Though primarily conceived as a simple image viewer, FastStone MaxView has evolved into a feature-rich viewing tool, a slideshow maker, an image importer, a lossless image editor, a wallpaper creator, and a reading tool for EXIF and other metadata information. It not only supports all the most widely used image file formats but also RAW formats from the most renowned camera manufacturers.
The program’s interface has been designed to make the most of your screen. It allows you to view your best images in all their glory. Apart from its touch-screen support and its clear magnifying tool, menus and toolbars may be auto-hidden so that nothing interfere with your viewing experience. Among the editing features this program provides, you will find lossless JPEG rotation and cropping, the possibility of using hotkeys to copy, move, delete, rename, or rotate your images, as well as the option to launch an external editor just by pressing a hotkey you defined.
You can add text, arrows, and highlight to your images easily and conveniently. Likewise, you can send any of your images to your desktop background as wallpaper automatically, and produce stunning slideshows complete with more than 150 transition effects and a soundtrack of your choice.
There is one more feature, however, that you won’t find in most of its competitors – its ability to display the images contained in a ZIP, RAR, or 7-Zip file, even if they have been protected with a password. This will allow you to view images intended only for you without having to extract the contents of a password-protected archive.
FastStone MaxView goes well beyond the functionality of common image viewers, offering you a set of interesting tools and features that add value to an already competitive image-viewing tool.