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Paultx
02.11.2018, 04:25 PM
Windows Secrets (https://windowssecrets.com/) sent me this email whose subject is Meet the Most Useful Windows 10 Apps in the Microsoft Store (https://windowssecrets.com/newsletter/ask-winobs-what-are-the-most-useful-windows-10-apps-in-the-microsoft-store/).

Much to my surprise, the author has IrfanView on the article list, along with OneNote for Windows 10, Paint.net, and Nextgen Reader. I say surprise not for IrfanView itself (I love it!) but because it's listed as a Windows app (https://www.digitalcitizen.life/windows-app-vs-desktop-program-application).

So I went to the Microsoft Store to check on it and installed it. Now I wonder if I have one IrfanView desktop app and one IrfanView app, and which should I keep to get the most of its power?

TIA.

Bhikkhu Pesala
02.11.2018, 04:52 PM
I think it is best to download IrfanView and it's plugins from the IrfanView site.

If I am not mistaken you won't get the plugins with the Windows App version.

Open the Help menu, Installed plugins to compare.

Also: From the IrfanView Site:

Advantages of IrfanView 32-bit over 64-bit version:

Runs on a 32-bit and 64-bit Windows
Loads all files/images for normal needs (max. RAM size is about 1.3 GB)
Needs less disc space
All PlugIns will work: not all PlugIns are ported (yet) to 64-bit (like OCR) and some 32-bit PlugIns must be still used in the 64-bit version, some with limitations (see the "Plugins32" folder)
Some old 32-bit PlugIns (like RIOT and Adobe 8BF PlugIn) work only in compatibility mode in IrfanView-64
Command line options for scanning (/scan etc.) work only in 32-bit (because no 64-bit TWAIN drivers)