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    BEST SOFTWARE

    Easy ways to resize digital photos for e-mail


    By Ian "Gizmo" Richards

    Modern digital cameras take great photos, but the multi-megabyte size of each digital image often makes the photos too large to send as e-mail attachments.

    Free software can work just as well as commercial tools for reducing the size of the photos and, with just a few mouse clicks, can prepare hundreds of images for easy e-mailing.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/2010/01/28/05 (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.
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    There is a free program called Shrink Pic which detects when one is attaching a photo to an email and automatically resizes it for sending.

    http://www.onthegosoft.com/shrink_pic.htm

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    Picasa from Google also has a resize function that is very easy to use.

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    I use Microsoft Picture Manager to batch process resizing when I have a bunch of photos to send by e-mail. It's bundled with MS Office and shows up in the Start Menu under Microsoft Office Tools.

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    Picasa from google automatically resizes sends of more than one picture. The details are easily modified.
    Pictures may be sent from within picasa via gmail or outlook or other programs.

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    If you own a Nikon camera from the last 6 or so years, it came with photo organizing softare. The recent chronology includes NikonView, PictureProject, and most recently ViewNX. All these programs have a batch resizing feature.

    I think the same is true for Canon cameras. The most recent program I have is ZoomBrowserEX. It can export resized photos but I don't know if it works in batch.

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    Two excellent programs for downsizing and upsizing are onOne Software Genuine Fractals and Alien Skin Blow Up.

    DJ

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    Great article Gizmo, I used the Image resizer in XP and loved it. (it makes a copy and doesn't fart with the original). Now that I have Windows 7, I was missing that feature. not anymore thanks to http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/

    Thanks again
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    Thanks Gizmo, good column, I'll be trying "image Resizer" for Windows 7 64 bit.
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    How about posting a link to the original pic so that we can test other resizing progs and see how they compare? (Paint Shop Pro, for example, provides 5 resizing methods.)

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    How about posting a link to the original pic ...
    That's a good idea. The limit on uploads to the Lounge is 2MB per file, so we've uploaded Gizmo's original 4MB .jpg file to a separate server.

    Use the following steps to save the 4MB file to your drive:

    • Using Firefox, right-click the following link, and then select Save Link As.
    • Using IE, right-click the link and then select Save Target As.

    Download.WindowsSecrets.com/images/wsn/Bartolome-Island-Galapagos.jpg

    The .jpg file is already compressed into a binary format, so there would have been no appreciable size reduction if we'd saved it as a .zip file before uploading it.

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    ACDsee does a good job of resizing images - even though v6.0.3 isn't supported for Vista or Win7 it still seems to work fine. www.acdsee.com is the site and I use the old version since the newer ones are more clumbsy or whatever. Can resize based on percentage, size in pixels, or actual/print size and will still reserve the aspect ratio. You can also just do the width or the height. For further options Remove/replace orginal files, rename modified images and place in source folder, or place modified images in a new folder. Can preserve last -modified dates. A lot of other options too.

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    Hi Gizmo, love the articles!!

    I use MS Office Picture Manager for all my photo resizing, AND you can batch resize as well! I can change contrasts, crop photos, rotate and flip, and remove RedEye effects, as well as resize and compress. Most of these options allow customising, and don't become permanent until the file/s are saved.

    Cheers
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    I like to use Photofiltre which has a freeware version. It has many of the features of Photoshop.

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    I use a different method to resize a picture for email. I just display the picture in something like Picasa, size it, and use a screen capture program (Gadwin) to save a copy of the smaller picture to a folder. That way I have a copy of the smaller picture and it also makes it much easier to preview the picture before I send it.

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    Lyle Hatten

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