Image Viewer CP is a powerful image viewer ActiveX control that supports a lot of popular image file formats, including BMP, GIF, ICO, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PCX, PNG, PSD, TIF, WMF, WBMP, TGA, PGX, RAS, PNM. Image Viewer CP Gold ActiveX has all these plus supports output PDF/A and reads Kodak / Wang Annotation tags of TIFF file.
Pros: The application supports Kodak / Wang Annotation tag within a TIFF file and ability to display it. Multi-page PDF/A file saving functions are included. Combining these functions with the others discussed below developing an application in several programming languages and web page formats are very convenient to do. Converting to PDF also includes the following formats that can be converted to PDF. These include BMP, GIF, ICO, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PCX, PNG, PSD, TIF, WMF, WBMP, TGA, PGX, RAS, PNM image files. Loading, printing, saving or creating thumbnail images of these same format images are possible.
Powerful zoom in, zoom out, panning, auto zoom and auto scrolling are available when drawing selection rectangle. Very smooth scrolling when display big image file.
There are several features of TIFF images that can be done with single function calls without the need for displaying any of the images. These include splitting tiff image at a specified location, merging of two images, add/ delete images up to specific locations and swapping a page from the multi-page image.
Images can be captured from a given URL with editing functions like controlling lightness, brightness, contrast, diffuse, embossing, Focal BW or Gamma corrections.
Demo code samples are provided in Access, Delphi, VB, VB script, VB.net, VC++, VFP and a web page that shows off how the control works when appropriately integrated. The overall user interaction design is quite intuitive and easy to use. Image manipulation by way of zooming, reduction, pan and rotate work quite well.
Cons: Nothing problematic found.
Overall: The applications look good. They are all designed around simple and easy to use interfaces. Overall this package deserves a 4 star rating.