I have reviewed several Firefox extension that improve the image saving capabilities of the web browser in past weeks. Among them the incredible Image Download II and Bazzacuda Image Saver. Image Picker is another, albeit more simplistic, extension for Firefox.
Its core feature is the ability to download multiple images from a web page at once. It is only able to scan images that are posted on a page, it will not include linked images in the downloads. That's a serious disadvantage over the two previously reviewed image downloaders.
Still, its simplicity may be exactly what some users ware looking for. The extension does not confuse you with pages full of settings and if-then-else options.
You can start downloading images in two easy steps. Right-click on a page with images and select the extensions' context menu entry Pick Images.
This opens a new window with filters on top, a thumbnail preview of all matching images and save options at the bottom.
You can use the filters at the top to limit the thumbnail display to images that exceed a specific file size, and minimum width and height. It is furthermore possible to enable or disable images by file type, with jpeg, bmp, png and gif available for selection. A click on Filter applies the new image filtering settings to the preview area. All images on the page that match the filters are displayed as thumbnails. Additional information, like each images' resolution, file size and file name are displayed as well.
The View button on top can be used to change the thumbnail display from small to medium or large.
All images are selected for download by default. Checkboxes are available to block some images from being downloaded.
You need to specific a download path for the images before you can use the Save button to save all selected images automatically to the local system. Image Picker creates a folder from the page name automatically in which all images are stored. The extension will use the Firefox cache first if images are stored in the cache to save bandwidth and speed up the downloading.
The Image Picker extension works well on websites and pages that display full sized images. The developer should consider adding an option to download linked images as well with the extension.
Firefox users can download Image Picker from the official Mozilla Firefox add-on repository.Advertisement
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