I want a clean start in photo editors. I tend to do shooting in fits and starts with sometimes lengthy work-driven gaps in between. When I come back to any of the better full spec editors, it is a learning curve all over again. And I don't do enough to justify the up-front and upgrade costs.
I also receive images from many sources related to my family history research, images that I need to put into a standardised storage format, inspect the IPTC status, perhaps batch edit (not strong on that).
I am looking at (again) Irfanview and freshly at XnViewer and FastStone Image Viewer.
I'd like to receive comments and recommendations/warnings please.