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Photo Browser - a free tool to manage, browse and show huge photo collections

Welcome to Photo Browser, an easy to use tool to quickly browse and view large image collections. You have two windows: the resizable view (can be made full screen) and the also resizable file manager with thumbnail view. You can see details with a virtual magnifier (loupe) with changable zoom (drag mouse wheel) to see details of your image in the preview window at the best available detail level. You also can apply basic image editing operations like cropping, resizing, tilting, brightness, contrast and more; intuitively and with minimal time investment. There is also an integrated slideshow viewer with a large collection of beautiful transition effects and other tools. Photo Browser is FREEWARE.

  • Viewer WindowViewer Window
  • File BrowserFile Browser
  • Image EditorImage Editor
  • FilterFilter
  • Batch ProcessingBatch Processing
  • PDF ExportPDF Export

Highlights

  • Two-Window (resizable) interface: one window to browse your files, another window for the preview or slideshow
  • Two alternative viewing modes: fit-to-window (resizable window) or original size, with zoom factor (10..200%)
  • High quality, fast thumbnail generation (bicubic resizing with sharpener filter is applied), even for > 10 Megapixel photos
  • Magnifier glass with changeable magnification factor (drag mouse wheel to zoom in or out)
  • Slideshow feature with 22 transition effects (3D transitions included: page flipping and rotating cube)
  • Lossless rotation, EXIF support, crop / resize / tilt and simple but powerful image editor
  • Batch processing with watermark/stamping tool, resizing and renaming; export to PDF / print of "contact sheets"
  • Works great, even with huge image sizes (like those 4600x3500 pixel images from 16 Megapixel cameras)!
  • Supported image formats: JPG/JPEG (with EXIF info), JP2 (JPG 2000), PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF/TIFF, TGA, PCX, ICO
  • ...and the common RAW formats DNG, CRW, CR2, RAW, NEF, PEF, RAF, SRF, SR2, ARW

Full List of Features

  • Create thumbnails of your image collections in variable sizes and store them in a database file. Quickly browse through huge image collections, after they have been indexed.
  • Thumbnail size can be 32 to 256 pixels, the browser window can be resized without limits
  • Thumbnails are generated with the highest possible quality (bicubic resizing with sharpener filter applied)
  • Separate, resizable preview window with stepless image size reduction (can also be made full screen and moved to a second monitor)
  • Two viewing modes: fit-to-window (resizable window) or original size, with zoom mode from 10% to 200%. Displays Animated GIFs correctly.
  • Magnifier glass with changeable magnification rate (drag mouse wheel)
  • Slideshow mode with selectable interval (4..10 sec) and 22 different transitions (3D transitions included, like page flipping and rotating cube) or random
  • Show preview on mouse click or mouse-over in the browser window
  • Display embedded EXIF information for JPEG photos, by moving the mouse over the thumbnail (also shows file size and image size)
  • Thumbnails are stored in a small and compact Microsoft SQL Server CE database file, which can be moved to any place you like
  • Folder history and editable favorites list, to quickly jump to any recently visited folder
  • Batch processing tool to apply a watermark/stamp text to all images in a folder and resize images to a given maximum width/height.
  • Renaming tool to apply new names to all images in a folder, with a user-defined prefix and a number with a variable number of leading zeros
  • Export "contact sheets" with variable image size / table columns to PDF, for archiving or printing and print the current image in full-page mode
  • Lossless Rotation (90° clockwise or counterclockwise)
  • Rename single images or save them to a new location
  • Image editor with basic image editing features (without the huge and confusing filter collection nobody needs):
  • Cropping (locked ratio: original or 1:1, 2:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4 - or free ratio, landscape or portrait orientation)
  • Resizing (set one side and the other is calculated according to the image ratio)
  • Tilting (+/-30°), adjust brightness, contrast, gamma, color saturation
  • Apply a sharpener filter and convert to grayscale
  • The editor allows you to see the complete (resized) image or the original size (with panning) and to reset all filters (also temporarily while clicking the preview, to compare with original)
  • You always save a copy of the original image (with selectable JPEG compression, up to 100% quality) by default, to keep your originals untouched, but you are also able to overwrite the originals if you choose
  • Runs on Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32 bit and 64 bit)

Version History

  • 3.21 (May 24, 2016) - Windows 10 compatibility bugfix release
  • 3.2 - Bugfix release: fixed a null reference exception and a memory leak in the GongShell.dll library
  • 3.1 - improved behavior in full screen mode while playing a slideshow (hide navigation)
  • 3.0 - Photo Browser is now FREEWARE - enjoy!
  • 2.38 - Photo Browser is now compatible with Windows 8
  • 2.37 - Fixed 1:1 (show original size) function in the filter section (Edit dialog)
  • 2.36 - Fixed batch processing module (stamp position, resizing when using EXIF rotation)
  • 2.33 - 2.35 - Fixed some more memory leaks
  • 2.32 - Fixed batch processing function: very large image files caused an out-of-memory exception (so only the first files of a batch were processed) on resizing. Added a new option "Portrait Format same Height as Landscape Format", which makes portrait fotos the same height as landscape fotos of the same size. Longer side can now be up to 2000 pixels.
  • 2.31 - Fixed printing function. JPG quality settings (50..100%) are now adjustable in smaller steps as well as saved and restored. Some minor adjustments and improvements.
  • 2.3 - Photo Browser now supports virtually all RAW image formats as well as JP2 (JPG 2000), TIF/TIFF, TGA, PCX, ICO.
  • 2.2 - Added a simple full-page printing function for the current image. The printer and the orientation (portrait / landscape) can be selected in the upcoming dialog.
  • 2.1 - Animated GIFs can now be displayed in the new view mode (the zoom factor is set to original size). Redesigned the new view mode window; several improvements and bug fixes.
  • 2.0 - Major update: added a "View Mode" menu item, to switch from fit-to-window mode to original size mode. In the new original size mode the user can select the zoom factor (10-200%) and use scrollbars in a larger-than-window image.
  • 1.0 - First release

 

Runs on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista
Version 3.21