Ir­fan­view 4.50

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What you need: Win­dows 7, 8.1 or 10

There are only two non-mi­crosoft pro­grams I use ev­ery day: Chrome and Ir­fan­view. Nei­ther is per­fect – Chrome bul­lies my PC with its slew of back­ground pro­cesses, and Ir­fan­view used to bun­dle a PUP in its in­staller. But they’ve both man­aged to make them­selves in­dis­pens­able, and Ir­fan­view is now bet­ter than ever – and it’s fi­nally gone junk-free.

Ir­fan­view’s Im­age menu is packed with quick cre­ative tricks such as panorama and slideshow cre­ation, greyscale con­ver­sion and photo ef­fects. It also in­cor­po­rates a su­perb Ex­plorer-style li­brary tool called Thumb­nails. But where it re­ally ex­cels is in quick im­age file tasks: con­vert­ing be­tween for­mats (dozens of them, in­clud­ing iphone PNG in the new ver­sion); re­siz­ing (di­men­sions and res­o­lu­tion); crop­ping, ro­tat­ing, print­ing and more.

Ver­sion 4.50 adds sev­eral new fea­tures. You can now cre­ate a ‘Hot­folder’ – Ir­fan­view au­to­mat­i­cally opens any photo saved to it (although not sev­eral at once, an­noy­ingly). The Thumb­nails tool now lets you sort pho­tos by megapix­els, and the ed­i­tor now lets you move a se­lec­tion along a per­fectly straight line for ex­tra pre­ci­sion when crop­ping.

To get ver­sion 4.50, click Ir­fan­view in one of the ‘down­load’ boxes ( 32bit or 64bit). The in­staller is hosted by Down­, but at the time of writ­ing it no longer con­tains un­wanted ex­tras. There’s a por­ta­ble edi­tion (, but it’s still ver­sion 4.44, and down­load­ing it in­volves in­stalling the Portableapps tool. The new Ir­fan­view Win­dows app ( is less pow­er­ful, but it’s worth a look if you’re run­ning Win­dows 10.

1 To au­to­mat­i­cally open the lat­est photo you saved in a given folder, click Op­tions then ‘Hot­folder (watch folder)...’. Click Browse, nav­i­gate to the folder, then click Start. 2 To move a se­lected area pre­cisely hor­i­zon­tally or ver­ti­cally, drag your mouse, then press Ctrl+right-click (up and down), or Shift+rightclick (side to side). Press Ctrl+y to crop. 3 To sort pho­tos by megapix­els, click File, then Thumb­nails (or press T). In the li­brary win­dow that opens, click Op­tions, ‘Sort thumb­nails’ and then ‘by Im­age Megapix­els’. 4 Click Im­age for cre­ative tools, in­clud­ing panorama (a row of sev­eral pho­tos), greyscale con­ver­sion and fil­ter ef­fects. Click Adobe 8BF Plu­g­ins to add more.

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