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Featured Freeware: XnView photo browser

Once again we’re recommending one of our favorite FREE software programs, that you can download directly to your home PC or laptop!

This week’s featured freeware program: XnView 1.97

XnView is a powerful image browser used for viewing, converting, organizing and editing graphical & video files. With the amount of photos we generally take during the holiday season, sorting and finding the best ones can be a chore… And your camera may or may not have come with software that helps. But perhaps its time to try something different that offers many more options? XnView does things like “batch renaming” (changing the filenames of photos from the usual “IMG_1234.jpg” to something more useful such as “2010 Christmas with Aunt Jane 1234.jpg”); or even automatically re-sizing and improving the focus, color, and/or contrast of a group of photos all at once! That “Batch processing” feature is something that is often missing from professional photo software, and once you learn to use it (it’s really very easy) you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Unlike many new programs, this works in virtually ALL versions of Windows, MacOS, Linux, and still more!
You can download it at: http://www.xnview.com/en/download.html
And get more information at:  http://www.xnview.com/en/index.html

XnView is another one of our all-time favorites… Although there are many similar programs out there (some of them we like just because they are open-source) but we’ve been using XnView here at the library on our public & staff computers for most of the past decade, and it has many amazing options we’ve not seen in anything else. It is free of charge for private non-commercial, educational use and non-profit organizations, so you are free to download and use it on your own home, personal computer.

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