Standalone Brush Viewer
One of my friends informed me of very cool freeware application that allows you to view Photoshop brushes without ever opening Photoshop. The ABRViewer was written by Luigi Bellanca of Italy. This tool allows you to preview, test, manage and cache thumbnails of your favorite brushes.
The following text straight from the site explains the program nicely.
There are lots of wonderful brush sets for photoshop in the web… too many to install them all just to see what they look like! now you can have the preview of a set without having to install it… without having to run photoshop! You can even adjust thumbnails size and you can have the preview of the actual size of the brushâ€¦ you can also try it out!people who publish brush sets on their personal websites need to provide users with previews. This software is able to generate images for every single brush and can also generate the general image from the panel of the thumbnails you have visualised. I think it’s great, don’t you? 😉
Here is a screengrab that showcases the brush panel and brush preview.
The program does require the .NET framework but that can quickly be downloaded from Microsoft.