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multimedia1.pngIrfanView is a freeware image viewer for Microsoft Windows that can view, edit, and convert image files and play video/audio formats. It does not have extensive image creation and painting capabilities like Adobe Photoshop or GNU’s GIMP. Rather, IrfanView is designed to be a lightweight viewer/player which is noted for its speed, ease of use, and ability to handle a wide variety of graphic file formats.

The program is named for its creator, Irfan Skiljan of Bosnia and Herzegovina.IrfanView works under all modern versions of Microsoft Windows (i.e. Windows 95 to Vista; Microsoft tested version 3.98, which was on the official Vista software list). It supports numerous file formats including: image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, non-image media files such as Flash, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG, MP3, and text files. program is internationalized for at least french and english languages.

The program is compact – the latest version is less than 1400 kB in size, although several megabytes of plugins are available to support numerous other file formats and features. In addition to extensive viewing capabilities and file conversion options, IrfanView can also create screensavers and slide shows from collections of images. These screensavers and slide shows can be created as “stand-alone” executables that will run on computers which do not have IrfanView installed.

IrfanView can also be used to create icons by converting common graphic files into .ico format. It also supports Adobe-compatible 8bf image processing filters, including many freely downloadable ones, though its ability to apply them to portions of an image is limited compared to full-scale image editors.

The program has built-in TWAIN support for retrieving images from scanners; it also has extended support for taking screenshots.
It can crop, resize, and rotate images. Images can be adjusted by modifying the brightness, contrast, tint, Gamma level, and so forth, and by converting them between formats. Many of these changes can be applied to multiple images in one operation, using batch processing.

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