Don't like the built-in image gallery or the photo carousel of your Nokia? There's Resco Photo Viewer, but you have to pay for it. Free alternatives are Panda Image Browser and To The Point, but they may be a bit too limited.
Enter Nokia Photo Browser. This image viewer displays your pictures in a grid through which you can scroll with all sorts of 3D effects and other eye candy. It has a somewhat functional face recognition feature too, but this only works on high contrast frontal shots, not on photos en profil.
The first time you launch Nokia Photo Browser it spends an eternity on creating thumbnail preview images (Resco Photo Viewer is much faster), but after that your images load pretty fast. When you've scrolled to the last image of your collection, scrolling further will not take you back to the first picture. And "Image Info" does not display Exif data, but only the file name and the date the picture was shot. Nokia Photo Browser is still in beta testing, so maybe the program will get better later on. In its current state it is already much better than the old gallery and the horrible image carousel.
For every picture on your phone Nokia Photo Browser generates three preview images which take 50 kb. If you have thousands of pictures on an overflowing memory card, the previews can make you run out of storage space.
Nokia Photo Browser is now available for Symbian S60 3rd edition (feature pack 1 and 2) and S60 5th ed. (for the touchscreen Nokia 5800 XpressMusic) phones. If the installer complains that the program is not compatible with your phone, just install it anyway. There's a very good chance that it will work on your phone too.
• Nokia Photo Browser from Nokia Beta Labs
Other free image browsers:
• Panda Image Browser
• To The Point
Tuesday, 14 April 2009