Sometimes, you want to have all sorts of editing tools in one package. Yes, there's Photoshop and Illustrator but for the regular user, there's only the need for touch ups and batch editing. There are quite a few programs that deal with this need. Here's one of them.
FarStone Image Viewer picks up where Explorer left off. Essentially, it is a file browser with a ton of picture editing functions. You can set up favorite folders so you can access them quicker without clogging the Explorer favorite bar. There is an embedded preview box and an array of easy reachable functions in the top bar. As far as external functions go, FarStone can retrieve images from scanners and capture devices. You can also set up so that you can edit images with an external tool, such as InkScape or other image manipulating program. Images can be edited at a glance by cropping, using a healing brush or adjusting light levels among others.
From the main toolbar you can also chose from three styles of selection (square, round or lasso). These are used to select parts of the previewed picture and then apply any sort of editing. Of course, you can also edit the entire picture but using the selection tool adds an extra degree of refinement.
Artsy image editing stays in the realm of colors and effects. Sharpening, blurring along with Sepia and Grayscale color manipulation is present.
A very cool feature is the ability to convert image types in batch and also rename them. Conversion is simple enough and renaming is based on a model string that includes numbering and dating. A very useful feature when you want to sort all those digital photos that you've been taking.
With Farstone you can also group pictures into pdf files. There's also a way of splitting existing pdf files. Unfortunately FarStone does not see pdf files so that's a bit problematic.
- Batch editing
- Color correction and effects
- Artistic effects
- PDF creation
- Selection tool for editing purposes
- Healing brush
- A nice array of feature for editing and organizing photos
- The interface is not very customizable and a bit cluttered
FastStone Image Viewer is a valid candidate for your software of choice when it comes to frequent photo additions. The batch editing and renaming is good and there are enough retouch options to satisfy most users.