'FastStone Image Viewer Portable' Downloads
(Not The Buggy CrippleKrap 1 From 'Portableapps.com' =)
'Fast Stone Image Viewer' is a deeply flawed, but FREE program that is more convenient & flexible than other freeware options I've tried out. If U know N E better freebies, let me know at 'balkanguy at live dawt kom' (figure it out). Since their crazy site doesn't even list the old versions, I 'guessed' my way 2 them by modding the address line, & the server actually helped out with some 'next closest name' type lists, which I compiled here 4 your 'retro-computing' fun =) Note the program doesn't look like this 'out of the box'. 4 Trix 2 get it so flash, send me $$$ 4 the config tweex =D Same goze 4 'Explorer' (E Z On Thee Eyz =) Can mod the folder images & stuff 2 but that's a bit more 'deep' ~ not sure U R up 4 it ~ R U 'worthy'??
U may say 'well that's kind of boring lookin' well maybe but it's a TOOL & the key is 2 make it quick & fun 2 use & avoid 'eye strain'. If U want 2 C something more 'Pretty' maybe gaze on some A$$ =8^D
Doesn't even need 2 B new A$$ ~ Key is "How Fortunately Arranged". This 1's 'Round '50...
Newer does not mean better ~ even with 'Electronica'. There's a unique 'Feel' U may PREFER innits 'Retro Radness' over others, like so...
Or even 'Ancients'...
Yet another example is how loads of pros dig 'vintage' instruments & gear 'kuz sum sound better than the rest. AllSoOften newer gear REMOVEs functionality & fancyness when "ChaSing $implicity 4 The Ma$$es' =))
Deer Gawd (LLord FFDShow) is a prime monument 2 THAT! Y the FROK would Eye want some 'latest greatest' fail-train codec pack when this Bag-O-Trix can get in there & make movies look N E way YOU want. "I Am The User & What I Say Goze!" =D How 'Tron' Is THAT!" =;-o Note the 4 examples from the movie here R direct-to-bitmap captures with NO JPEG compression (100%) so U get the best feel 4 the vibe. They have been resized from DVD down to 600 pixels wide for 'page convenicne' though. A neat trick not shown here is can also spline & warpsharp & other funky stuff 2 match your native screen resolution(s) 4 that 'HD/HDR' vibe even from (most) 'old junk' DVDs & backups. Might call me a 'Video Remastering Ninja' ~
Awesomized Example (below) = More 'U R There-Ness' (In Their 'Tron World' =)
Yet another 'direct' (raw) clip (movie uses variety of 'aspect ratios' 4 'mood')...
Tweaked with my 'Mad Upsampler' $killz (below) = Bask In The Cruzin' Canadian Glow =D
& no, 'taint just fancy custom gamma graph modz. I'm into loads of different FX & 'processes' adding up 2 stuff looking LESS 'processed', & more REALISTIC! ~;o) I'm also way into making even 'Retro Garbage' look BETTER (sometimes) than the 'Update HD' stuff. It's frooken' AMAZING wat U kandoo W/this $tuff ~ & people go around pretending FFDShow is '2 Dated'? Gotta have 'CUDA' & 'OpenCL'? Sure those may B 'fast' or something, but what can they really DO with what's available? If sum1 wants 2 make FFDShow level flexibility & stuff run on CUDA I'm all 4 it, but 'till then ~ Oh Please... 'trendiness' is a 'fashion' far oversimplified. I'm more interested in PERFORMANCE!! =)
Newer things R quite often far LESS advanced & useful, like how versions of FastStone after '5.8' force a white background on the address window, which is way lame since I need dark 2 match the windows theme I use (easier on the eyes =) So it's all '58' & B 4 4 MEEE! =D Sure they may add some other 'useful features' but none of them outweigh the ANNOYINCE they bundle with it = that SCREECHY BRIGHT address line when all the rest is 'Dimly Calm' 4 'Cinematic Mistique'. Come on guyz ~ don't U 'beta test' your $hit?? TRY OUT THE FEATURES & LOOKS B 4 U RELEASE IT! =P
U can view the 'Changelog' here:
Note that version 5.8 is the 1'st 2 provide 'multiple instance support'. It also conforms to windows conventions by using the address box background the user specifies (in my case, dark). Versions 5.9 & up they say have 'improved drag & drop' functionality. Well that's all very 'nice', but they ALSO ruin the visual look by forcing a bright background on the address window =P It's up 2 U what U R into ~ like if U prefer a 'light' theme N E way, U will never notice that HIDEOUS FLAW! =D
Some other flaws with the program is it tends to hang a long time when trying to open folders with very large images or lots of images in them, as it tries to 'build a preview database' (whether or not U try 2 'disable' this feature in the 'Settings'). Wat they shood dew iz make it so only 'loads' whatever is VISIBLE TO THE USER, not the 10,000 whatever things 'down in the list' that R not even present in the preview window for viewing. When the USER hits 'scroll down' (or whatever) only THEN should it load WHAT WOULD BE VISIBLE IN THE WINDOW =)
Another cool feature they should add is the ability to open multiple preview windows, like pasting photos onto a refrigerator door like the program 'Thumbs Plus' can do, moving & opening various different pix all over the 'desktop' at the same time like a 'collage show'. More on that here...
