I’ve known about IrFanView for years, but I always thought that it was just another image viewer app. Little more than the built in windows image viewer. I was WAY off!
This sweet little app is a swiss army knife of basic image editing, audio and video playback and a whole lot more. It will do screen captures of all kinds (even on a timed basis – thanks Jared!), slide show of a directory of images, and batch file conversion and renaming.
I thought the “Panaorama Image” feature was particularly cool. You point the app at a series of images and it will stitch them together into a single view. All this and it can capture images from a scanner too! Very cool.