If you only care to read hentai mangas, frankly in my opinion, today in 2017, the best software I can recommend is HoneyView, in its current version 5.25 it does a perfect job, you can read images directly within zips or within folders where the images are extracted, and it will remember your zoom level from an image to another.
However, me, I have more requirements (you could call me an annoying pain in the ass, yeah), I want to read AND manage images. And to this day I still haven’t found better than good old ACD See Classic 2.44. However, the program is now 23 years old (for fuck’s sake, it was released in 1994!!), and I started to wonder if better didn’t appear at some point.
So, here I am, asking you, would you know of programs fitting my requirements
What I expect from an image program is a long list of nitpicking features, sorry about that ^^;;
– It must be able to show only AND simultaneously (1) a list of the images, displayed optionally either as a detailed file list, or as a thumbnails, and (2) a “fitted to screen” big preview of the currently selected image. Here’s what it looks like in ACD See Classic.
I briefly tested FastStone Image Viewer, and it had a cluttered UI where you couldn’t have only two panels, on the left the list of the files and on the right the big preview, a pity. It’s also where Irfanview failed, for instance.
– The program must show all files, not just images but also archives, text files, etcetera. I don’t ask “by default”, but it has to be a possible option.
– It must allow standard keyboard-commanded file operations such as delete (Del key), copy-paste (control-C/X/V), and rename (F2). The lack of F2 to rename favorite images doomed HoneyView for me for browsing hentai collections, hehe, while the impossibility of hand-picking images one by one (control-space, down, down, down, control-space, down, control-space, you see the idea? Also works with control-click) doomed XnView Classic (but not Xnview MP, I excluded that one for other reasons explained a few lines below here).
– It must allow to flawlessly enter and exit fullscreen mode to view images, and go from image to image within the fullscreen.
For instance, in ACD See, I simply hit Enter or double-click an image, and then, that image is in full screen.
I can browse with PageUp and PageDown arrows.
If the program isn’t configured to automatically shrink images to fit them to screen I can use the up and down arrows to move up and down within the image, and – look at this, this program is 23 years old and it still fucking ROCKS! – the scrolling speed, up and down, can be increased a bit, or a lot, by keeping the Shift or Control keys pressed at the same time as the Up and Down keys! O_o
Anecdote: I remember a Linux image viewing program that had this crazy bug-feature, if you scroll to the bottom of an image and move to the next image, it remembers your scrolling position and loads the image from the bottom, so you have to, first, scroll up to see how the image begins. Some coders are definitely taking cocaine while coding.
– The system’s default context menu (OK, let’s call it the right-click menu, okay ^^) when we select a group of pictures in the file list display must be Windows’s right click, or there must be a way to call the Windows right-click besides the program’s own right click.
For instance, in ACD See, if I keep Shift pressed at the ame time as the List key or a right-click, it calls this: this way, I can instantly command to pack a group of images with WinRar. If I didn’t have this option to use the system’s own context menu, I would need to alt-tab into an Explorer window, paste the current directory location that I would have had to copy first, select the chosen images, and right-click to add them to WinRar, what a chore.
That’s where Xnview MP fails, this image viewer and managing program is superior to ACD See Classic in almost all regards, however it forcibly overrides the system’s context menu and there’s no way to have WinRar added to its context menu, it’s a pity.
As you can see, yeah, it’s a huge pain in the ass, I demand a lot of things of image viewing programs.
You could suggest I simply use more recent versions of ACD See, but regrettably the program strayed from the righteous path of being an image-dedicated copy of the windows Explorer. The later versions of ACD See override the context menu (me: noooooooo, I want my WinRar T__T) and are packed with gazillions of features I don’t need that make the program slow as hell. I didn’t try the 2018 photo studio version mind you, but apparently it became a full nuclear power plant while what I need is closer to an LR6 battery, you see the idea.
Sorry for the wall of text If you think you know a program that fits the bill, let me know in a comment? Thank you very much ^_^
(Also, try control-F, I named the programs that I tested and rejected.)