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I have large collection of photographs, I need to quickly iterate through it deleting unwanted ones and rotating some.

So I want to find photo viewer that can:

  1. Preload next image(s) so there is no lag after attempting to view the next image (IrfanView failed here, default Windows 7 image viewer tries to do this but is not always succesful)
  2. Rotate images (FastPictureViewer failed here)
  3. Iterate properly over files after modificating/deleting one of files (default Windows 7 image viewer failed here)
  4. Automatically save rotated images (FastStone Image Viewer failed here).

Other features are not necessary.

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XNView can preload the next image, it is possible to rotate images (JPGs lossless; it is not working for RAWs, at least not for the flavour I use), it continues as I expect it to do after deleting (don't know if it is "properly" for you), and the lossless JPG rotation is applied immediately so it may be worth a test for you.

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Maybe I am expecting too much but it is not preloading the next image, only thumbnail (it jumps a bit after loading entire file). But it is the first one where I can really quickly move through a folder. In general, I like it and it is free for non-commercial use. –  Bulwersator Apr 27 at 18:07

PMView Pro is the tool of choice for this. It is the fastest Windows viewing software and provides a very efficient workflow and high degree of customization.

After binding hotkeys CTRL-LEFT-ARROW and CTRL-RIGHT-ARROW to do lossless rotation, clockwise and counter-clockwise respectively, you can easily advance (PgUp / PgDn) and delete (DEL) images at an extremely quick pace.

When using lossless rotation, PMView does not ask to confirm for saving, which is a great touch of logic! If you do multiple cycles over images, it will know which ones are deleted.

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It is not caching the next image, but "efficient workflow and high degree of customization" is really true. Unfortunately it is free only for one month, but I never mentioned that I want a free software (maybe I will make a new question for this one). –  Bulwersator Apr 27 at 17:16
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@Bulwersator PMView Pro is such an excellent program that I own several licenses. If you are looking for free, then you'll get what you pay for! Considering that most camera batteries and even the neck-strap I use is more expensive than PMView Pro, it really seems a waste to search for anything else. The only free software which offers a decent experience if Geeqie which I use on Linux. Maybe they have a Windows version or you can run it in a VM. –  Itai Apr 28 at 0:52
    
I am in a different situation (availability of time/money/skills/etc) and I would rather write my own software than pay for licence. But XNView seems to be okay. "If you are looking for free, then you'll get what you pay for!" - at least with software it is not true, according to my experience. –  Bulwersator Apr 28 at 9:54

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