among others
Adobe Bridge Displays all file types supported by Adobe Creative Suite
Aperture PDF JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD PSD RAW Formats: ARW, CR2, CRW, MOS, NEF, RAF, RAW, SRW, OLY, FFF, 3FR, DNG. Various video formats including: AVI, MOV, MPEG
CDisplay CBZ, CBR, CBT, CBA BMP JPEG PNG GIF
Comix CBZ, CBR, CBT JPEG PNG ...
digiKam BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF JPEG 2000, PCX, WMF, PNM, PPM, XCF, XPM, PGX, all RAW formats, DNG, MPEG, MPO, MPE, AVI, MOV, ASF
Eye of GNOME BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PNM, RAS, ICO, XPM, SVG
EyeBrowse BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF TGA, PCX, WMF/EMF, DIB, ICO
FastPictureViewer BMP JPEG PNG TIFF PSD HD Photo, HDP, WDP, JPEG XR
(+ RLE, DIB, ICO, MTIFF, DNG, NRW, NEF, CR2, ORF, PEF, ARW, RW2, SR2, SRF, RWZ in the registered edition, as well as DjVu, TGA, PSD, HDR, DDS, EXR, J2K, PNM, PBM, PGM, PBM, LRPREV, JPS through additional WIC codecs from the optional FastPictureViewer Codec Pack or from 3rd parties)[2]
FastStone Image Viewer BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD loading of: JPEG 2000, PCX, WMF, ICO, CUR, TGA, CRW, saving to: JPEG 2000, PCX, TGA
Firehand Ember BMP JPEG PNG
F-Spot JPEG PNG TIFF GIF CR2, CRW, DNG, MRW, NEF, ORF, PEF, PPM, RAF, RAW, SRF, SVG
Geeqie BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF 3FR, ANI, APM, ARW, CR2, CRW, CUR, DCR, DNG, ERF, ICNS, ICO, JP2/JPC/JPX/J2K/JPF, JPS, K25, KDC, MEF, MPO, MOS, MRW, NEF, ORF, PCX, PEF, PBM/PGM/PNM/PPM, PTX, QIF/QTIF (QuickTime Image Format), R3D, RAF, RAS (Sun Raster), RAW, SR2, SRF, SVG/SVGZ, TGA/TARGA, WBMP, WMF, X3F, XBM, XPM [3]
Gonvisor CBZ, CBR, CBA, CB7 PDF BMP JPEG PNG GIF Opens images contained in rar, zip, ace and 7zip files.
GraphicConverter PDF BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD 190 types read, 79 types saved
gThumb See note
Gwenview BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD MNG, SVG, MNG, XCF, RAW (NEF),[4] etc.
ImageAXS BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF Read/Write: DIB, ICO, TGA, PCX, DiCOM.
Imagine CBZ, CBR (with RAR plugin) BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD ANI, ANM (Deluxe Paint Animation), CorelDRAW drawing (CDR,CDT,PAT,CMX), CUR, DCX, DDS, EMF, ICL, ICO, MacPaint, MNG, PBM, PCD, PCX, PGM, PIC, CEL, PPM, PSD, PSP (Paint Shop Pro image), RAS, RLA, RLE, SGI (RGB,BW), SPR (Pro Motion Animation), TGA, WBMP, WMF, XBM, XCF, XPM
IMatch over 50 types including RAW, also Unicode
iPhoto JPEG PNG GIF PSD RAW (All QuickTime supported images), PSD (Leopard), AVI (Leopard), MOV (Leopard)
IrfanView PDF BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD ~70 types including : AIF, ANI/CUR, ASF, AU/SND, AVI, B3D, DIB, CAM (Casio JPG), CLP, DDS, Dicom/ACR, DJVU, ECW, EMF/WMF, EPS/PS, FITS, FlashPix (FPX), FSH, G3, HDR, ICO/ICL/EXE/DLL, IFF/LBM, IMG (GEM), JPEG 2000, JPM, KDC, LDF, LWF, MED, MID/RMI, MNG/JNG, MOV, MP3, MPG, MrSID, NLM/NOL/NGG, OGG, PBM/PGM/PPM, PCX/DCX, PhotoCD, PIC, PSD, PSP, RAS/SUN, RAW, Real Audio (RA), RLE, SFF, SFW, SGI/RGB, SWF (Flash/Shockwave), TGA, TTF, TXT, WAD, WAL, WAV, WBMP, WBZ/WBC, XBM, XPM, CRW/CR2, DNG, NEF, ORF, RAF, MRW, DCR, SRF, CAD formats. Partial support: MOV, QTIF, Mac PICT, FLI/FLC, SVG.
KSquirrel 51 types
KPhotoAlbum Photo formats supported by KDE; AVI, MPEG, RAW
Lphoto iPhoto Clone
Phase One Media Pro PDF JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD Supports over 100 file formats for images, videos and documents, including: PSD, IIQ, CR, CRW, MOS, NEF, RAF, RAW, SRW, DNG, EIP, DOC
Picasa BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF 8 types including TGA, RAW, and some movie formats
Preview PDF BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF All QuickTime images:
ResourceSpace Hundreds; all types supported by ImageMagick and FFmpeg plus InDesign
Shotwell JPEG PNG TIFF RAW and some video formats
Simple Comic CBZ, CBR, CB7 JPEG PNG GIF JPEG2000, any other Core Image supported format. Also opens 7-Zip, LHA, RAR, ZIP
STDU Viewer PDF BMP JPEG PNG TIFF (multipage) GIF PSD TXT, EMF, WMF, DjVu, XPS
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF WMF, EMF, ICO
XnView BMP JPEG (IPTC&Exif) PNG TIFF (multipage) GIF PSD reads about 400 formats, including: FAX, NEF, CRW, RWZ, EPS, WMF, DICOM; writes about 50 formats
Xv BMP JPEG PNG (with patch) TIFF GIF PBM, PGM, PPM, XPM, Sun Rasterfile, Targa, RGB, PCX, FITS, PM, PostScript
Zoner Photo Studio BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF/aGIF HDP/WDP, PSD, PSB, PSP/PSPIMAGE, DIB/RLE, J2K/JPC/JP2, PAM, PBM, PGM, PNM, PCD, PCX, WBMP/WBM, TGA, ICO, MAC, WPG, BMI, MDM, THN, ARW/SR2, CRW/CR2, DNG, ERF, KDC, MEF, MRW, NEF, ORF, RAF, RAW, X3F, 3FR, RW2, PEF, SRF, DCM, RWZ, stereo pictures: JPS, PNS, BMS.
Program Comic book PDF BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD Other Graphics file formats

