January 15, 2010

Got photos? This program will save you gobs of gigs.

I am always looking for ways to save time, money and effort. Productivity and efficiency are what keep people employed at this point in the game. Although I have hesitations about streamlining everything, I'm certain this next suggestion is worth everyone's time.

Now that we are well into the digital age, I know most of us have gobs and gobs of stored images just setting on our computers, cameras or flashdrives. Many of the images aren't worth printing off, but they are certainly worth keeping for reminiscing. But now you have 3000 images that are taking up much needed storage space. What are you going to do with them.

Well, the creative folks over at RealWorld Graphics have come up with a solution that will save you time and money. Vlastimil Miléř and Jan Miléř have created a batch photo resizer. What does it do? It takes takes the images you specify, does some fancy image editing like resizing or cropping or compressing, and outputs a new set of files. Their website is complete with instructions on how to download the program and how to customize the program to fit your needs.

Let me give you an example of how I used the program. After downloading it to a folder with my images I then customized the program to this...PhotoResizeP100E.exe...which preserves the dimensions of my photos, but compresses them. I then selected the files and dragged them on top of the program, which automatically executes it. I did this to over 1000 images, which probably took me about an hour. Had I done this manually through a graphics program, I wouldn't have time to do this blog. This is the remarkable part, though, the filesize went from roughly 2.5 gigabytes in size, to just over 0.4 gigabytes. This is a hard-drive savings of 2.1 gigabytes, or about $5 if you could find a 2 gig flashdrive.

I'll admit, there was a small quality shift, but for most folks they won't notice it. If you are a photographer, though, I wouldn't use it on your prints. For all those files you know you'll never use again, it would save you tons of space.

Best of luck reminiscing while you save space. Tell the guys over at RealWorld Graphics how much you appreciate their product.

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