Retriever is a quick and handy image viewer for Windows95
/ 98 / NT4.0,
with an industry standard no fuss user interface. But you can
do much more
- create thumbnails fast &
impressive contact sheets from thumbnails
contact sheets as index images, or print them to get an image catalog
a website with thumbnails automatically
Detective" finds dupes and similar images
your images in a unique database
yet powerful image processing, like
- realtime color correction
- high quality filtered resample
- superior color quantization
- one click image enhancement
- automatic cropping
Retriever has a fully operative full screen mode, drag & drop support, shell integration, comprehensive online help and
context sensitive help.
The Retriever database and thumbnail functions support any
kind of file, not only image files.
Windows 95+ or Windows NT 4.0+
HiColor or TrueColor graphics recommended.
Comprehensive features list
In case you are looking for a specific feature and are
sick and tired of downloading software that doesn't have it :o) Otherwise just download the program and see for yourself.
Retriever reads and writes JPG (jpg, jpe, jpeg, jif),
Windows BMP (bmp, dib), PNG, GIF, TIF and WMF files. You can convert from any of these
formats to any other. It is no graphics editor, but has the kind of features you need to
maintain and view a collection of images:
File management: copy, move, rename and delete image files
while you view them. It takes advantage of the Windows shell for file management, so that
you get the standard animations, can use the waste paper basket and your preselected
security level (ask back when deleting / overwriting files)
You can open selected files or all files in a directory or
from several folders as thumbnails (small preview images) in a contact sheet. The size of
the thumbnails can be 4x4 up to 512x512 pixels. A larger preview of a thumbnail pops up if
you move the mouse over it. You can save and load these contact sheets. You can use any
file management function on a set of thumbnails at once. Thumbnails are resampled to give
you the best thumbnail possible. Creation of thumbnails is lightning fast (well, at least
if the original images are jpgs :o)
You can also save all the individual thumbnails as images,
even using the edge effects available for contact sheets.
You can print contact sheets and save them as an image
(eg. jpg). You can also save them as a website (html pages) just as easily. They can be
automatically split into multiple pages, so that each page contains a selected number of
images. Contact sheets can have a colored background, a background with a multidirectional
gradient, a background image, even all of these at once. Thumbnails can be printed with
various effects like borders, shadows etc. You can use multiline title and footer text
that can contain dynamic fields like a page number.
Retriever's Dupe Detective can find duplicate images in a
directory, or images similar to a given image or set of images. It doesn't matter if the
dupes are a different size, have a frame or are a entirely different scan of the same
photo, Dupe Detective will find them. You can change his "pickiness" to also
find images that belong to a series.
You can create a hierarchical structure of free-text
categories or properties for your pictures, that allows you to categorize new images or
find images with specific attributes with just a mouseclick. You can maintain an unlimited
number of databases.
Color processing - You can change things like brightness,
contrast, color contrast and gamma correction in realtime (image changes while you move
Resample - You can resize an image using high quality
resampling. There is less "blockiness" when you enlarge a picture, and no
"snow" if you size it down. Retriever does both things at once.
Image enhancement - With one mouseclick you can do
things like despeckle, sharpen, histogram stretching - all at once. Retriever chooses the
best things to do for the given image without ruining it.
Color reduction - Reduce the number of colors used by an
image, using palette optimization and dithering. Retriever has the best color quantization
around and most important: it lets you tweak the process. You can have a full colored
image using 5 colors or less (whatever that's good for).
Image cropping - In addition to selecting part of an image
with the mouse to get a new image, Retriever can cut images that contain multiple
pictures, or pictures spoiled by a fancy frame automagically.
You can switch to full screen mode while you view images -
no borders, toolbars or menus. Unlike other viewer's full screen modes you keep having
full control of the program, so with Retriever you can actually work in full screen
This allows you to view images from the file explorer or
an icon by just doubleclicking them (what? you did somehow expect this?:o) You can also
drag & drop pictures on Retriever to view them or drop them on a contact sheet to add
them. Even works for multiple files at once. You also get a "print" menu
item in file explorer for all the images that Retriever can read, and you can drag &
drop images on a printer to print them.
Retriever's user interface makes it easy to
browse through full screen images using the keyboard. But you can also get an automatic
slide show with transition effects and password protection. These features are where
they belong: in a screen saver.The Retriever Screen
Saver is free for download by registered users of Retriever.
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