Supported desktop environments[edit]

Name Windows Mac OS X Window System AmigaOS MorphOS IBM z/OS OS/2
ACDSee Yes Yes No No No No No
Adobe Bridge Yes Yes No No No No No
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Yes Yes No No No No No
Aperture No Yes No No No No No
CDisplay Yes No No No No No No
Comix No No Yes No No No No
digiKam Partial Yes Yes No No No No
Eye of GNOME No No Yes No No No No
FastPictureViewer Yes No No No No No No
FastStone Image Viewer Yes No No No No No No
Firehand Ember Yes No No No No No No
F-Spot No No Yes No No No No
Geeqie No Yes Yes No No No No
Gonvisor Yes Yes No No No No No
GraphicConverter No Yes No No No No No
gThumb No No Yes No No No No
Gwenview No No Yes No No No No
ImageAXS Yes Yes No No No No No
Imagine Yes No No No No No No
IMatch Yes No No No No No No
iPhoto No Yes No No No No No
IrfanView Yes No No No No No No
KSquirrel No No Yes No No No No
KPhotoAlbum No No Yes No No No No
Lphoto No No Yes No No No No
Phase One Media Pro Yes Yes No No No No No
Paint.NET Yes No No No No No No
Picasa Yes Yes No No No No No
Preview No Yes No No No No No
Shotwell No No Yes No No No No
Simple Comic No Yes No No No No No
STDU Viewer Yes No No No No No No
Windows Live Photo Gallery Yes No No No No No No
Windows Photo Gallery Yes No No No No No No
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer Yes No No No No No No
XnView Yes Yes Partial No No No No
Xv No No Yes No No No No
Zoner Photo Studio Yes No No No No No No
  • SView5 may also run on Linux/x86 and MacOS/x86 using Mono

Features[edit]

