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** April 2014. Major revamp and update for relevance happening, especially now that support for Windows XP has ended, and now that we all are addicted to our Android phones. A lot of old stuff is going.

This post in particular started this whole website...

I have been building and using computers since about the Ice Age, from DOS 3 through to Windows 7.
I have been mucking about with mobile phones for quite some time, using Symbian S60 and then Android.

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March 23, 2011

Batch Photo Picture Resizer. How To re-size multiple images in one drag and drop.

Here's my latest find. A batch photo or picture resizer.
I use this to resize many photos in one hit.
Here's the link - Batch Picture Resize
http://www.rw-designer.com/picture-resize

RTFM ! Read the manual. Download the file and save to desktop or anywhere handy.
I have multiple copies in all my picture folders. It's a very handy tool.

It will look like this "PhotoResize400.exe".



I copy and paste this into the folder of photos I am resizing, and 'rename' it depending on the job I am doing.

Right click and rename the file as shown - test it first.
I have renamed this one as PhotoResize40PQ75IO   - you can copy and past this to rename it.

This means - reduce to Percent 40% of original, at Quality 75%, I=overwrite original file, O=don't wait for the Enter button prompt (makes it a tad quicker).

** Warning  - experiment first with one picture. Try these

PhotoResize80PQ75IO  - shrink to 80 percent of original. Keep the .exe on the end.
PhotoResize60PQ75IO  - shrink to 60 percent of original


Rename as appropriate.


My usual file is renamed as PhotoResizeP75Q75IO.exe - you can copy and past this to rename it.

This means - reduce to Percent 75% of original, at Quality 75%, I=overwrite original file, O=don't wait for the Enter button prompt (makes it a tad quicker).


I then select all the images I want to resize by holding down CTRL and right clicking on all the images I want, then drag onto program file. So easy.

This brings my huge 1Mb pics down to about 110kb. A size suitable for posting in blogs.

** Warning  - experiment first with one picture. Try these

PhotoResize80PQ75IO  - shrink to 80 percent of original. Keep the .exe on the end.
PhotoResize60PQ75IO  - shrink to 60 percent of original

This is an example of  PhotoResize40PQ75IO - My original photo is 481 KB in size...


Drag and drop - very easy.


End result is a picture at only 33 KB in size. This is a bit too small, and looks grainy if I zoom right in.



I have multiple copies of this file scattered through all my picture folders. So don't be afraid to copy and paste it all over the place.

Big thanks to the person who wrote this one.
There is a PayPal button on their site. Donate.
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Resizing method

* PhotoResize400.exe - maximum side 400 pixels.
* PhotoResize_400.exe - minimum side 400 pixels.
* PhotoResizeF400x300.exe - frame size of 400x300 pixels. The resulting image width will be smaller or equal to 400 and its height will be smaller or equal to 300 pixels.
* PhotoResizeW400.exe - width set to 400 pixels. Height automatically computed to keep aspect ratio.
* PhotoResizeH400.exe - height set to 400 pixels. Width automatically computed to keep aspect ratio.
* PhotoResizeP50.exe - resize to 50%.
* PhotoResize400x300.exe - resize to exactly 400x300 pixels. Aspect ratio is not preserved.
* PhotoResizeD100.exe - resize to 100DPI. Physical size stays the same.
* PhotoResizeD100T.exe - overwrite the resolution information in the header without touching the pixels.
* PhotoResizeK20.exe - resize to approximate maximum size of 20kB.
* PhotoResizeG1024x768.exe - use content-aware resizing to change aspect ratio while preserving content.
* PhotoResizeA400x300.exe - crop and resize to 400x300 pixels. The central part is preserved and resized while the borders are cropped.
* PhotoResizeA400x300x5.exe - extend canvas and resize to 400x300 pixels. The last number (0-9) controls canvas brightness.

Additional options

* PhotoResize400R.exe - process recursivelly all sub-folders.
* PhotoResize400C.exe - place files to current folder (current folder can be specified in shortcut properties).
* PhotoResize400S.exe - skip files already smaller than the requested size.
* PhotoResize400O.exe - do not wait for Enter.
* PhotoResize400U.exe - skip files already existing in the destination location.
* PhotoResize400N.exe - sharpen image.
* PhotoResize400I.exe - overwrite source files.
* PhotoResize400M.exe - copy metadata.
* PhotoResize400E.exe - preserve file modification time in addition to file creation time.
* PhotoResize400Q50.exe - set compression quality to 50%.
Try it on for size. Cheers. Si.
Checked for links and relevance, April 2014.
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