? Recommendations for Apps to Associate with Images

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Nehmo Sergheyev
Oct 14, 2005
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You can set your file associations (in WinXP, Control Panel > Folder Options > File Types) to open a JPEG in any compatible program. But some programs, like Photo Shop, take too long to load to be efficient as a quick viewer. So it’s practical to default-open with some smaller app with limited functions. Usually, all I want to do on the first view, if anything, is perhaps a lossless (or more correctly, without additive compression error) crop and a re-save to an appropriate folder. Later, if I want, I may edit the image in a big program.

I’m trying to figure out what’s the best program for viewing, minimal editing, and organizing.

What program do professional graphic people use to associate with their JPEGs?


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zarrookez
Oct 14, 2005
You can set your file associations (in WinXP, Control Panel > Folder Options > File Types) to open a JPEG in any compatible program. But some programs, like Photo Shop, take too long to load to be efficient as a quick viewer. So it’s practical to default-open with some smaller app with limited functions. Usually, all I want to do on the first view, if anything, is perhaps a lossless (or more correctly, without additive compression error) crop and a re-save to an appropriate folder. Later, if I want, I may edit the image in a big program.

I’m trying to figure out what’s the best program for viewing, minimal editing, and organizing.

What program do professional graphic people use to associate with their JPEGs?


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I, and many others, use Irfanview.
http://members.home.com/rsimmons/irfanview/english.htm
It’s fast, it’s free, and will associate many file types. Keith.
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Walter Donavan
Oct 14, 2005
In addition to IrfanView, FastStone Image Viewer and Picasa 2 are also excellent.

IrfanView, FastStone and Picasa are freeware.

And if you have Microsoft Office, Microsoft Photo Editor makes and excellent, fast, multi-image viewer; I still use it on occasion.
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zarrookez
Oct 14, 2005
Sorry, the URL I provided was old and no longer exists. Use this: http://www.irfanview.com/
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Nehmo Sergheyev
Oct 14, 2005
– Walterius –
And if you have Microsoft Office, Microsoft Photo Editor makes and excellent, fast, multi-image viewer; I still use it on occasion.

– Nehmo –
Actually, until just now, I used MS Picture Manager (comes with Office 2003 http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009/LPMArticle.asp?ID =298) as the initial opening tool, but it crops with a loss and takes its time to load. Moreover, an additional instance of the app opens with each new JPEG.

I’m experimenting with Xnview http://www.xnview.com/


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Character
Oct 14, 2005
Nehmo wrote:
You can set your file associations (in WinXP, Control Panel > Folder Options > File Types) to open a JPEG in any compatible program. But some programs, like Photo Shop, take too long to load to be efficient as a quick viewer. So it’s practical to default-open with some smaller app with limited functions. Usually, all I want to do on the first view, if anything, is perhaps a lossless (or more correctly, without additive compression error) crop and a re-save to an appropriate folder. Later, if I want, I may edit the image in a big program.

I’m trying to figure out what’s the best program for viewing, minimal editing, and organizing.

What program do professional graphic people use to associate with their JPEGs?

I use the default image viewer in Windows XP. It’s very fast and once you’ve opened an image, you can easily page through all the images in the given folder.

I also make extensive use of the "Send To" and "Open With" facilities; I can right-click on an image and have my pick of which application I want to open it with. The difference between them is that "Open With" only lists applications relevant to the file type, while "Send To" is a fixed list of whatever applications you’ve put there, whether or not they’re appropriate to the given file type.

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JD
Oct 15, 2005
On 14-Oct-05 15:11, Nehmo wrote:
You can set your file associations (in WinXP, Control Panel > Folder Options > File Types) to open a JPEG in any compatible program. But some programs, like Photo Shop, take too long to load to be efficient as a quick viewer. So it’s practical to default-open with some smaller app with limited functions. Usually, all I want to do on the first view, if anything, is perhaps a lossless (or more correctly, without additive compression error) crop and a re-save to an appropriate folder. Later, if I want, I may edit the image in a big program.

I’m trying to figure out what’s the best program for viewing, minimal editing, and organizing.

What program do professional graphic people use to associate with their JPEGs?

Why only have one association? You can create multiple associations for your .jpg files (or for any file extension) so if you double left click on a .jpg the it opens with the default viewer but if you right mouse click on a .jpg you can select a different viewer. Take a look at:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;133217

I use an older version of PSP (4.16) as my default .jpg viewer but I also have PS7 set as a second viewer for .jpg files.

If I didn’t have the old PSP I’d probably use Irfanview as my primary viewer.


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KatWoman
Oct 15, 2005
"JD" wrote in message
On 14-Oct-05 15:11, Nehmo wrote:
You can set your file associations (in WinXP, Control Panel > Folder Options > File Types) to open a JPEG in any compatible program. But
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I use the default image viewer in Windows XP. It’s very fast and once you’ve opened an image, you can easily page through all the images in the given folder.

I also make extensive use of the "Send To" and "Open With" facilities; I can right-click on an image and have my pick of which application I want to open it
with. The difference between them is that "Open With" only lists applications
relevant to the file type, while "Send To" is a fixed list of whatever applications you’ve put there, whether or not they’re appropriate to the given
file type.

I use this setup (win xp default) very practical for editing (I detest the PS file viewer)
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JD
Oct 15, 2005
On 15-Oct-05 14:00, KatWoman wrote:
"JD" wrote in message

On 14-Oct-05 15:11, Nehmo wrote:

You can set your file associations (in WinXP, Control Panel > Folder Options > File Types) to open a JPEG in any compatible program. But
snip

I use the default image viewer in Windows XP. It’s very fast and once you’ve opened an image, you can easily page through all the images in the given folder.

I also make extensive use of the "Send To" and "Open With" facilities; I can right-click on an image and have my pick of which application I want to open it
with. The difference between them is that "Open With" only lists applications
relevant to the file type, while "Send To" is a fixed list of whatever applications you’ve put there, whether or not they’re appropriate to the given
file type.

I use this setup (win xp default) very practical for editing (I detest the PS file viewer)

Adding Photoshop to the Send To folder is a lot better than my method. Now I can use Photoshop to open any picture file. Thanks!


JD..

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