Most of the email services have file attachment size limits, and hence if you intend to email that recent picture you took with your digital camera directly, it probably won’t work because of the high resolution and size of that picture. Hence resizing pictures is the only way out, and today we will see how to get that done really quick in Windows 7.
Microsoft’s Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP was a fantastic tool to resize photographs right from the explorer’s context menu. It made it very easy for a user to reduce the size (by altering the resolution) of raw photographs which were shot using a high quality digital camera, thus making it easy to upload and send them using email.
The above program worked only in Windows XP. It was later cloned by a developer to offer same photo resizing features for users on Windows 7. Image Resizer available at CodePlex is a successful attempt to offer Powertoy Image Resizer features in the latter.
Raw photographs from a digital camera are enormous in size and incorporate details that are unnecessary for bare human eyes. This tool, converts or makes copy of the original photograph in a much smaller size that can be viewed on a computer without loosing any visible details.
You can then mail these resized photographs to your family or upload them on social networking websites to cherish your moments with your friends, saving both bandwidth and upload time.
How to Resize Photographs Using this Tool
Resizing a photograph is a cakewalk with this tool. As you install the program it integrates itself with the Windows shell. This application does not come with a user interface. To start with the resizing simply navigate to the folder which contains your photographs, select them and choose Resize Picture from the right-click context menu.
Finally select your desired output size and click ok.
Note: You can even batch select your photographs but as their is no progress bar shown to the user you might notice your explorer freezing for a minute or so depending upon the batch size.
The tool is amazing and does exactly what it says. It’s quick and easy to use, and was able to resize my pictures in seconds. It’s a must have application if you love to share your photographs with your family and friends over the web. On a second thought, I think you can use the trick to save some space on the hard disk too.