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1. Main Features

  • Support for a variety of image formats and some audio/video formats
  • Plugin extensibility for obscure formats
  • Slideshow creation capability

2. Software Overview

IrfanView is a graphic viewing program for Windows. It allows you to open a wide range of image files, create slideshows, and install plugins for additional functionality.

The program supports many popular image formats such as JPEG, PNG, Bitmap, and GIF. It can also play audio and video files, including .WAV, .MP3, and .WMV. The program supports .MOV and .MP4 file playback too, but Apple Quicktime is required. The application can support additional formats through plugins, as well.

In addition to its viewing capabilities, IrfanView allows you to create slideshows. It provides a convenient interface for navigating to your image file location and adding it to your presentation. You can customize your slideshow, by specifying slide settings, adding text, and looping music. When you are done, you can save your slideshow as an .EXE or .SCR file or burn it to a CD.

IrfanView is a lightweight program that supports a wide variety of image formats. It’s extensible, as well, making it a good option for viewing obscure image formats through plugins. But unless you are looking to open an obscure image format, there are more capable image viewers than IrfanView for the Windows platform, such as the bundled Windows Photos.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.JPG - JPEG Image
Other file extensions used by IrfanView:

Updated: June 28, 2019

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