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Since I´m still relatively new in the use of Mac OS I sometimes miss some Windows apps. One of these is Irfanview which is not natively available for Mac OS. But there´s a simple solution for that:
- Download and install Quarz – https://www.xquartz.org
- Download and install Wine – https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/macosx/download.html – I recommend using the Wine Stable installer. When installing be sure to activate the checkbox with the 64-bit support.
- Download Irfanview and extract it to a folder of your choice (e.g. Desktop/Downloads/Irfanview) – https://www.irfanview.com/64bit.htm – Be sure to download the ZIP version and NOT the installer.
- Optional – download Irfanview plugins and extract it into the plugins subfolder of the folder where you’ve extracted Irfanview (e.g. Desktop/Downloads/Irfanview/plugins) – https://www.irfanview.com/64bit.htm – Again be sure to download the ZIP version.
- Start Irfanview by double-clicking the irfanview.exe file in the Irfanview folder. Wine will then do its initial setup and needs to download Mono add-ons (required for .NET applications like Irfanview).
- After that Irfanview launches and you’re good to go.
As we have posted about many applications and software on this website. Every one of us is familiar with the image viewer software and we use it whenever we go through some photographs or clicks. Today we are going to discuss about picture viewer software which has some additional features in compare with your normal picture viewer. IrfanView can be described as a freeware image viewer for Windows and Mac PC. First version of this software was released in June 1996 by Irfan Skiljan. This viewer is not that much popular among the common people as it is in among professional people because of its small size and some additional features that you get. This program is easily available on the internet or you can download it from the links available in the post. This program is not officially available for Mac OS but you can use it on Windows platform.
If you are thinking that this software is just like other software to view images then you are making mistake. This software is not just only the image viewer but also it handles videos and audios smoothly. Also the interfacing or the use of it is very simple that beginners would not get much pain to get comfortable with the program. Also you can create your own image along with unique way of filling of colors. This is not done yet; this software supports all graphic file formats along with GIF, so it’s a powerful graphic viewer.
Before clicking on the downloading link, first you need to know about the exact functions and features of this program.
Features of IrfanView for Mac & Windows 7/8/XP OS
- Small Size
As we’ve mentioned earlier, the IrfanView image viewer comes with two type of installation, first one is the basic and other is the full installation. Even though the basic version of the software is enough to handle all program smoothly, and also it occupies very less memory of only 1.6MB. If you are looking for some professional use and size doesn’t matters for you then you can go with the full install that holds many additional plugins and acquires 10MB space. Thus the compact size of the software is the most impressive feature which cannot be ignored.
- Support Numerous File Types
The next feature in the list is that IrfanView image viewer supports numerous file formats, so you will never get the problem like unsupported file. This program supports various image formats such as GIF, TIFF, PNG, BMP, ECW, TGA, WebP etc. and also various texts and media file can easily access through this software such as MP3, Flash, MIDI, Ogg and many other.
- Screensavers and Slideshows
This program is a perfect tool to show your creativity, you can easily create your own slide show and screensavers of desired photos. Apart from just making a slide show also you can merge any of your photographs with desired MP3 audio file. So, again a impressive feature in the queue.
- Create Icons
This program makes you enable to create your own .ico format icons from any graphic file by converting them.
- Other Features
If above features are not enough for you then check out some other features, IrfanView photo viewer supports Multi languages, and also you can take screenshots. Apart from that you can use the fit-to-screen option for scaling of photographs and also you can get images directly from scanners. And do not forget to use basic tools to edit your photographs such as crop, rotate, resize, adjusting contrast and brightness etc.
So, it was about the features of IrfanView Picture Viewer software, let’s check out the downloading part for Windows PC as well as Mac PC.
How to Download IrfanView for Windows 7/8/XP
If you are using IrfanView Picture Viewer as a non-commercial purpose then you will be cherish after listening that this software is available for free. But if you are looking to use it as the commercial purpose then you need to do a paid registration first. Though there are various sites and download links are available on internet but I would suggest you to get it from the official website of IrfanView. Current latest version of it is v4.36, also you can click on the below mentioned link for make your downloading without any pain.
But the problem is that it is not available for the Mac Operating System officially, but with the simple method you can make this freeware yours completely, just follow the steps mentioned below here as they are very easy to follow.
How to Download IrfanView for Mac??
Irfanview For Mac Os X
IrfanView is a freeware picture viewer which supports many incomparable and impressive features but the bad thing about it is that it’s not available for the Mac users officially. To download it unofficially, just follow each and every step mentioned below.
- First you need WineBottler in your Mac, so download and install it first
- Now click on the link mentioned below to download software, now it’s the same link as it was for the Windows users mentioned above
- Start WineBottler in your Mac and create a new Prefix
- Now select the already downloaded IrfanView (.msi or .exe) as the installed file
- Now select vc6run in the Winetricks section
- Click on install
- Install the program by following simple instructions
- Thus, it’s the way to download IrfanView program in your Windows or Mac OS based PC.
Conclusion on Downloading IrfanView for your PC
Mac Os X Versions
With the small size, IrfanView is a powerful image viewer/editing tool by which you can perform various tough jobs. We admit that software is not that much powerful that can replace Adobe Photoshop but still it has many impressive features which make a long list. A very good point in which it gets the advantage is that, the handling of IrfanView program is very easy unlike the Adobe Photoshop software which needs knowledge and skills to operate.