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.

Functionality overview and licensing[edit]

Name View functions Other functions License Notes
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
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
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom library organization, RAW and JPEG editing, slideshow tools, print layout and preferences, web gallery creation and uploading Proprietary
Aperture Proprietary discontinued; replaced by Photos
CDisplay Fit to window, zoom, print, full-screen, slideshow, image collection, image information... Rotate, flip, save as, used for reading comics and manga. Proprietary
Comix Fit to window, zoom, rotate, full-screen, image collection, image information... manga mode, double page view GNU GPL
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
Eye of GNOME Fit to window, zoom, print, full-screen, slideshow, image collection, image information... Rotate, delete, flip, save as GNU GPL
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
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
Firehand Ember Proprietary no longer available
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
Geeqie Full-screen, slideshow, zoom, color spectrum, 14 sizes of thumbnails Rotate, move, rename, hue, contrast, find/remove duplicates GNU GPL fork of GQview after it was discontinued
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
GraphicConverter Full-screen, slideshow, etc. Rotate, move, rename... Proprietary
gThumb Full-screen, slideshow, zoom, color spectrum, three sizes of thumbnails Rotate, move, rename, hue, contrast, GNU GPL
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
ImageAXS Unicode Organizing photos, importing image files, tracking features, as well as tags and collections for further sorting. Proprietary
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
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 discontinued; replaced by Photos
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
KSquirrel disk navigator, file tree, thumbnails, bookmarks, fullscreen, KIPI plugins ... resize, rotate, colorize, convert, print ... GNU GPL
KPhotoAlbum Zoom, Rotate, Metadata, Exif, thumbnails (customize size), slideshow, Categories As Available per KIPI plugins GNU GPL
Lphoto Zoom, Slideshow, camera information, Crop, redeye, color tweaking, auto attach and resize for email, export to HTML, export to CD GNU GPL
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
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)
Photos Proprietary
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
Preview Zoom, rotate, metadata Crop, straighten, color tweaking, profile assignment Proprietary
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
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
STDU Viewer fullscreen, fit to window, zoom, print rotate, brightness, contrast, gamma setting Proprietary
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
Windows Photo Gallery fullscreen, slideshow, fit, zoom, print Proprietary
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer fullscreen, slideshow, fit, zoom, print rotate, lossy JPEG rotate, annotate TIFF images Proprietary
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
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
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
Name View functions Other functions License Notes

Supported file formats[edit]

Commonly used vendor-independent formats[edit]

Program Comic book PDF BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD Other graphics file formats
ACDSee BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD ACDSee reads 9 compression formats and writes to 2, reads 33 video formats, and supports 61 image formats and writes to 16, including 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, OLY,[citation needed] 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, MPEG, MPO, MPE, AVI, MOV, ASF
Eye of GNOME BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PNM, RAS, ICO, XPM, SVG
F-Spot JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PPM, SVG
FastPictureViewer BMP JPEG PNG TIFF PSD HD Photo, HDP, WDP, JPEG XR
(+ RLE, DIB, ICO, MTIFF 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)
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
Geeqie BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF ANI, APM, CUR, ICNS, ICO, JP2/JPC/JPX/J2K/JPF, JPS, MPO, PCX, PBM/PGM/PNM/PPM, QIF/QTIF (QuickTime Image Format), RAS (Sun Raster), SVG/SVGZ, TGA/TARGA, WBMP, WMF, XBM, XPM
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), etc.
ImageAXS BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF Read/Write: DIB, ICO, TGA, PCX, DiCOM.
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, CAD formats. Partial support: MOV, QTIF, Mac PICT, FLI/FLC, SVG. Note that some modes don't display large animated GIF files entirely (for example the Slideshow mode).
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, EIP, DOC
Photos
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 over 500 formats,[1] including: FAX, EPS, WMF, DICOM, DPX; 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, DCM, stereo pictures: JPS, PNS, BMS.
Program Comic book PDF BMP JPEG PNG TIFF GIF PSD Other graphics file formats

Camera raw formats[edit]

Program ARW
Sony
CR2
Canon
DNG
Adobe
NEF
Nikon
ORF
Olympus
PEF
Pentax
RAF
Fujifilm
SRW
Samsung
X3F
Sigma
Others Notes
ACDSee ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F cRAW, CRW, DCR, ERF, HDR, MRW, RAW, RWL, sRAW [1]
Aperture ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F CRW, MOS, RAW, FFF, 3FR [2]
digiKam ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F Several [3][4]
F-Spot ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F

