Reducing the size of large images is a common task among people who often deal with images. If you’re a photographer, blogger, or anyone who constantly comes across the need to upload a ton of images to blogs or for sharing via email attachments or social media, you surely have an idea about the importance of compression. Images smaller in size not only save upload time, but also internet bandwidth. Web apps like Smush.it
, TinyPNG and JPEGmini
etc. are fairly popular among photo junkies for reducing picture size while keeping the quality reasonably the same to the naked eye. Kraken
is another such web service that aims to help you with compressing your images without compromising their quality. It differs from TinyPNG and JPEGmini in that it supports multiple image formats including PNG, JPEG, GIF and even SVG. It also features lossless and lossy optimization modes, giving you flexibility and choice between quality and compression.
Internet has become a vast community that, just a few decades ago, not many had thought would turn into what it is now. You can instantly communicate with friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, professionals and even strangers on social media, VoIP or IM apps, approach your clients online without actually meeting them, exchange emails with your colleagues, play games, and do a bunch of other stuff you like. Among the many advantages internet provides, sharing photos is probably one used by a vast majority - even those who don't use many other online services. But sometimes, sharing photos can become quite a tedious task due to image size limitation of the photo sharing or file transfer service that you employ or even worse, if your monthly internet data cap is already dipping in the lows. That’s where tools like VJC
come to rescue because if you can’t share the original file, why not just compress it first?
Screenshots are a great way to complete your story and give a clearer picture to your reader of what you are trying to say. Reading the text may confuse someone, but a picture depicts exactly how things should appear before the user. Other than that, it is also helpful for those people to understand your article who are not completely familiar with the language its written in. Previously, we have covered some very good screen capturing tools, like Greenshot, an open source utility best for taking screenshots
of a particular region, and Shotty, a tool that includes Windows 7 Aero-Glass effect in screenshots
with semitransparent border, along with the shadow of the active window. They very useful for taking screenshots of a particular screen area, a specific window or the whole desktop, but what they doesn’t allow you to do is take periodic screenshots of your desktop. If you want to take screenshots of your computer screen at fixed intervals, AutoScreenCap
is the tool for you. It is an open source utility for Windows that allows you to periodically capture screenshots of your desktop and save them in JPG format on your hard drive. Keep reading to find out more about AutoScreenCap.
PDF (Portable Document Format) is a hugely famous file format used to publish documents that must be viewed by the recipient as the author intended, no matter which program he is using to view the documents. If you want to send someone an image, but you want it to remain exactly the same, and there is a risk of the image being tampered with, you can convert it to PDF format restricting anyone from changing the contents. JPG to PDF Converter Free
is a user friendly document conversion tool that allows you to convert your JPG images into PDF files. Opposed to its name, it can convert not only the JPG files, but also a lot of other image file formats to PDF, including PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF, PCX, PSD etc. The application lets you convert images individually or in a batch operation depending on your requirement. If you need to convert a massive amount of images present in multiple locations on your PC, JPG to PDF Converter Free lets you easily perform the conversion. Other than converting the images, you can also add metadata =, such as Title, Author, Subject and Keyword to the generated PDF files.
Want to apply creative filters or effects to your photos without using Photoshop? Previously reviewed Leaf
is one option, but since it has a limited functionality and does not provide some tweaking options, we went on a hunt to find a better application. Today we came across Easy Photo Effects,
which can apply some complex filters (such as TiltShift effect) to any picture in a snap. It is a portable application which not only allows adding effects to photos but also provides additional tweaking options to adjust the size, borders, and effect layout for the photos that are to be edited. You can save your converted photos in JPG or BMP format.
We require installing a number of applications for opening different kinds of files. Installing too many applications can slows down system performance and can become quite a hassle to install and manage each of them. Open Freely
is a standalone application which can open any kind of document, media or compressed file. Once you have installed Open Freely, you will no longer require installing any media player, image or PDF viewer, compressed archive manager, etc. Open Freely can open up to 100 file formats of variable file types, including popular images, video/audio, documents, and compression formats. Other than acting as a file viewer, it also provides a number of other features such as image cropping, document editing, file extraction and the ability to save file types in multiple file formats.
Metadata of images can contain personal information about a user, along with extra imagery which one might not be willing to share along with the image. For instance, Photoshop generates small preview images which are hidden in the original image. If you simply crop the picture and resave it under the original file name, the preview thumbnail stays the same and reflects not what your image currently looks like, but instead it appears like the original image. Moreover, EXIF data can end up displaying your geolocation along with your image which is quite undesirable for many users. As this data can be misused by scammers from your pictures online. Image MetaData Stripper
is a portable application (for Windows and Mac) which removes metadata from common image files in JPG or PNG formats. It does not alter the image quality, and can process multiple images in a snap. You can also automatically save a backup of the source image.
We require installing many standalone applications for viewing videos, photos, listening to music and opening documents of various formats. But what if one application can open all kinds of files? Free Opener
is an application that does just that. It supports a large number of file extension, including video, audio, document and image formats.Once you install this app, you will no longer need a PDF viewer, multimedia player or an app for opening compressed files.
is a portable graphics viewer which displays image files within a folder tree, slideshow and with transition effects. It has some unique features which common file viewers greatly lack, such as, the ability to display images with selected opacity levels, an interface free slideshow, auto-scroll, windows wrapping and image squeezing. ArtSage can display multiple images in unique styles including a collage of images from a selected folder.
Other than having it's own set of unique options, ArtSage contains many commonly used features which an image viewer is suppose to have, such as, rotation, cropping, zoom, full screen, etc. It supports a large array of commonly used graphic and picture formats like BMP, EMF, GIF, ICO, JPG,PNG and TIF, etc, which makes it a comprehensive image viewer with additional features.
Do you have a large sequence of Jpeg images and would like to create a time-lapse movie out of them? Luckily, I have found a tool that does exactly this.
PhotoLapse is a free portable tool for Windows that can create a movie in avi format from large sequence of jpg images. All you have to do is to browse the directories where the images are located and add them to the list. Next, you can check/uncheck the images that you would like to include/not include in the video. You can also mark every 2nd, 3rd, or any number of frame, which makes it easier to include less images in the video, thus saving the total video size. Read More
If you are looking for a way to convert multiple image formats like jpg, png, bmp into Windows Icon, look no further than ImagIcon. It is an excellent little utility that lets you convert multiple image formats into jpg, bmp, png, ico formats. Users can save the photo in 16x16, 32x32, 64x64, 128,128 dimension icons. Read More