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ForceVision, the Review that Couldn’t Be Denied

Don’t like all the fancy gadgets and such given by most image viewing programs? This one is the simplest I’ve ever found.

Best:
Very high quality image viewing

Worst:
Some of the intricacies can be confusing.
This is a picture of a few thumbnails.
Here’s a picture of the bottom half of the selecting window. It allows you to choose what you want to display.

So, I reviewed GIMP, and it’s basically the most confusing image-related software I’ve ever known… I figured I’d find something easier for you not technically-minded people out there. This one still does a few tricks, but its main focus is image viewing.

ForceVision is a free image-viewing software, and its main strong point is image viewing… Go figure! Really though, its quality is just as good as Microsoft Photo Editor’s, and it’s a lot nicer to look at, I think, particularly because it’s split into a viewing and a selecting window. It also has a few more features, for those of you who would use them. It can do ripple effects and gray-scale, for example. On top of that, there’s a limited user-defined effects menu, where the outcome is determined by the numbers you put into the matrix. It’s pretty confusing, but it lets you blend some of the effects.

This is a picture of the matrix for user defined effects.
Did the idea of a matrix for user effects confuse you? Didn’t know what a matrix is? This is it.

Also, it’s known to support almost every format of image, and it has a bunch of languages. It even plays slide-shows, and it can convert images to different formats!

Problems… I really dislike this part of the review, but I have to include it. This one’s red eye remover actually removes most red from the picture… it turned my red shirt almost black. Other than that, things like setting up the slide show (Control + left click on the files to play), and the user-defined effects (matrix) are pretty confusing, but there isn’t much else wrong with this. I like it that way.

It’s a really quick and easy program for image viewing. I’ll keep using GIMP, but it’s good for the not-so-technically-sound.

This is a picture of the viewing window's main interface.
Don’t believe it’s simple? This is the viewing window’s options. Next, previous, rotate, zoom, etc… Nothing too hard.

You can download ForceVision at ForceVision.net. It’s free for personal use, but they charge a commercial use fee.

Source: ForceVision.net.

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