There’s nothing better than finding an app that simplifies a time-consuming task, especially if it’s a task you do every day. Ever needed to resize an entire folder full of pics? It’s a task that may haunt you, unless of course you’ve mastered batch editing using Photoshop — a technique I decided not to learn after a few friends on Twitter shared these:
Shrink O’Matic is a simple app for quickly batch resizing multiple files in seconds. By dragging files into the app’s UI or by picking a folder, multiple files will begin resizing simultaneously. As the name of the app suggests, it shrinks pics and doesn’t enlarge.
There are a few different preferences you can pre-set prior to dropping the images; output size (width & height), output name (auto rename/same as original), output format (the original’s format, JPG, GIF, PNG)
If you don’t specify an output folder, by default the images will be spit back to the folder where the original files sit. The advantage of using this app instead of your pro editor is time. You’ll have an entire folder of pics resized and spit back faster than Adobe Photoshop would even load on your Mac/PC.
The free app, available through the Adobe Marketplace, handles JPG’s, GIF’s and PNG’s and it works on Adobe AIR.
iResize is a freebie app for Mac for speedy image resizing. This app is exclusively for Mac and gives users the power to shrink or enlarge pics plus a handy JPEG compression tester for checking the quality of the image.
Similar to Shrink O’Matic, multiple images can be resized by drag & drop but iResize doesn’t immediately start resizing the images as soon as the files are dragged in, one of the drawbacks with Shrink O’Matic. With iResize users have the chance to play with the sizes, change the compression, rotate the file by 90 degrees or perform a JPEG compression test.
During the resize export process, the app gives the option to create a new folder and attaches a pre-set sequential numbering to the file name. iResizes saves files as JPEG, GIF, JPEG, PICT, PNG, TIFF or PSD files. And while there is an EXIF reader it doesn’t retain any data about the camera after exporting.
If you’re a Mac user, iResize would definitely be the better choice between the two. iResize has shaved off a lot of wasted time in my own process of importing and resizing images from different devices.