by Dan Delong
I have long liked, and used, XnView... the classic Windows version of this multipurpos image handling software. The addition of letters "MP" to the name "XnView" must refer to its multi-platform compatibility. And, although XnView MP's GUI has changed somewhat, the feature list appears identical to the original classic version of XnView.
My typical tasks for the program include batch conversion from one of the recognized formats (about 500 of them) to one of the many output formats (about 70 of them). When doing batch convertions to jpeg, for example, other changes can be made during the processing of these files. Resizing is a typical additional change, but there are many others. Lately, I used XnView to convert a whole bunch of book page scans, from JPEG to PDF, while making each image 50 % smaller. That, then, allowed me to assemble all of these pages into a much smaller, multi-page, PDF document, using a different PDF editor.
I should mention another convenience offered by XnView, and that is the ability to make self-running, timed, slide shows. I believe, since XnView can play videos, they too can be inserted into the slide show. I found it most useful for EXIF editing and stripping. Thumbnail views in XnView aslo offer more informtaion at a glance, and they can be made almost any size desired.
Once again, in order to simplify writing of these montly software reviews, I'll leave it up to interested potential users to look over the complete list of features provided by the developers. Personal usage of XnView (all versions) is free.
[NOTE: You may wish to add Ghostscript to the installation. A link to directions will be provided by the XnView installer.]
Platform: Windows 32 / 64-bit, OSX, and Linux
Price: Free (personal)
Language: English, German, French, Portugese, Hungarian, and others
Download Size: 50 MB
Installed Size: Not Specified
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