Tag Archives: image manipulation

Windows 7: Context Menu Image Resize: Image Resizer for Windows Software & Sites 08 MAY 2013

Having shifted to doing most of my work on a Windows 7 laptop here at home as opposed to my usual trusty Ubuntu workhorse that I’ve been using for the last couple of years, I needed to replace the useful functionality of quick image resizing via the context menu which I had simply adored on Ubuntu.

Luckily I found a great little replacement without too much difficulty: Image Resizer for Windows, written by Brice Lambson.

From their website: Image Resizer for Windows is a utility that lets you resize one or more selected image files directly from Windows Explorer by right-clicking. It was created so that modern Windows users could regain the joy they left behind with Microsoft’s Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP.

It’s a small download and a simple install, and I’m happy to report it works great, right out of the box. Well worth giving a run if quick image resizing is a game-changer for you then.

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Related Link: http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/

Online Image Crop and Resize Tool: PicResize.com CodeUnit 02 MAY 2011

Digital cameras of today produce photos that are far too large to just easily upload and use on the Internet for general things like Facebook or blogging and for this reason you should always keep a good image resizer and cropper tool close at hand, for manipulating those big images when you need to. One of the oldest, simplest and quite effective online image resize and crop tools out there is PicResize.com, having been running since March 2005 already!

It features a very uncluttered, simple to use interface that allows you to upload an image from your machine, use a crop bounding box to crop if necessary, select from a dropdown or input custom resize values, apply cool filters just for the fun of it and then save it back to your desktop.

Simple, powerful and effective.

Just what a good online tool should strive to achieve!

Related Link: http://www.picresize.com

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx: Simple Resize of Images by Right-Clicking on It! CodeUnit 26 JUN 2010

Seeing as we are all using Ubuntu/Gnome’s powerful Nautilus file manager, a particularly quick and easy way to resize or rotate images by simply right-clicking on them comes courtesy of the extremely handy little Nautilus-image-converter extension.

Installing this extension and then restarting nautilus (or simply logging out and then back in again), reveals two new right-context menu options available when clicking on an image file’s icon, namely “Rotate Images…” and “Resize Images…”. Selecting either one of these options brings up a dialog which then allows you to simply either rotate the selected images or resize them to the dimensions of your choice – without having to fire up an external application like GIMP for example!

To grab the helpful little extension, simply run the following from your terminal:

sudo aptitude install nautilus-image-converter

Simple as that! :)

Ubuntu: Batch Resize Your Images using GIMP CodeUnit 04 JAN 2010

Digital Cameras these days take fantastically detailed and large photos, brilliant for printing and editing but not always that great if you want to simply pop them up on the web for everyone on FaceBook to gaggle over. So obviously a spot of resizing is required first, but who the heck would want to individually resize 600 photos of Aunt Nelly’s Wedding Reception, one photo at a time?

Now if you’re a diehard Ubuntu user, you’ll know that the first and foremost image editing package available to you is GIMP, and so today’s quick chunk of useful information revolves around batch resizing images using GIMP.

As great as GIMP is, it doesn’t feature native batch functionality and as such we find ourselves turning to the excellent David’s Batch Processor extension script which plainly put, does. To get it, the easiest thing to do is head over to your Synaptic Package Manager and do a search for gimp-plugin-registry. This neat little package bundles together a whole lot of useful GIMP plugins, including the one that we’re interested in, namely David’s Batch Processor. Mark for installation and apply.

Once installed, open up GIMP and access the Filters -> Batch -> Batch Process… menu option. This will launch David’s Batch Processor and from this point onwards it is pretty simple to get going. First, select all the files or the folder containing the files that you wish to process on the Input tab. Once selected, visit the various tabs to set whatever batch operation you want to apply to the images. Obviously the resize would be the number one tab visited in this instance! :)

Once your manipulation options have been set in, visit the output tab, makes sure you happy with where and how the processed files are going to be saved and once complete, hit the start button to launch the batch processor.

Couldn’t be simpler!

Related Link: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~hodsond/dbp.html