PicaView Alternatives

    PicaView is described as 'is the simple, no-hassle image viewing solution. This is an add-on for viewing images in File Explorer that lets you right-click on an image file to bring up a miniature image and image file information' and is an app in the File Management category. There are more than 10 alternatives to PicaView for Windows, Windows Explorer and Mac. The best alternative is SageThumbs, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PicaView are XnShell (Free), Image Resizer for Windows (Free, Open Source), FastPreview (Free) and Pictus (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 20, 2021

    1. SageThumbs is a powerful shell extension allowing to preview enormous amount of image formats directly in Windows Explorer by using Pierre-e Gougelet's GFL library (XnView's author).
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    2. XnShell is a free .
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    3. Image Resizer for Windows is a utility that lets you resize one or more selected image files directly from Windows Explorer by right-clicking.
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    4. FastPreview was created in need of a usable PicaView replacement which was discontinued at the time. It is now a pretty handy tool to display images in a fast manner and is an alternative to the functionality Windows has built-in.
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      FastPreview vs PicaView opinions
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      Lacks the comprehensive functions of PicaView2, but has the ability to preview image files that have no extension or a non-image extension. That is useful for me, won't suit all.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Windows Explorer
      Pictus is a fast, free image viewer that enables Windows to see thumbnails of supported formats, such as PSD. Give it a spin today!

      Discontinued

      Last updated in 2008. See https://poppeman.se/pictus/



      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Assetizr will give you one tool for resizing images and optimizing them for web and mobile applications. It's a fast and lightweight, drag-and-drop desktop app with batch processing, smart naming and more.
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    5. A powerful photo resizer and optimizer for Mac, allows you to optimize all your photos by 80% ~ 20% comparing to their originals while keeping their original resolution, quality.
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    6. FirmTools ShellExtension is a real handy freebie for Windows users. Install this tool and it will add three new options to your menu when you right click on a picture file: convert, print, and thumbnail preview.

      Discontinued

      Last Release date: Sep 07, 2005. See http://free.firmtools.com/shellextension.php

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    7. Context Viewer is an explorer extension in the form of a Control Panel applet that lets you preview image files and text in the right click menu.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available, but the last version, 1.41, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine

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      • Windows
      AhaView is a handy picture viewer and converter. It allows you to browse, view, organize and convert your digital images.
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