Update FastStone Image Viewer 7.6: improved performance and new rating system

silversurfer

Level 85
Thread author
Verified
Honorary Member
Top poster
Content Creator
Malware Hunter
Well-known
Aug 17, 2014
8,060
FastStone Image Viewer 7.6 is the latest version of the free (for home use) image viewer for Microsoft Windows devices. The new version is the first release since the release of FastStone Image Viewer 7.5 in March 2020. While it is a point release, it could have been a major version release as well thanks to its new features and improvements.

FastStone Image Viewer 7.6 is already available on the official website. It is offered as a portable version that does not need to be installed and as an installer that installs the program on the system.

Existing users may notice the performance improvement right after they have upgraded the application to the latest version. One of the main changes of FastStone Image Viewer 7.6 is that a new database engine is used. The database is not mentioned, but it promises better performance, capacity and reliability according to the release notes. The program's startup time, folder tree creation and network folder access have also been improved and users should notice improvements in these areas.

The second improvement comes in form of a new rating system. It is a basic one, as it allows you to assign ratings between 1 and 5 to files. Ratings are not enabled by default, selecting Rating > Enable File Rating unlocks the functionality.

The keyboard shortcuts Alt-1 to Alt-5 may be used to assign ratings to files in the application from that moment on. Ratings can be removed with the shortcut Alt-0, and the same options are available in the right-click menu under Ratings.

image ratings
The rating system would not be very useful if you could not use it to filter images in the application. Select the new ratings filter option to display images that match a specific rating or a rating range. Use the keyboard shortcut Shift-1 to Shift-5 to apply the filter quickly; Shift-0 displays all unrated images. Options to display greater or equal, or less than or equal, ratings are provided as well.

The new FastStone Image Viewer 7.6 supports two additional sorting options: date and tagged. Tags and ratings are preserved in the database when files are moved or copied.

Another new option is found under Settings: "Pre-scan folders into thumbnail databases" will scan selected folders or drives automatically, even before they are accessed by the user. Drive letters or paths need to be added to include these in the automatic operation. Subfolders are scanned automatically, but this can be disabled in the configuration window.

FastStone Image Viewer 7.6 has several minor improvements as well:
  • Image Strip Builder has a new Center option.
  • The status bar displays the size of selected items.
  • The three native themes have been improved.
  • Preserve Aspect Ratio added to Image Size in the Design and Print tool.
  • Google Maps and Google Earth may be accessed via the hotkeys Ctrl-Shift-M and Ctrl-Alt-M for images with GPS coordinates.
  • EXIF Lens Model option added to caption in Contact Sheet, text in Slide Show and text in Batch Convert tool.
  • Images in the active folder may be shuffled prior to the completion of thumbnail generation.
  • Windows View mode: merge two status bars into one to maximize the viewing area.
  • New option to select the secondary monitor under Settings > Dual Monitor if more than two monitors are detected.
 

silversurfer

Level 85
Thread author
Verified
Honorary Member
Top poster
Content Creator
Malware Hunter
Well-known
Aug 17, 2014
8,060
FastStone Image Viewer 7.7
Version 7.7 (August 24, 2022)
  • Loads HEIC/HEIF faster by 40% to 100%
  • Added "Show Dimension" option to Settings -> Thumbnail tab
  • Added "25%" and "75%" options to the Quick Resize menu
  • Added an option to Settings -> Programs tab to open external programs using Alt key instead of Ctrl key
  • In Draw Board, you can now draw objects continuously without having to select the drawing tool repeatedly
  • For Batch Convert/Rename:
    • You can now customize the template list for filenames
    • Added "Keep Screen On" option to the batch processing dialogs
  • For GPS:
    • Added a new GPS format DDD° MM.MMMM'
    • Added "Show in Open Street Map" option
  • For RAWfiles:
    • Supports OM-1 ORF format
    • Added "RAW Filter" option to Settings -> RAW tab. This option puts a filter on toolbar to show or hide RAW files with a single click
    • When RAW files are hiddenby disabling "View RAW files in" option in Settings -> RAW tab, you will have the following new options:
      • Handle (rename, delete, copy, move) RAW+JPEG together
      • Open RAW in external programs
  • Improved text rendering quality in slideshow
  • You can now rotate all pages in a multi-page tiff file with a single click
  • Other minor improvements and bug fixes
Source: FastStone Image Viewer - Powerful and Intuitive Photo Viewer, Editor and Batch Converter
 
Top