Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
If, like me, you
own a digital camera and/or scan pictures and save them
on your computer, you need a graphics program to access
and work with your pictures. One of the best and simplest
graphics utilities Ive ever come across, and my
personal favorite, is a product called Irfanview32. And
its also a freeware program for individual use.
supports multiple image formats. It also has many
different functions for basic and advanced users. Here is
a screen capture of a picture showing the Irfanview32
Of the multiple
functions available, the following are the functions I
use most often:
You can use Irfanview32 to Open an image file or if you
associated the image extensions with Irfanview32 during
installation (or from the Options menu), you can simply
the filename in your Windows Explorer. Once an image is
loaded, hitting the ENTER key will make the image full
screen. You can then scroll through all the pictures in
the folder using the right mouse button
to advance forward or the left mouse button to return
backwards. You can also use the spacebar to advance
through the pictures in the folder. During viewing (full
screen or not), you can zoom in or out using the Viewmenu
or the +or -keys.
While viewing an image, pressing the T or
using the File menu allows you to see thumbnails (small
versions) of all the images in the folder using a file
manager like interface.
images: When I take pictures vertically with my
digital camera, they are saved such that they initially
show laying horizontally. Once a picture is opened, it
can be rotated left, right, or flipped vertically or
horizontally using the Image menu or using the shortcut
keys L, R, V or H. The rotated picture can then be saved
as a new file or overwriting the old file.
In some cases Im only interested in a portion of
the picture. I can use Irfanview32 to mark the area I
want by clicking on one extremity and dragging the box
over the area Im interested in.
Then I use the Edit menu to Crop (cut out) the portion I
marked. I can the save the crop as a new file or
overwrite the original file.
renaming: Another extremely useful function is the
Batch file renaming capability. Digital cameras name
image files using the same filename and adding a numeral
to distinguish the files (ex.
Image001.jpg, image002.jpg, etc.). In the File menu, you
have a Batch Rename function. You can add all files in a
folder or just selected files. You can then provide a
meaningful filename template (ex. GeeseNov00_###) and
Irfanview32 will rename all the files to the template
name. The ### adds
an incrementing numeral to the template (ex. Geese Nov00_001.jpg,
Geese Nov00_002.jpg, etc.). You can choose to rename the
existing files or copy them to new files, keeping the
conversions: Similarly, all the files in a folder can
be automatically converted to another image format. This
function works along the same lines as batch file
Images can be resized using a variety of options and a
variety of filters.
I used the Slideshow function under the File menu to
create a slideshow of several thousand pictures we had
taken. I then ran the slideshow with auto scrolling set
at 10seconds and ported the output through my video card
TV Out port to our VCR where I taped the output. The tape
was sent to our daughter in Alberta who doesnt have
has functions for sharpening colors, enhancing the
images, adding effects etc. It also allows viewing of
free product is great and simple to use for the novice.
But it has a multitude of features that even an advanced
user would find useful.
home page is located at:
recommend you download both the Irfanview32 utility and
the add-on plugins. Install the utility first and then
the add-ons. Personally I use the images only
associations when installing Irfanview32.
Web site: http://www.ryansimmons.com/users/irfanview/english.htm
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