Program Fullscreen slideshow zoom
(styles)
cache decoded images thumbnails (sizes) thumbnail caching navigation views print sort
(schemes)
search (criteria) selection (styles) metadata adjust image (functions) hotkeys color management (ICC) other / special JPEG Lossless operations Unicode support
ACDSee Yes Yes Yes
1:1, fit width and/or height, lock
Yes
previous, next
Yes
user-defined
Yes
database
directory-tree, albums, calendar, favourites, search results Yes Yes
user-defined, name, date, size, type, ...
Yes Yes
individual, linear, block
Yes
Exif, IPTC
Yes
many
Yes Yes GPS Location, Scripts for batch/pre processing, automatic slideshow Yes
rotation only
Yes
Aperture
CDisplay Yes Yes Yes
1:1, fit over/under width/height, fullscreen, doublepage
Yes
Fixed, with scroll
Thumbnails(of current folder images or archive) No No No No Yes Yes
Rotate, Filter
Yes
configurable
Yes Slider, automatic slideshow, mouse control No No
Comix Yes Yes Yes
1:1, fit over/under width/height, fullscreen, doublepage
Yes
Fixed, with scroll
Thumbnails(of current folder images or archive) No No No No Yes
Rotate, Filter
Slider, automatic slideshow, mouse control
digiKam Yes Yes Yes
fit, in/out
Yes
previous, next
Yes
adjustable size
Yes Yes album-tree, tags, calendar, searches, map (geolocation) Yes Yes
tags, date, keywords, metadata
Yes
file name, comments, most Exif and meta data
Yes
linear, block, complex
Yes
Exif and IPTC
Yes
many editing function
Yes Yes Geotagging, batch processing, detect duplicate/similar images, export to Internet/social media/HTML Yes
in 90° steps
Yes
Eye of gnome Yes Yes Yes
+/-, 1:1, best fit
image collection pane, only one row Thumbnails(of current folder images) Yes No No No Yes Yes
Rotate
Yes
unconfigurable
Yes
F-Spot Yes Yes Yes Yes list, file-tree Yes
keywords
Yes Export to HTML, Flickr, or O.r.i.g.i.n.a.l.
FastPictureViewer Yes Yes
Auto-advance mode
Yes
1:1, fit, 50%-6400% magnifier, click-and-hold zooming
Yes
dynamic, adaptive
Yes
96x96px, shown on navigation slider (Vista or later)
Yes
(uses OS-managed cache on Windows Vista or later)
Yes
Windowed or full-screen, back and forth navigation, bookmarks, navigation slider
No Yes Filenames, file creation/modification date, Exif date taken, GPS timestamp Yes
Filter the view by rating, file name...
Yes
Copy, move, delete, rate, label
Yes
Write XMP Rating/Label, IPTC metadata, Windows Rating, embedded or in sidecar files, shows shooting info (Exif) and realtime RGB histogram
No Yes Yes
(supports custom monitor profile, direct conversion from image colorspace to monitor colorspace, ICC v4)
Native 32 and 64-bit, Tethered shooting (MTP/PTP over USB), Multicore-aware, DirectX accelerated, HD Photo / JPEG XR support. n/a Yes, native
FastStone Image Viewer Yes Yes Yes
1:1, fit width and/or height, lock
No Yes
5 predefined sizes
Yes
database
dir-tree Yes Yes
user-defined, name, date, file size, image size, type
Yes
individual, linear
Partial
JPEG comment
Yes
many
Yes
lossless transitions
No
Geeqie Yes Yes Yes
fit, 1:1, in/out
Yes
previous, next
Yes
24x24 - 256x256
Yes
as png-files centrally or in sub-dir
list, dir-tree, collection Yes Yes
collections, keywords, directory
Yes
collections, keywords, filename, location, size, date, dimensions, comments, previous results
Yes
block, linear, complex
Yes Yes
rotate, brightness, contrast
Yes find duplicates, sort manager, recent collections
gThumb Yes Yes
random, forward, reverse
Yes
fit, 1:1, remember, fit-if-larger, in/out
Yes
48x48 - 256x256, 9 sizes
Partial Newer versions cache in a central directory list, icon, subfolders, categories Yes Yes
catalogs, categories
Yes
name, comment, date, category, folder, recursive-folder
Yes
linear, block, complex
Partial Yes
manipulate color, flip/rotate, etc.
Yes bookmarks, comments, rename series, create index image, create HTML album Yes[5]
Gwenview Yes Yes Yes
fit, 1:1, fit-if-larger, zoom to 1600%
Yes
adjustable size
Yes Yes
fullscreen thumbnails, dir-tree
Yes Yes
name, size, date
Yes
tags
Yes
Exif, IPTC, XMP
Yes
Rotate, Red eye removal, saturation, color balance, levels and more
Yes batch processing, export to Internet/social media/HTML Yes Yes
ImageAXS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes tags, comments, rename series, create HTML album Yes Yes Yes Yes
IrfanView Yes Yes Yes
1:1, fit width and/or height, lock
No Yes
18 predefined sizes: 50×50–800×800
No dir-tree, search results Yes Yes
name, date, file size, image width/height, type, user-defined
Yes
name, date, metadata
Yes
individual, linear
Yes
JPEG comment, IPTC, Exif
Yes
many
Yes Yes
Custom monitor profile supported
Batch Conversion, Supports Adobe Photoshop Filter 8BF plugins, Screen Capture Yes
crop plugin and rotate plugin available
Yes
(with plugin)
KPhotoAlbum Yes Yes Yes
fit, in/out, presets
Yes views search results by date Yes
keywords, comments, title, any field from Exif metadata
