Manipulating photos with Irfanview

What is IrfanView ?

IrfanView is a very fast, compact and innovative FREEWARE image viewer/converter for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7.  IrfanView is fast and small, with extremely low system resources requirements. IrfanView was the first Windows graphic viewer (worldwide) with Animated-GIF support! It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.

Reduce Photograph Size
If you have ever uploaded or scanned a bunch of photographs with the hopes of sharing them with friends and family, only to discover that they are absolutely massive? Today’s digital cameras and scanners produce high-resolution images that are not only huge on the screen, but huge on the hard drive as well. Scaling down photographs makes them easier to view and easier to share and upload.  IrfanView has a wonderful tool for reducing both the physical size and the pixel size.

Crop the Photograph
Cropping a photo will remove pixels from the image, reducing its size. Essentially it is cutting off part of the picture to make it smaller. Cropping is analogous in the physical world to cutting the picture with a pair of scissors. When cropping with IrfanView you are able to choose the area to crop out.Resize the image
Resizing an image will reduce the number of pixels in an image without cutting any parts of the picture out. A pixel is essentially a dot of color that comprises your photo. A typical digital photo can have hundreds of pixels or more. The more pixels your image has, the bigger it is. Reducing the number of pixels will reduce the size of the image, which means that the clarity (resolution) will be reduced, possibly significantly if your starting image is big and your ending image is quite small. IrfanView is the answer.

There is also a great feature that gives the option to batch re-size (Batch/Conversion/Rename).  This allows bulk sizing instead of singular that is very time consuming.

Features of IrfanView:
Multi language support, Thumbnail option, slideshow, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, email, print, Paint plugin – to paint lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc., support for color profiles, change color depth, scanning, OCR, cut/crop, IPTC edit, screen capturing, lossless JPG operations, effects (sharpen, blur, Adobe Photoshop filters), EXE/SCR creating, Unicode support, many hotkeys, many command line options, 50+ plugins.

Microsoft Media Player PlugIn: allows IrfanView to read following formats: ASF, AU/SND/AIF, AVI, MID/RMI, MOV, MP3, MPG/MPEG, WAV, WMA, WMV.

Support for Apple QuickTime (PlugIn): allows IrfanView to read following formats: MOV, QTIF, Mac PICT, FLI/FLC.

Supported file formats:
AIF, ANI/CUR, ASF, AU/SND, AVI, AWD, B3D, BLP, BMP/DIB, CAD formats, CLP, DDS, Dicom/ACR, DJVU, ECW, EMF/WMF, EPS/PS/PDF/AI, EXR, FITS, FPX (FlashPix), FSH, G3, GIF, HDR, HDP/WDP, ICO/ICL/EXE/DLL, IFF/LBM, IMG (GEM), JLS, JPG2000, JPG, JPM, KDC, LDF, LWF, MED, MID/RMI, MNG/JNG,OV, MP3, MPG, MrSID, NLM/NOL/NGG, OGG, PBM/PGM/PPM, PCX/DCX, PhotoCD, PNG, PSD, PSP, PVR, RAS/SUN, RAW, Real Audio (RA), RLE, SFF, SFW, SGI/RGB, SWF/FLV, TGA, TIF, TTF, TXT, WAD, WAV, WBMP, WSQ, XBM, XPM, CRW/CR2, VTF, DNG, NEF, ORF, RAF, MRW, DCR, X3F, PEF, SRF, EFF, DXF, DWG, HPGL, CGM, SVG, WBC/WBZ, etc.

FREEWARE for non commercial use !  Enjoy ! 🙂

Note: IrfanView software is provided “as-is”.

No warranty of any kind is expressed or implied.

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