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FreeSizer, Profile Based Image Resizer

I do a lot of image resizing, mostly for the websites and blogs I run. I do that to make sure that the images have the right resolution and size. For that, I use the two programs RIOT and Caesium which are both ideal for that task.

Some users however might find those two programs complicated to use. FreeSizer could be an alternative for some users, despite the fact that it only seems to support the jpg image format.

It is possible to resize images with two clicks. The program displays a drag and drop area for images after startup. You can drag and drop jpg images from your local computer to that area. Each image is shown with its filename, dimensions, size and estimatations about the new dimension and size.

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The output images can be previewed individually with a double-click which is handy to evaluate the quality and size after the operation.

FreeSizer is profile based which means that the images are resized and optimized for specific usage scenarios. Available profiles include e-mail, instant messenger, social networks, iPhone and custom. Only the custom profile can be edited under the Settings tab, all other profiles use fix parameters that cannot be changed.

They differ in maximum resolution and quality. A maximum width and / or height, as well as a quality setting (original, high, medium, low) can be defined in the settings for the custom profile.

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The settings offer additional options to set a custom output directory. A click on the start resizing button processes all images in the drag and drop area. Images are by default saved into the same directory as the original images, but with different file names.

FreeSizer has several shortcomings that make it a less than ideal product for most users. Among them are lack of support for popular image formats like png, a missing option to modify the profiles and only four quality settings. It should be fine for users who only work with jpg images.

The program is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit edition for the Windows operating system at the developer website.

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Comments

  1. Shinjie said on July 12, 2011 at 11:14 am
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    You should tag it as “portable software”

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 12, 2011 at 11:15 am
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      Thanks, done.

  2. TechBuzzard said on July 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm
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    I use Riot and Fileminimizer. Fileminimizer Pictures 3.0 from Balesio is pretty quick and easy to use.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm
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      Good programs.

  3. Ken said on July 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm
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    The best thing about Fileminimizerf is that the dimensions of the pics can be maintained so you don’t get little pictures to show on your big screen TV. Using the standard compression I save lots of bits and still have a good pics to show.

  4. Marco said on July 14, 2011 at 7:25 am
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    Thanks for the review, it is much appreciated. I am associated with WinBit Software, so this response comes from the developer of FreeSizer.
    We noticed that you mentioned the lack of support for PNG images – this is a “feature” we intentionally left out because FreeSizer was primarily designed to resize photos. The PNG format is primarily designed for web graphics, which usually require more precise resizing operations, rarely performed in batch mode. We do not believe that the lack of PNG support would make it a “less than ideal product for *most users*” since all cameras product JPG imges (none do PNG to our knowledge) and the overwhelming percentage of images shared via email or web is in JPG format…. However, if there really is a demand for this, it would be trivial for us to add PNG or even BMP format in a future release.
    As for the configuration options, please keep in mind that we designed FreeSizer to be *easy* to use, so you can resize images without the need to know about pixels and compression levels… If you are an advanced user you can tweak the XML configuration file and totally change the profile names, sizes and compression levels (this is mentioned in the Help file).

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 14, 2011 at 8:37 am
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      Marco, thanks for the reply. I just found it strange that a popular format is not supported. While you may be targeting digital camera users, you are excluding graphic artists and web designers who want to optimize their images. Just my point of view.

    2. Bart Degryse said on August 18, 2011 at 11:25 am
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      Martin is right. You’re leaving out web designers. I would use FreeSizer if it could handle PNG. Now I will have to look for another tool.

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