When comparing Irfanview vs ShareX, the Slant community recommends ShareX for most people. In the question“What are the best screen capture tools for Windows?” ShareX is ranked 1st while Irfanview is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose ShareX is:
ShareX is licensed under GPL with source code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/ShareX/ShareX).
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Pro Some editing tools included (cropping, color correcting, etc...)
Pro Lots of plugins available
Plugins can be found here.
Pro Batch processing
Even exif information can be batch processed.
Pro You can just scroll with your mouse to explore images
Pro Recognizes virtually any image format
Pro Ultra fast
If you press and hold the right-arrow button (for displaying the next image), you can watch images pass by as if they are a video, it's that fast. No stuttering, it loads images as fast as your hard drive can keep up.
Pro Can use 8bf (Photoshop) filters
Pro Free and open source
ShareX is licensed under GPL with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Capturing (screen, video, a window, etc.) with annotation + automation
Capturing (screen, video, a window, etc.) with annotation + automation makes for some powerful workflows.
Annotation is key for research on any project size. Capturing screenshots, editing them ("annotating"), converting to a PNG, removing the background to make a transparent version, saving to google drive, creating large+med+sm sizes, uploading thumbnails, is an example of a workflow you could create. The list goes on...
You'll find the same strength & depth in features for image handling also for text, videos, other files by type, and on and on..
Pro Allows uploading to a vast number of different services
Designed as file uploader in the first place, ShareX supports overhelming amount of services for you to upload your files to and the list is expanding.
You can choose what shortcut key to bind your command to, as well what host it uploads the file to.
Pro Can capture video too
Apart from still images, ShareX allows the user to record unlimited video with all the options available for normal image capture.
Pro Has an editor
It has its own screen editing tool.
Pro Freezes screen when you capture
When you enter a capture mode, the screen content is preserved as it was when you started capturing by default. However there is a special "Light" mode where the screen does not freeze.
Pro It has a dead simple way for creating animated GIFs
It is great for creating software tutorials or highlighting new features in a sales function - nothing beats a well-placed animated GIF in an email.
Con UI is far from ideal
Sometimes the interface is confusing.
Con Windows only
Con GIF viewing is buggy
GIF viewing has longstanding problems like flickering, incorrect framerate or artifacts, and it is very unlikely that it will be ever fixed.
Con Preferences are hard to find
Con The editor is rather simplistic
Con Scrolling window capture doesn't work always as expected
Sometimes might need to use another screen capture software to capture a scrolling page.
Con Too complicated
This is extremely customizable, but extremely complex! If you want something simple and intuitive out of the box, stay away from ShareX.