For many years I've been installing Picasa on my computers only so that I can use its photo viewer. I like its UI very much (I have no interest in photo organisation and cloud storages).

Picasa Photo Viewer as it pops up on clicking an image on Windows 10

But Picasa has been off-development for a long time. Are there any newer Photo viewers that resembles the Picasa Photo Viewer interface?


What I am looking is for an image viewer that opens up on clicking an image file in the windows explorer. The following are the UI features I liked in Picasa Photo Viewer.

  1. Smooth transitions. So there is a continuity to whatever is being done. For example, when I zoom-in from one point on the photo, it centers that point and does the zooming in a smooth, non-step way.
  2. Opens fullscreen. Translucent dark background.
  3. Zooming is possible by the mouse scroll-button in a smooth transition. Also the zoom ratio is in the range of 1000s. I was able to zoom a full hd image up to 6630%.
  4. Thumbnails at the bottom
  5. Keyboard shortcuts for zooming, next slide, previous slide
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  • I had used Faststone, but it is too complex for an image viewer. I'm looking for a simpler interface that doesn't crowd the entire window... Don't need editing facilities, have Photoshop and Illustrator for those... And I do my folder organizing manually. May 3 '17 at 10:29

After much search, I still couldn't find one as good as Picasa photo viewer. Only JPEGViewer came close. I would recommend it. However, if Picasa could play GIFs it would still trump JPEGViewer.


Did you try ImageGlass?


It looks pretty similar to what you are looking for, except huge zoom maybe. And by the way it is open-source which is a great thing for privacy-paranoids.

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