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Image viewer w/file browser?
I use ACDSee 2.32 for my image viewer, and although it has some annoyances I haven't been able to find anything better for a decade.
The feature I use a lot is the file browser, which is nearly a copy of Windows Explorer, which can handle file and folder copying, drag and drop, basic navigation keyboard shortcuts, and has optional confirmation prompts for file deletion. Slideshow options include highlighting a bunch of folders and files and telling it to "slideshow these". Jumping between image view and file browse is just one button (Enter).
I've tried Irfanview, but I don't think it had a file browser. I tried Picasa, and file browsing was okay(ish), but apparently the best and brightest minds at Google never figured out how to make opening an image full screen with no toolbars or buttons a one button action. The closest thing was to open the file, then start a slideshow, and pause it, which killed the deal. The last time I checked was last year, though, so if they've improved either program in the past 12 months that would be great.
The problems I have with ACDSee 2.32 are :
1. There's a Windows error ding whenever I use the arrow keys to move in the file browser, which I think started with Windows Vista or possibly XP
2. It can't open files or folders with Chinese characters, which prevents me from using it for work
Can anyone recommend something that works better for me?