Lastly, a feature that would B really nice 2 have is the ability 2 store 'user presets' for the various filter settings, like specific gamma curves, color mixes, etc. for processing tasks, 2 easily recall 'favorite vibes' like multiple 'Noise Reduction' passes & so on, & it should OF COURSE add the ability 2 do all of that in BATCH PROCESSES 2! ~;) 4 instance, if U have a bunch of 'noisy' images from a cell phone camera, it's nice 2 run say 4 passes of moderate noise reduction on them & then spline resize them & do another 4 passes = each building on the other's Awe$omeness, then dew sum Kolur & Gamma 'Lighting' tweex n' watever floats yer' boat 4 more 'dramatic' $tyle, & 2 B able 2 do it in bulk on 'directories' 2.
There R other gripes sure but those R the main 1's & the rest R relatively minor, except 4 their video 'support' which is a complete waste of time (just locks things up & rarely able 2 play N E thing). Really if they want 2 add video capability they need 2 link the thing into MPC-HC, FFDShow, & AC3Filter, & use the 'Grab' function from FFDShow 2 create thumbnails @ certain (user-specified) % into the video &/or specific times 2 create preview images 4 motion clipz ~ so kan browze 'em in the 'folder tree' like U-Boob web sites =D More on that here:
Note there R portable versions of that 'MPC' thing, & some have different advantages over each other. Contact me 4 Detail$ if interested.
FFDShow may B a bit 'complex' 4 initial users. I've been messing with it about 20 years & know loads of trix! 4 a fee I can trade how 2 get 'old krap' DVDs looking like HD & stuff (literally). Like say U rent some old 'Rhoda' show from Netflix 4 'memory laine' relaxshon. If U R into that then Y not have it all lookin' sleek n' fancy rather than grainy, dark & blurry? ~;D
This AC3 thingy is also GR8 4 doing 'Leveling & Mastering' type stuff with the EQ & dynamics processing capabilities. There R many trix I use 2 help get almost ANYTHING sounding GR8. 4 a fee I can clue U in 2 my 'Elite Method$' =:o) It's rather 'tweaky' & depends on your $ystem. I'm very into the whole '$ound Thing'. More on that here:
Sum Trix U Kandoo W/Fast$tone R UPsizing things & making them prettier, like so...
From this = Smaller dimensions yet more than double the file size & not as 'moody'...
That 'Square1' is SUPERcompressed! =:-o There's a neat feature where it lets U 'dynamically preview' the RESULT of ratios in JPG & stuff so can CHOOSE based on the particular look (rather than guessing & hoping), like deciding where the 'errors' maybe even ENHANCE things by matching up certain ways across faces & such 4 best 'Mistique'. It's really very interesting & I'll B doing some page(s) on that = 'Maximum Eye Candy To Megabyte Ratio' things.
IMPORTANT: If N E of theeze lynx don werk go ahead & zap me a massage 2 find 4 U 'online' as I got 'em all = HOORAY 4 FREEWARE! =:D
Last updated Feb 29, 2019