Visum Photo Viewer review: A fast and attractive photo viewer for Windows

While a powerful program may be the best tool for looking at an individual image, going through hundreds of photos can bog down a machine. If you want to browse many files without slowing down your PC, Visum Photo Viewer is worth a look.

When I first saw Visum Photo Viewer, I wondered why anyone would need such a program. I thought people could just use File Explorer or the Photos app to browse images. After spending time with the app as part of a regular workflow, I’ve changed my tune.

Visum Photo Viewer: price and availability

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Visum Photo Viewer is available for free through the Microsoft Store. This is an open source project, so anyone willing to contribute can help improve the app.

Visum Photo Viewer: What You’ll Like

Visum Photo Viewer can browse images without worrying about lag or slow loading times. It also has an attractive interface that is easy to navigate and looks natural on Windows 11.

I coach an American football team in Nottingham, England. After each match, I often have hundreds of photos to go through, many of which are quite large files. My goal is to find around 10-15 images to share on our social media throughout the week. Visum Photo Viewer has a scalable grid view which works well for viewing images. The app also loads quickly when viewing items one at a time.

While it’s certainly possible to navigate through my files in File Explorer or another app, I found Visum Photo Viewer presents things more naturally. All images appeared in the same orientation and the layout is clutter free.

The app also offers some welcome customization options, such as the ability to move the image panel from left to right. You can also change the aspect ratio of thumbnails and switch between light and dark modes.

You can view the most common image types with Visum Photo Viewer, including JPG, PNG, TIFF, and WEBP. It can also handle raw images. It does not support SVG files, but these are for graphic design, not image viewing.

Visum Photo Viewer also has some nice touches, like the ability to drag and drop an image from it to another app. You can also drag and drop files and folders into Visum Photo Viewer.

Visum Photo Viewer: what you won’t like

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Visum Photo Viewer’s biggest weakness lies in its editing capabilities. There are a few light editing options for photos, like adjusting contrast and hue, but things are pretty basic. The app doesn’t have a video editor at all, even to trim the clips.

These omissions don’t bother me much because my workflow is to look at a lot of images and then open the ones I like in a separate program. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop, Visum Photo Viewer isn’t it, and you’re best served by one of the best photo editing apps. If you want a photo viewer that can work as part of an app suite, Visum Photo Viewer fits the bill.

Visum Photo Viewer: Alternatives

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The main alternative to Visum Photo Viewer is Microsoft’s Photos app built into Windows. Photos app can be used to browse images and videos, make edits and do the same as Visum Photo Viewer. I would venture to guess that most people don’t take full advantage of the Photos app, which can be used as an image editor, photo viewer, and even for editing videos.

In my testing, I found Visum Photo Viewer to be a bit faster at loading images stored locally on my machine, but I’m not sure the difference is significant. The Photos app is much better than a few years ago.

Personally, I prefer the look of Visum Photo Viewer to the Photos app, but that’s just a preference, not something concrete or measurable. Visum Photo Viewer seems to have a clear identity. In contrast, the Photos app can feel cluttered and bloated.

Visum Photo Viewer: Should You Get It?

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If you handle a lot of images, Visum Photo Viewer is a solid choice. It loads photos quickly and lets you browse galleries without bogging down your machine. Its design is easy to navigate and you can customize the interface a bit to your liking.

Visum Photo Viewer is light on the editing side. You can only do basic image editing and the app doesn’t have a video editor even for cutting content. But it’s called Visum Photo Viewer not Visum Photo Editorso its feature set is not surprising.

I preferred Visum Photo Viewer over the Microsoft Photos app for my workflow, which involves sifting through hundreds of photos to choose a few that I like. It’s definitely worth a try, especially since it’s free.

Visum Photo Viewer: The Basics

Visum Photo Viewer focuses on its namesake, photo viewing. It doesn’t have a lot of frills or powerful features, but it offers a clean interface for browsing images. If you’re dealing with a large number of photos, Visum Photo Viewer will make it easier to find the ones you like without worrying about lags and slow loading speeds.

Jack C. Nugent