IrfanView has been around for over 20 years. If you use it, you’ll notice its menus and overall look still have that Windows 98 look! IrfanView is a small program that will help you view and edit your image files.
But why would you use it (over more modern apps)? This program does exceedingly well at opening old, archaic file types. If you have found some old pictures that you can’t open, IrfanView can probably help. Some examples:
If you find an old digital camera in your junk drawer, and it’s full of photos in the FlashPix format, IrfanView can open those files.
If your designer gave you some archival files in the Photoshop format, IrfanView can handle them.
And once you open such files in IrfanView, you’ll also be able to use the Save As… function to convert your your files to JPG or other modern formats.
IrfanView is free to download for personal, educational and charitable use. If you want to use it in a professional setting, they ask $12 per license.
Adobe Photoshop is the photo-editing software for professionals, and it costs $21/mo to use. Adobe Photoshop Elements is a simpler version, for casual and hobbyist use, and costs $100 to buy outright. If neither price is to your liking, check out some free alternatives:
GIMP is very similar to Photoshop, and can be installed on Windows, MacOSX and Linux computers.
Paint.net is for Windows computers only. It was started as a replacement for MS Paint, but evolved into something much more capable.
Pixlr and Photopea should work on any computer, regardless of the operating system, because they load inside your web browser. That means there’s nothing to install, and all you need is a solid internet connection and a working browser.
Due to all of this competition, Adobe has released a free, ultra-basic version of its Photoshop. It’s called Photoshop Express, and it installs as an app. You may download it on Android devices as well as Apple devices. And the Microsoft Store offers it as a free download for Windows computers.
Adobe also offers a free web-based editor, called Adobe Creative Cloud Express. But it is rather limited in what it can do, and it will encourage you to pay as you try to use its fancier tools.