Photo programs: True, you are not a professional in the sector but photos are still a great passion of yours. Nonetheless, I am very surprised that you have not yet found one or more useful software to view, edit and correct your digital shots.
Either way, it’s never too late to fix it. If you allow me a few minutes of your precious time, I can in fact illustrate all those that I think are the best photo programs currently present on the square. No, don’t worry, I’m not about to recommend complicated resources for the experts of the sector but for tools that are easily accessible by anyone, even a child! You find them all indicated (and explained) below.
There are both free and paid programs, both for Windows and for Mac (as well as for Linux). So identify the ones that you think are best for you and download them to your computer. In the end, you will see, you can say that you are happy and satisfied with what you have learned. Are you ready? Yes? Great! Then ban the talk and proceed.
XnView MP (Windows / Mac / Linux)
The first of the photo programs I want to tell you about is XnView MP. It is an excellent free software for Windows and Mac for managing, viewing and converting digital images which includes support for over 400 different file formats.
It also includes advanced functions for organizing and renaming photos in bulk and, like other similar solutions, it has multiple tools to edit / correct digital shots in various ways: resizing, color correction, brightness / contrast adjustment, etc.
To download the program on your computer, connect to the relative one download page and presses the button Zip Win 32bit (if you are using 32 bit Windows), on Zip Win 64bit (if you are using 64 bit Windows) or on OSX DMG 64bit (if you’re using a Mac).
When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, extract the ZIP archive obtained in any position, open the file xnviewmp.exe present inside and click on Run. If you see an error message appear, right-click on the program icon and choose the option Run as administrator from the context menu, in order to start the software with administrative privileges.
If you are using a Mac, open the obtained .dmg file and drag the program icon to the folder Applications through the window that appeared on the screen. Then go to the folder Applications of macOS, right-click on the XnView MP icon and select You open twice in a row.
Then click on the button OK and you will finally find yourself in front of the main XnView MP screen. On the left there is the section through which you can select the folders with the images, while on the right you will find the viewer with the thumbnails of the selected files.
On the bottom left there are all the info relating to the selected image (properties, EXIF data etc.), in the center the categories, while on the right there is a preview of the highlighted photo.
If, on the other hand, you want to make simple changes to your photos or you want to organize them as you see fit, select them and then use the special tools you find on the toolbar at the top as well as the items attached to the menu bar. If you want to view a given photo in an enlarged way, simply double-click on it.
PhotoScape X (Windows / Mac)
Another one of the photo programs that I strongly suggest you consider is PhotoScape X. It is a real photo editor for Windows 10 and macOS, free (but possibly available in a Pro variant, for a fee, with extra functions) and very easy to use.
It allows you to edit digital images by applying automatic corrections, effects of various kinds, to crop, rotate them and much more. It also acts as a “simple” photo viewer. In short, try it now and you will see that you will not regret it!
To use it, first connect to website of the program and click on the button Download with the logo of the operating system you are using next to it. In the case of Windows, the screen will then open Microsoft Store and you can download the program from there, while in the case of Mac the Mac App Store and the application will be downloaded by the latter.
When the download is complete, start the program by clicking on its icon in the Start menu (in the case of Windows) and in the Launchpad (in the case of the Mac). Once the software window appears on the desktop, choose the type of modification you want to make to your photo by selecting the appropriate item from the menu bar: View, Editor, Crop, Batch, Collage is Combine. Then drag the reference image to the central part of the program window.
So use the tools you see appearing at the top of the window and on the right to intervene on the chosen image as you think it is more appropriate. For example, if you previously clicked on the item Editor you can use the tools on the right to apply effects, to adjust color, light and so on.
In the lower part of the screen you will find the commands to increase or decrease the zoom to cancel or re-apply the changes, to view the original photo, to compare the changes made with the original file, to save the edited image etc.
FastStone Image Viewer (Windows)
FastStone Image Viewer is undoubtedly one of the best photo programs available for free on the Windows side. Allows you to easily view, edit and correct digital photos in all major file formats: BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA and many RAW camera formats digital.
It is completely in Italian and has a customizable user interface thanks to interchangeable skins. Among its main features it is necessary to mention the display of photos on the full screen and the possibility of retouching the images by cutting them, resizing them, correcting their colors / brightness / contrast and much more. Note also that it provides quick access to EXIF information saved by cameras and mobile phones in photos.
