I needed to resize more than fifty pictures yesterday. Photoshop is slow and cumbersome on its good days and I don’t have it at home. Paint.net is fast enough for a couple of pictures but for more than ten, you’ll go insane. So I went in search of a batch resizing tool.
So I’ve tried plenty of resizing tools over the years. Many of them were freeware, some were shareware and trialware. I never liked anything of them. They never stood out to me. I never felt attached, this should be evident by the fact I don’t name them here.
PowerToys is a collection of toys Microsoft has made over the years. Everyone yells about Microsoft for including extras in Windows and then yells when Movie Maker isn’t there by default. You can download PowerToys from the Microsoft website.
This is the diamond in the rough. Image Resizer works well and its interface is what makes it shine in my opinion. But first let me tell you how to get it since if you thought using the link above to download it was going to be enough, you would be wrong. Image Resizer simply won’t work on Windows Vista or Windows 7. I found a clone of Image Resizer and it works perfectly on Vista and on Windows 7. However, if you’re running a 64-bit, you need to download a special version. Now we can talk about how it works.
So you go into a folder with a bunch of pictures. You select them all. Then you right click on one. In the menu that appears, you find Resize Pictures. Now a little window pops up with predefined sizes and by hitting advanced, you can choose custom. I picked 1024×768. And then hit ok, wait a bit for conversion and you’re done. That’s right. It’s all inline and ready to go; you never have to open a program from the start menu or icon, it’s always there when you need it.
So if you need to resize a photo, don’t waste your time with a cumbersome photoshop or a trialware batcher, use Image Resizer PowerToy.