CRW, MRW, RAW, SRF

FastPictureViewer
(registered edition)
ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F NRW, RW2, SR2, SRF, RWZ etc. [5]
Geeqie ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F

3FR, CRW, DCR,ERF, K25, KDC, MEF, MOS, MRW, PTX, R3D, RAW, SR2, SRF

IrfanView ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F CRW, EEF, DCR, MRW, NRW, RW2, SRF [6]
Phase One Media Pro ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F

CRW, MOS, RAW

Picasa ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F 3FR, CRW, DCR, KDC, MRW, NRW, RAW, RW2, SRF, SR2 [7]
Shotwell ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F Support "limited", export 8-bit only [8]
XnView ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F CRW, RWZ and more [9]
Zoner Photo Studio ARW CR2 DNG NEF ORF PEF RAF SRW X3F 3FR, CRW, ERF, KDC, MEF, MRW, RAW, RW2, RWZ, SR2, SRF [10]

Supported operating systems[edit]

Name Windows Mac OS Linux Last release
ACDSee Yes Yes No December 2014
Adobe Bridge Yes Yes No June 31, 2013
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Yes Yes No April 30, 2015
Aperture No Yes No October 16, 2014
CDisplay Yes No No 2004
Comix No No Yes 2009
digiKam Partial Yes Yes February 24, 2015
Eye of GNOME No No Yes March 25, 2015
FastPictureViewer Yes No No February 28, 2015
FastStone Image Viewer Yes No No July 31, 2015
Firehand Ember Yes No No December 4, 2004
F-Spot No No Yes 2010
Geeqie No Yes Yes 2012
Gonvisor Yes Yes No January 2015
GraphicConverter No Yes No March 10, 2015
gThumb No No Yes April 14, 2015
Gwenview No No Yes November 11, 2014
ImageAXS Yes Yes No 1996
IMatch Yes No No June 2, 2015
iPhoto No Yes No March 19, 2015
IrfanView Yes No No June 23, 2014
KSquirrel No No Yes December 7, 2007
KPhotoAlbum No No Yes July 15, 2014
Lphoto No No Yes 2008
Phase One Media Pro Yes Yes No July 17, 2012
Paint.NET Yes No No December 7, 2014
PhotoQt Yes No Yes January 17, 2015
Photos No Yes No April 8, 2015
Picasa Yes Yes No August 13, 2014
Preview No Yes No
Shotwell No No Yes March 23, 2015
Simple Comic No Yes No
STDU Viewer Yes No No April 21, 2014
Viewnior No No Yes May 1, 2015
Windows Live Photo Gallery Yes No No January 10, 2014
Windows Photo Gallery Yes No No January 10, 2014
Windows Photo Viewer Yes No No
XnView Yes Yes Yes March 16, 2015
Xv No No Yes 1994
Zoner Photo Studio Yes No No September 26, 2014

Basic features[edit]

Program Fullscreen slideshow zoom
(styles)
cache decoded images thumbnails (sizes) thumbnail caching navigation views print sort
(schemes)
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, ...
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
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
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
Eye of gnome Yes Yes Yes
+/-, 1:1, best fit
image collection pane, only one row Thumbnails(of current folder images) Yes No
F-Spot Yes Yes Yes Yes list, file-tree Yes
keywords
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
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
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
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
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
ImageAXS Yes Yes Yes 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
KPhotoAlbum Yes Yes Yes
fit, in/out, presets
Yes views search results by date
Phase One 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
Photos
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
ResourceSpace Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
user defined
Yes
database
thumbs, list, events, tags Yes
contact sheet
Yes
date, relevance, colour
Shotwell Yes Yes Yes No Yes
fixed size
Yes Thumbs, Events (dates), tags Yes Yes
Title, Exposure Date
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.
STDU Viewer Yes No
Yes
fit to width, fit to height, fit to size
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer Yes Yes Yes
1:1, fit, in/out
Yes No No No Yes No
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
xv No Yes No Yes
fixed size
Yes
in subdirectory (.xvpics)
Yes Partial
name
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
Program Fullscreen slideshow zoom (styles) cache decoded images thumbnails (sizes) thumbnail caching navigation views print sort (schemes)

