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    As Irfan Skiljan said: "Maybe later."

    From the release history, the average gap between releases is about 7 months, and 4.51 was released at the end of February 2018. I have not heard any rumours, but we can expect a new release sooner rather than later. No promises though, there have been gaps of up to 14 months between previous releases.

    When it is released, we will see if he managed to find a way around the licensing issues. Remember that IrfanView is freeware for non-commercial use and charity use, so there are no funds to finance licensing fees if they are required.

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    I would wait for Apple to make it an open source, free, completely documented standard. It would be a small step for humanity, but a big one for Apple. If good enough, it would last longer than the corporation.

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    Apple has nothing to do with HEIF, it belongs to the MPEG group which asks developers for a licence fee (HEIF is based on HEVC/h265 which is definitely not open source). There will probably be a ffmpeg/x265 free alternative down the road, but that could take months and its legality will always be debatable.

    Maybe one day the competing (and licence-free) AV1 codec will finally pick up some speed and gain popularity over h265 (remember that Apple recently joined the Alliance for Open Media).
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    Thank you for the explanation.

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    I think using WIC is the easiest way to support HEIF although we need to use the latest Windows 10.

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    Since all other HEIF/HEIC threads are closed I'm showing my interest for support for this format in this thread. It goes without saying that the demand for a HIEF-viewer is rapidly increasing as more and more people are upgrading their phones. I assume most people who use IrFanView will want to have this as their sole image viewer I think we should all get on our knees and ask the mighty Irfan to look into the possibility to support this format.

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    Windows Imaging Component (which supersedes DirectShow) is not specific to Windows 10. It appeared first in Vista. And for info, the CopyTrans HEIF codec works perfectly under Win 7.

    Unfortunately, I don't think IrfanView ever supported DirectShow, let alone WIC. That's a shame because it would open access to many other formats which IrfanView wouldn't have to natively implement.
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    I am moving to XnView (they have plugin for HEIC support) until IrfanView gets support for this format.
    I don't like interface of XnView as much as of IrfanView (personally I think IV is just perfect, very comfortable to use and I know all keyboard shortcuts) but lack of now very popular format is unfortunately a deal breaker to leave for a moment (hopefully!) IrfanView.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb View Post
    I am moving to XnView (they have plugin for HEIC support) until IrfanView gets support for this format.
    It puzzles me why anyone would bother to register with a product's support forum just to say that they are moving to another product. The IrfanView developer does not even visit this user-to-user forum, as far as I know.

    Send an email to Irfan Skiljan if you want to know if he has any more to say than he said six months ago.

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    I bothered cause I was looking for solution and I found a "workaround". Maybe someone will use it as well. That's what is forum for - to help people. It's absolutely not to put a needle to the developer. He do what he wants and my email to him won't change anything. I am just surprised other programs which are also free and Windows 10 can natively support new format but IV cannot.

    I am following thread here and if by the time IV starts supporting HEIC and I won't get used to XnView I will come back to IrfanView. At the moment IV is unfortunately useless.

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