Pick & Save Images is a free browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that improves the browser's image downloading functionality significantly.
All web browsers ship with built-in options to save images, or to browse the local Internet cache to pick them from there instead.
While that is sufficient most of the time, you may sometimes need a tool that is a bit more powerful. Say, you want to download ten, twenty or even more than one hundred images posted on a page.
While you can do that manually using built-in options, you may prefer to speed things up a bit using browser extensions or programs.
The best program for the job is Bulk Image Downloader if you ask me, but it is not free.
Pick & Save Images may not offer the same functionality as Bulk Image Downloader, but it is still an excellent add-on. Here is why:
The add-on walks you through the main functions upon installation. This does not take longer than a minute, and ensures that you know all the core functionality the extension provides.
Basically, what you can do is click on the extension icon when you are on a web page, to have it grab all images on that page for you.
Pick & Save Images displays all images as thumbnails in a new window afterwards. This resembles how Bulk Image Downloader displays images that it picked up on URLs.
While you can click on save and be done with it, you can also customize the selection in various ways.
The filter options at the top enable you to filter by image resolution or by file size. You may also filter out all images but original ones, ignore duplicates, or filter by file extension, transparency, or animated content.
Only want to download high resolution images, png images, or the original files and not thumbnail files? All options are but a click away.
Another interesting option displayed right at the top of the window is auto-save. You can use it to save images directly using the filter options that you have specified.
The extension supports profiles which you can create and configure. It ships with only one profile, but you may add more with a click on the arrow icon next to the extension's icon in the Firefox interface.
This way, you can create profiles for various tasks or sites. Maybe you want to download images automatically on one site, but prefer to select pictures manually on another. Profiles let you do that.
Remember though that you need to switch between profiles, as there is no option to link profiles to specific sites.
You may link profiles to URLs, and even use wildcards for that. You could create profiles for individual sites, or add wildcards as well to match multiple URLs or types of services.
There is more to Pick & Save Images than that. Additional options are displayed at the bottom of the selection window.
You find options there to sort and view images in a variety of ways, an option to set a default save folder that images may get saved to automatically and without further user interaction, and even more download related preferences when you click on "settings".
There you find options to create sub folders automatically, file rename options, and other options like opening the folder the images were saved to after the operation completed.
Pick & Save Images is a handy Firefox add-on designed specifically for downloading images in bulk from websites. It is like the little specialized brother of the excellent Down Them All add-on for Firefox.
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