FastStone MaxView v2.2

webfork on 28 Jun 2017
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Nov 2008
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

FastStone MaxView is a fast and compact image viewer that supports major graphic formats. The program includes multiple view options including zoom and full screen, and supports touch interfaces. The program can be used to quickly rotate (lossless), resize, crop, annotate and print images, It includes slideshows with 150+ transitional effects and background music, detailed image information including EXIF metadata, and can even view files from inside ZIP, RAR, and 7zip files, common with comic book distributions.

The program supports BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA etc. It also supports digital camera RAW formats, including: CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF and DNG. Supports viewing password protected archives

Note: V2.2 is the last freeware release. As of V2.3, it has turned shareware.

Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch MaxView.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Xlideit Image Viewer, NexusImage

19 comments on FastStone MaxView  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

uwotm8 2016-08-03 10:48


AdrianK_IT 2015-03-17 16:12

Another potentially brilliant app for random slideshow viewing of images under voice commands - ruined by the fact that when you pause a slideshow, a 'Paused' message appears on screen, and doesn't go away (until you un-pause)!


FlashY_Fool 2011-03-16 13:13

i use manga meeya as viewer to show pics in zipped file
it suits me well n i liked it


Hugh_H 2009-08-05 18:38

This works BUT...
It is really GRABBY with "focus" -- you click in another window and MaxView still has focus even though the other window is highlighted. You have to click away TWICE to rip this loose. Then it grabs focus back intermittently.

When you scroll, you get the next file "physically" in the folder, not the next one in the order you're looking at in the active Explorer window. It's like a GOVERNMENT viewer!

It works I guess, but the focus-hogging is REALLY irritating!

Eric Landrum 2008-12-16 16:32

I use FastStone on my USB key, and Irfanview on my laptop. For a while I thought I would change to FastStone completely, but I found that while it had a lot of the same features I like, I found that about half my gif files and most of the movie files I had didn't play at all in the full screen view.

While I will keep using Irfanview on my laptop, FastStone will be sufficient for my USB key. Now if they improve it that may be rethought.

Ancient Images 2008-12-11 22:44

This is the first image viewer I have ever seen that _doesn't_ allow you to Set As Wallpaper. Even Windows Picture & Fax Viewer can set an image as the desktop wallpaper. Heck, even Netscape and IE. I'll stick with IrfanView for quick "double click" viewing and FastStone Image Viewer for more complex thumbnail type stuff (both of which should also be available on this site).

avoidz 2008-12-10 23:12

+1 for FastStone Image Viewer - it is amazingly feature-packed. It's a toss-up between it and IrfanView for supremacy.

hari 2008-12-10 00:00

It looks like a compact version of FastStone Image Viewer. Which I think I going to stick with that (more features). I used Irfan view as well before, use both for a while, then once I got comfortable with all the features & how-to I found FastStone Image Viewer is better.

Vikingdread 2008-11-10 06:21

Mmm...I like it, but compared to IrfanView it lacks speed and features. The only thing that MaxView dows better than IrfanView is the text and drawing tools.

Fred 2008-11-07 22:54

Fred again, MaxView is going well, 2 things though, can't see an option for setting desktop wallpaper, and it seems a bit slower to load images than ACDSee. I'll experiment a bit to see what I can find.

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