Yes
linear, complex
Partial Yes
per KIPI plugins
Yes
configurable
Quick-tagging using keyboard tokens
Media Pro Yes Yes Yes
Fit to viewing area/height/width, 1:1, zoom to 1600%
Yes Yes
Yes, user-defined
Yes
Database
Yes Catalog-sets, date, filetypes, events, author, people, by search, by keywords and all metadata Yes Yes
name, date, size, user-defined
Yes
name, date, rating, file size, and many more.
Yes
individual, linear
Yes
EXIF, IPTC, and custom keywords
Yes
Rotate, Red eye removal, saturation, color balance, levels and more
Yes Yes Yes Find duplicates, hierarchical keywords, distributable catalog with free Media Pro reader, offline browsing of images Yes
Picasa Partial
only in slideshow mode
Yes Partial
no view window, fit to viewing area, 1:1, zoom to 400%
No Yes
user defined
Yes
database
directory-tree, albums, timeline Yes Partial
name, date, size, user-defined
Yes
name, date, rating, faces
Yes
individual, linear
Partial
Keywords
Partial
basic
Yes Yes collages, Geotagging, Search for Faces, find duplicates Yes
rotation only
Yes
ResourceSpace Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
user defined
Yes
database
thumbs, list, events, tags Yes
contact sheet
Yes
date, relevance, colour
Yes Yes Yes
Exif, IPTC, user defined
Yes
rotate, gamma
No
Shotwell Yes Yes Yes No Yes
fixed size
Yes Thumbs, Events (dates), tags Yes Yes
Title, Exposure Date
No Yes
individual, linear, hide
Yes
Read IPTC, Exif, XMP
Yes
Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Shadows, Temperature, and more
Yes No Non-destructive editor, Auto Enhance Images, Duplicate, Upload, Favorite No Yes
Simple Comic Yes Yes Yes
Magnifying loupe on cursor
Yes Yes
fullscreen thumbnails, thumbnails when hovering over progress bar, single page, double page
No Only by ascending file name. No No Yes
rotate
Yes capture page, remove page, set icon
STDU Viewer Yes No
Yes
fit to width, fit to height, fit to size
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer Yes Yes Yes
1:1, fit, in/out
Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes: Exif Yes
rotate, lossless JPEG rotate, annotate TIFF images
Yes Yes
rotate only
Yes
XnView Yes Yes Yes
1:1, fit width and/or height, lock
Yes
previous, next
Yes
user-defined
Yes
database
dir-tree, favourites, categories Yes Partial
name, date, size, type, etc.; no user-defined order
Yes
name, date, file size, image size, meta data, ...
Yes
individual, linear
Yes
IPTC, Exif, JPEG comment
Yes
many
Yes
configurable
Yes
Custom monitor profile supported
Supports Adobe Photoshop Filter 8BF plugins Yes No
Supported in XnViewMP
xv No Yes No Yes
fixed size
Yes
in subdirectory (.xvpics)
Yes Partial
name
No Partial
individual, all
Partial
view comments
Yes
many
Yes
Zoner Photo Studio Yes Yes Yes
1:1, fit width and/or height, lock
Yes
in Viewer, previous and next
Yes
user-defined
Yes
database
dir-tree, albums, CD compilations, media archive, search results, web albums Yes
contact sheet, templates, calendars, paper saver
Yes
name, date, size, type, etc.; user-defined order
Yes
name, date, file size, meta data
Yes
individual, linear
Yes
IPTC, Exif, XMP, JPEG comment
Yes
very many
Yes
configurable
Yes sign images, 16 bits per channel, GPS support, merge pictures to HDR, WIC codecs support Yes Yes
Program Fullscreen slideshow zoom (styles) cache decoded images thumbnails (sizes) thumbnail caching navigation views print sort (schemes) search (criteria) selection (styles) metadata adjust image (functions) hotkeys color management (ICC) other / special JPEG Lossless operations Unicode support

Notes[edit]

  • Prices will vary over time, and between suppliers, and are for approximate indication only
  • iPhoto is part of iLife, which includes a DVD authoring package (iDVD), a video editor (iMovie), a music player (iTunes), a multimedia web publisher (iWeb), and an audio-sequencing program (GarageBand)
  • ACDSee supports 61 various image formats and writes to 16. Reads 9 compression formats and writes to 2. Also ACDSee supports 33 Video Formats (Reads)
  • FastPictureViewer's DirectX hardware acceleration support depends on the actual video card installed and the amount of available video memory. The commercial version also supports previewing some camera RAW formats for which a WIC-enabled codec exists. Such RAW codecs are currently available from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and for Adobe DNG.
  • Many applications on Mac OS X use either the Core Image or QuickTime APIs for image support. This enables reading and writing to a variety of formats, including JPEG, JPEG2000, Apple Icon Image format, TIFF, PNG, PDF, BMP and more.

References[edit]

Adobe now (2014) has a different price structure than what is listed above. Photoshop and Lightroom are now sold via subscription only, for $9.95/month. This version is called Creative Cloud.

See also[edit]