With the cost of digital cameras steadily decreasing and the perpetual increase in available resolutions, it’s easy to accept that the average household is going to have one or more kicking around.
With my wife being an amateur photographer, I’m often exposed to the trials and tribulations that come with digital photography. Once such dilemma is the fact that pictures taken with today’s digital cameras are often incredibly large in size.
For example, I took a picture of my monitor the other day and the actual file was 2.81 MB with a resolution of 3008 x 2000 pixels. The truth is, I’ve seen her produce much bigger pictures than that! It needed to be about 500 pixels wide
When I took that picture, I also took about 100 more in the same session. Imagine how quickly the post grew in size when I started writing an article using these images. They had to be resized, but there were 100 of them and that would take forever. Enter Bulk Image Resizer from MariusSoft for Windows.
Bulk Image Resizer is a little freeware application that does precisely what the name describes – it resizes batches of images quickly and effectively. Offering support for JPEG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF, TIFF, and PNG, the Bulk Image Reizer will satisfy the average user need
To get started with this exceptional tool, download the zip file from the MariusSoft website. Once the download completes, extract the installation file from the archive and install the app. There are no special tricks, it uses a very straight-forward install wizard.
After the installation completes, launch the Bulk Image Resizer from your Windows Start menu. Click the Add button to select the images that you want to add to the batch. Since I had an entire directory of files to resize, I simply went to the folder and selected everything.
I left the Resize Mode set to width, since I only knew how wide the pictures could be. The tool automatically keeps the aspect ratio, so that your pictures maintain the shape they started with. Next I set the dimensions to 500 pixels wide. After that, I selected an output directory and finally clicked the Convert button to get started.
It literally took only a few seconds and all 73 pictures were processed. As you can see in the following comparison, the folder of resized pictures shrunk considerably in size compared to the originals. Going from 174 MB down to 20.6 MB is fairly significant.
The images looked great and were a perfect fit for my article. There was one downside though. All of the pictures lost some of the metadata that was once associated with them. If you compare the next set of pictures, you can see a lot of information about my Nikon digital SLR camera. However, all of the camera specific data was lost after the conversion.
In all fairness, the information wasn’t relevant to the article, so losing it wasn’t the end of the world. I also archived the originals. If I ever need to get at that metadata, I have a copy stored away.
I would highly recommend this lightweight and easy to use photo processing tool to just about anyone who has a need for it. The interface is very intuitive and easy to navigate. Updating your pictures in a hurry has become easier than ever – thanks to the Bulk Image Resizer.
What other software do you use to resize your images?
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