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FastPictureViewer is available

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:36 am
by Axel
Notable new features and fixes include:

  • Added support for DirectX9Ex on Vista. The GPU accelerated mode on this platform now uses the WDDM 1.0 driver model through D3D9Ex to talk to the graphic card, if supported by the installed display driver, for better compatibility and performances.
  • Added preliminary support for 30-bit (A2B10G10R10 and A2B10G10R10XR) display modes on Win7, to support the latest for 30-bit color monitors (1 billion colors), and upcoming graphic cards and drivers supporting 30-bit desktop display mode on Windows 7. FPV has a high-bit-depth internal data path, including CMS, all the way to the display surface. Of course extended color range displays are of little use with current 24-bit JPEG technology (FPV uses embedded JPEGs for quick raw previewing), but the program already supports 48-bit RGB and 64bit CMYK TIFF, plus JPEG XR (HD Photo) in 30, 30XR, 48, 64 and 128-bit per pixels!
  • For users of wide gamut, custom profiled monitors we added support for an alternate, high accuracy color management system in the Professional Edition. By default, FPV uses the static ICM 2.0 color engine (LinoColorCMM, provided by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG) built into Windows since 1998. On Windows Vista and later, FastPictureViewer Pro now offers the option to use the new WCS 1.0 color engine instead (based on Canon Kyuanos technology), which uses high precision, greater than 16 bit per channel floating point math for better gamut-mapping models that are meant to provide superior color space conversions than ICC rendering intents. The drawback is that it takes more time to create color transforms (about 1 or 2 seconds, depending on computer speed), which may noticeably slows down the display of the first image. The benefit is a potentially better, more accurate color rendition for critical viewing on calibrated and profiled displays. This new option complements our already highly acclaimed, "Adobe Photoshop-like" color rendition - as reported by some of our users - with support for ICC v2 and v4 monitor profiles. The setting is toggled ON and OFF by a registry value at this time, the corresponding .reg scripts are available in the attached zip file.
  • An issue related to embedding XMP rating within JPEG files occurring on XP (and Vista without the Platform Update) was corrected.
  • The program now tries to make more intelligent decisions about the maximum image size and auto-downscaling. Hopefully the new settings will enable displaying uncommon image sizes (such as panoramas or astronomic images) without tweaking the defaults. In GPU mode, dowscaling is automatically performed if the image dimensions exceed the maximum allowable size reported by the driver.
Note to Vista users:

Install the Microsoft Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library (32-bit, 64-bit, part of the Platform Update) for even better performances in FastPictureViewer. This library features an updated Windows Imaging Component library, with several improvements introduced with Windows 7, such as better metadata interoperability, better performances in multithreaded scenarios, and an updated TIFF codec with support for JPEG-encoded, planar and tiled TIFFs.

The new version is available from the download page.