Resizing your images’ resolution or shrinking down their size does make sense. Most of the web hosting services allow you to upload to image up to certain limit in size. Moreover, its better to reduce the size of your image before uploading them to forums or sending them as email attachment, because no one likes the image to take ages to download. Resizing one image file is easy and you can do it in most photo editing software, but if you have an umpteen number of images at your disposal, it becomes difficult to shrink them one at a time. In such situations batch image resizers come in handy. One such software we came across is Shrink O’Matic. It is an image batch resizer and image converter which works by simply dragging images over the application. It lets you choose the output size, output name and output format of the images. Currently, JPG, GIF and PNG formats are supported by the application. You can limit the output size according to pixels or resize the image using Ratio slider. The utility can auto-rename the files and save them in defined folder.
The application sports a simple yet clean looking interface. The resizing process is as simple as dragging the images and dropping them over the application. First, define the output size that you require. You can either set the size limits according to pixels by specifying Max width and Max height or selecting the size ratio from ratio slider. Now from Output name section, select either auto-rename option or let it keep the original file names intact. When done, specify Output folder. If you uncheck Specify an output folder option, it will overwrite the files in original folder. Finally, select the output format and choose the output quality if the it allows.
Once all settings are in place, select the images that you want to resize and drag them over the application, as soon as the files are added the image resizing process is automatically triggered.
You can access the resized images from the output folder. The only downside of this application is that it doesn’t support file renaming prefixes and suffixes. The Auto-rename option uses an unchangeable, predefined syntax for renaming files. Shrink O’Matic works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS X, provided you have Adobe AIR installed. We tested the software on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.