Additional features[edit]

Program search (criteria) selection (styles) metadata adjust image (functions) hotkeys color management (ICC) JPEG Lossless operations Unicode support other / special
ACDSee Yes Yes
individual, linear, block
Yes
Exif, IPTC
Yes
many
Yes Yes Yes
rotation only
Yes GPS Location, Scripts for batch/pre processing, automatic slideshow
CDisplay No No Yes Yes
Rotate, Filter
Yes
configurable
Yes No No Slider, automatic slideshow, mouse control
Comix No No Yes
Rotate, Filter
Slider, automatic slideshow, mouse control
digiKam Yes
file name, comments, most Exif and meta data
Yes
linear, block, complex
Yes
Exif and IPTC
Yes
many editing function
Yes Yes Yes
in 90° steps
Yes Geotagging, batch processing, detect duplicate/similar images, export to Internet/social media/HTML
Eye of gnome No No Yes Yes
Rotate
Yes
unconfigurable
Yes
F-Spot Yes Export to HTML, Flickr, or O.r.i.g.i.n.a.l.
FastPictureViewer 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)
n/a Yes, native Native 32 and 64-bit, Tethered shooting (MTP/PTP over USB), Multicore-aware, DirectX accelerated, HD Photo / JPEG XR support.
FastStone Image Viewer Yes
individual, linear
Partial
JPEG comment
Yes
many
Yes
lossless transitions
No
Geeqie Yes
collections, keywords, filename, location, size, date, dimensions, comments, previous results
Yes
block, linear, complex
Yes Yes
rotate, brightness, contrast
Yes Yes find duplicates, sort manager, recent collections
gThumb Yes
name, comment, date, category, folder, recursive-folder
Yes
linear, block, complex
Partial Yes
manipulate color, flip/rotate, etc.
Yes Yes bookmarks, comments, rename series, create index image, create HTML album
Gwenview Yes
tags
Yes
Exif, IPTC, XMP
Yes
Rotate, Red eye removal, saturation, color balance, levels and more
Yes Yes Yes batch processing, export to Internet/social media/HTML
ImageAXS Yes Yes Yes Yes
IrfanView Yes
name, date, metadata
Yes
individual, linear
Yes
JPEG comment, IPTC, Exif
Yes
many
Yes Yes
Custom monitor profile supported
Yes
crop plugin and rotate plugin available
Yes
(with plugin)
Batch Conversion, Supports Adobe Photoshop Filter 8BF plugins, Screen Capture
KPhotoAlbum Yes
keywords, comments, title, any field from Exif metadata
Yes
linear, complex
Partial Yes
per KIPI plugins
Yes
configurable
Quick-tagging using keyboard tokens
Phase One Media Pro 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
Photos
Picasa Yes
name, date, rating, faces
Yes
individual, linear
Partial
Keywords
Partial
basic
Yes Yes Yes
rotation only
Yes collages, Geotagging, Search for Faces, find duplicates
ResourceSpace Yes Yes Yes
Exif, IPTC, user defined
Yes
rotate, gamma
No
Shotwell No Yes
individual, linear, hide
Yes
Read IPTC, Exif, XMP
Yes
Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Shadows, Temperature, and more
Yes No No Yes Non-destructive editor, Auto Enhance Images, Duplicate, Upload, Favorite
Simple Comic No No Yes
rotate
Yes capture page, remove page, set icon
STDU Viewer No No No No Yes No No Yes
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer No No Yes: Exif Yes
rotate, lossless JPEG rotate, annotate TIFF images
Yes Yes
rotate only
Yes
XnView 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
Yes No
Supported in XnViewMP
Supports Adobe Photoshop Filter 8BF plugins
xv No Partial
individual, all
Partial
view comments
Yes
many
Yes
Zoner Photo Studio Yes
name, date, file size, meta data
Yes
individual, linear
Yes
IPTC, Exif, XMP, JPEG comment
Yes
very many
Yes
configurable
Yes Yes Yes sign images, 16 bits per channel, GPS support, merge pictures to HDR, WIC codecs support
Program search (criteria) selection (styles) metadata adjust image (functions) hotkeys color management (ICC) JPEG Lossless operations Unicode support other / special

Notes[edit]

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • SView5 may also run on Linux/x86 and MacOS/x86 using Mono.

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