FastRawViewer 1.1.0 (release candidate 5)


We're proud to announce FastRawViewer 1.1

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FastRawViewer 1.1 is released, download it from download page.

What's new in Release Candidate 5 (compared to RC4)

  • Mac OS X: Fixed problem with Folders panel auto-enlarges on first program run
  • Mac OS X: Fixed removable media unmount via Finder (volume remains in list in FRV)
  • OS X 10.7-10.10: deprecated API not used to determine volume properties

What's new in Release Candidate 4 (compared to RC2)

  • Filmstrip Off/On button on the right of status (bottom) bar.
  • Filmstrip/Thumbnails performance tune: Preferences - Performance - Thumbnail cache - Thumbnail decoder thread count
    • Raise the value for fast SSD drives (and ultra-fast flash cards, like CFast or UHS-II in fast readers)
    • Decrease the value for slow HDD drives/slow flash cards/slow card readers.

What's new in this version

New, major improvements

  1. Filmstrip/Thumbnails panel previews the current folder's files. The thumbnails are extracted from the previews built into the RAW files; if the RAW file has no preview (such as with Cinema DNG), then the thumbnail isn't displayed. Aside from the thumbnail, the panel optionally shows the file name, rating, XMP label, title, and description. What exactly is displayed and how it is displayed can be controlled through the 'settings' button (gear) on the panel title.
  2. Folder panel with folder tree display, and fast navigation through it.
  3. Removable media support (flash cards, etc.):
    • automatic detection of an inserted card, and a possibility to automatically start browsing in the most recent folder.
    • unmounting a card without exiting FRV.

    If one closes the new panels and restarts FRV, then it will behave as previous versions (doesn't decode previews, does not monitor changed media), correspondingly the performance remains as it used to be.

  4. Support of display and editing of XMP/IPTC Title and Description. Displayed on the XMP data panel, can be edited via Alt-D.
  5. The color scheme of the informational panels can be tuned through Preferences - Interface

New, minor improvements

  1. Menu - File - Reveal in Finder (Mac) / Show in Windows Explorer Displays the currently opened file in the file structure
  2. Mac: Proxy Icon in the window title, acts like with all Mac programs (the icon can be dragged to other programs; Command-Click displays the menu with the folder hierarchy).
  3. New Feature: "File Handling - Open Folder dialog starts at" with the options
    • Current folder
    • One level higher
    • Fixed folder


  • Preferences have been reworked, the new descriptions are available in the documentation.
  • The default manner of starting without specifying a file to be opened is Last Visited Folder.
  • Support of Open Multiple Folders has been removed (obsolete)
  • The default buttons for opening/closing informational panels have been changed; instead of letters, now the F2-F7 keys are used. Old settings will continue to work, until the user resets the settings to defaults.

Bug fixes

  • XMP recording during switching between the files has been prohibited
  • If a file has both an XMP block inside, and an external sidecar file, and both blocks have the tag xmp:MetaDataDate, then the more recent set of XMP data is used.
  • Processing speed of large folders on slow storage devices (network, removable media) has been significantly increased
  • Bug fix: when changing the sort order of files in a folder, the new order was applied only starting with the next folder; the current one wouldn't be re-sorted.
  • Bug fix: the "XMP Rating Plus' action was applied only if a file already had a rating.

New Camera Support

  • Canon: EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS M2, EOS M3
  • Fujifilm: XQ2, X-A2
  • Nikon: D5500, D7200
  • Olympus: SH-2, TG-4
  • Panasonic: TX70/71/ZS50
  • Pentax: K-S2
  • Samsung: NX500

This is a big step forward in available software that can handle RAW images FAST! The additions to the first version also add to its usability, though I think care should be taken not to add too many bells and whistles so that its performance slows and it slips into the bloatware trap that some of the bigger names have fallen into. Users wanting additions should first consider what they already have on their machines. Should you want to email a copy of one of your images suitable for on screen display, for example, and you are a Windows 7 user (or 8 and 10 I believe) there is already a tool called 'Snipping Tool' available in Windows which lets you capture, and amongst other things, email areas of your screen. Display the picture you want to email at the size you want it with FRV, open Snipping Tool, drag the curser over the area you want to send and email it ............... job done, no need to add anything to FRV keeping it lean and mean :-)

Agree, this is a great step forward.  Like:
- the thumbnails strip including use of overlays for rating and filenames, both very neat in conserving screen space for the main image
- the folder view
- the ease of use in hiding / revealing with function keys
- the black working background
- additional supported cameras, especially D7200 ;-) 
I'd also agree not to go too far in cluttering things up, keeping the interface clean and not compromising any speed.  
Well done.