To download it to your PC, visit the website of the program, click on the button download that you find at the name of the software and then on the one under the heading portable, on the page that opens.
Once the download is complete, extract the ZIP archive obtained in any Windows location, start the file FSViewer.exe present inside and press on Run.
Once this is done, you will find yourself in front of the main program window. On the left there is the structure of the computer with all the various folders that you can open to view the images, on the right there are the thumbnails of the images (which you can view in an enlarged way by double-clicking on them), while at the bottom left there is preview available.
In the upper part of the window there is instead the menu bar through which you can apply filters to images, perform basic editing operations, add tags to photos etc., simply by selecting the appropriate items. Further changes to the images can then be made by right-clicking on the relevant thumbnail and selecting the desired option from the contextual menu that opens.
IrfanView is an apparently essential photo viewer but full of advanced functions that allows you to view, edit and convert all the main graphic file formats.
It also allows you to save and convert images in batch mode, to add writings to photos, to apply special effects (pixelated effect, increase contrast, etc.) and to correct bad shots.
To download it, connect to website of the program, press the button Download which is on the left, corresponding to the correct version of Windows you are using, and presses the button Download Now on the new page displayed.
When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file, press on Yes come on Forward four times in a row then click on Done to complete the setup.
Now, go back to the IrfanView website, select the item languages which is at the top and click on the link Installer, at the wording italian. Then open the downloaded file, click on install come on OK.
In the IrfanView window that had opened on the screen, presses on the voice Options located at the top, select Change Language …, click ITALIAN.DLL from the box on the right and press on OK, in order to translate the IrfanView interface into Italian.
Now you can finally start using the program. So pajamas on the icon depicting the yellow folder located at the top left to open the image of your interest and then use the items attached to the menu bar to make any photo editing operations.
Instead, using the buttons on the toolbar at the top of the program window, you can increase or decrease the zoom, view all the various info relating to the photo, print it, export the image to another format, create presentations etc.
NexusImage is the ideal photo program for those who want simplicity above all else. It has an interface that remotely reminds the macOS Preview application and works without requiring installations.
Despite its simplicity, it includes advanced features such as adding comments to images and viewing EXIF data. It is completely free and specific to Windows operating systems.
To use it, first connect to website of NexusImage and click on the button Download that you find under the name of the software, in order to download the program to your computer.
When the download is complete, extract the ZIP file you just obtained in any location in Windows and start the .exe file inside it. Then click on Run and you will find yourself in front of the main program window.
So press on circlet located in the upper left part of the program screen in the center of the desktop, choose the item Open from the menu that opens and select the image you want to view. By doing this, you will automatically be shown the other images in the same position.
In the center of the screen you will find the photo previously selected in an enlarged manner, while on the right the thumbnails of the other images. You can quickly switch between photos using the directional arrows on the keyboard or by clicking on them. You can also use the search field located at the top right to search for images by their name.
If instead you want to view the properties of the photo displayed, make simple editing operations, increase or decrease the zoom level, etc., click again on the circlet which is in the upper left part of the program window and choose the correct option from the menu that appears. You can also display the same menu by right clicking directly on the photo.
Are you using a Mac and the photo programs compatible with the “bitten apple” operating system I have already told you about didn’t convince you in a particular way? So, if I were you I wouldn’t underestimate the potential of Photo, the application already included in macOS used, in fact, for viewing, managing and editing images.
It was developed directly by Apple, it is completely free, it has a very pleasant user interface and it is really very simple to use. It can also be used with the Photo library of iCloud, so as to have all your shots synchronized between the various devices connected to the same Apple ID.
To use it, open the application by clicking on its icon (the one with the multicolor flower on a white background) present on the Dock bar. Once the main app window is displayed, you can start working on your photos. You find them all in the center, in miniature. Based on your needs, you can choose to view them by import order, by moments, in collections or for years, just click on the relevant tabs at the top.
In the left part of the window there is instead the library (and its sections), albums and projects, while in the menu bar you will find all the commands and functions to import images and export them, to share them, to play a presentation etc.
If you want to view a given image in an enlarged way, simply double-click on it. By doing so, you can also make changes to your photo by pressing the button Edit top right and then using the adjustment bars and tools you find on the right, after selecting the tabs Rule, filters is Crop who are at the top.
If you want to make general improvements to the image, click on the button with the Magic wand, while to rotate the photo presses the button with the rectangle and arrow.