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IrfanView

What is IrfanView?

IrfanView is a free software that was independently developed by Irfan Skiljan, a Bosnian software engineer who was living in Vienna. IrfanView was first released in 1996 and has since gained a cult following among Windows users, renowned for being lightweight, free, and generally performing faster than any other third-party or Windows-default image-viewing application then and now. IrfanView’s features include the ability to play and support a wide variety of file formats, including some video files, plus some limited image editing and painting capabilities. IrfanView is mainly a Windows-only application but can be run on other operating systems using Wine (for Linux) and WineBottler (Mac OS X). There is a commercial, paid version that offers more features.

IrfanView’s small size makes it the preferred image-viewing program of most Windows users; it only occupies about 10 MB even with all plugins installed, and its vanilla version only reaches up to 1.6 MB. This translates to a lightning-fast performance, having a very small memory footprint. Like most modern image-viewers, IrfanView can create slideshows from a specific folder with your custom sorting rules, but unlike others that only feature still images, IrfanView can also include supported video files as well.

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