FastStone Image Viewer 6.0 is the latest version of the popular image browser, converter and editor for the Microsoft Windows operating system.
The new version of the application introduces a -- very comfortable -- new option to jump between servers while using it to viewing images among other things.
Nothing has changed in regards to how the program is offered: FastStone Image Viewer 6.0 is free for home use, and can be downloaded as a portable version or installer for users who prefer that. The program is ad-free and comes with a no-spyware guarantee.
You may run the portable version directly after you have extracted the archive it is supplied in on the system.
The program uses three panes by default to display information: a folder browser and preview of the selected image in a sidebar area on the left, and all images as thumbnails of the selected folder on the right.
You can change the interface according to your needs. You may hide the preview image for instance, or switch between different view modes.
Probably the biggest new feature of FastStone Image Viewer 6.0 from a usability point of view is an option that improves folder navigation while viewing images.
Two new options are integrated in the new version of the image viewer. The first is a new keyboard shortcut that you can use to quickly jump to the next or previous folder. To do so, simply use Alt-Left or Alt-Right to jump to the previous or next folder in line.
This works regardless of which image is selected in the active folder. The second option switches to the next or previous folder automatically when you reach the end of the active folder in viewer mode.
This option needs to be enabled in the settings though before it is active. Select Settings > Settings, and check the "auto next folder" option on the viewer tab when the options window opens.
Quite handy to browse a collection of images continuously if they are stored in several folders and not just one.
The remaining features improve several tools of the application or add new options to the settings. You may now right-click on thumbnails to copy images for instance, or find two new zoom filters in the settings.
You can check out the full change history on the official website linked below in the summary box.
FastStone Image Viewer 6.0 may not introduce a massive list of new features or changes, but the option to jump between folders is definitely something that improves the image viewing functionality significantly.
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