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Offline GfK

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Alternative to MS Photos app [Win10]
« on: September 01, 2020, 12:30:04 PM »
MS Photos is crap.  More often than not, when I try to open files, it just hangs, and then throws a "File system error (-randomnumberhere)".

Hard drives are fine.  And I'm not alone with this - hundreds of people report the same problem.  Unfortunately none of the "fixes" I found via Google have worked.

So, what's everyone else using as their main photo viewer these days?  Is IrfanView still a thing?  Seemed to be the go-to app back in the day for this, but are there better options now?
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Offline Ashmoor

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Re: Alternative to MS Photos app [Win10]
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2020, 02:46:29 PM »
I am using XN View. It's free and if you set it properly it makes navigation through several hard drives and projects a breeze.

If you want something to create drawing reference/mood boards (I saw you got a new wacom), use PureRef.

Offline Dan

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Re: Alternative to MS Photos app [Win10]
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2020, 09:25:13 PM »
I'm voting for XN view too (the classic version)! I'v been using it since Win XP.

If you install it's shell extension, then you get a "Browse with xn view" on the folders right click menu.

And images can be previewed by right clicking on them too.

Additionally, if you want to convert from one type to other, the shell extension makes it possible and fast.

The browsing of the folders can be made to use the mouse as well.
I'm using the scroll wheel for the next/previous file, middle mouse click to switch between fullscreen/windowed and browsing mode and right click + wheel in the picture for zooming.

It has a lot of options, and some basic editing functions.

The preview of Gif files is nice too, even browsing the individual frames is possible.

It has some tools, like combining some images into an adobe flash viewer or creating a picture screensaver and few others.

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Offline GfK

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Re: Alternative to MS Photos app [Win10]
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2020, 12:24:46 AM »
Ta, will give it a going over.
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Re: Alternative to MS Photos app [Win10]
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2020, 09:36:19 AM »
I tried the "MP" version first (mainly because I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing), and I hated it.  Far too complicated and fiddly for what I needed.

Classic version seems to be just the job.  Picture viewer, straight to the point, fairly lightweight, no fannying about.
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