"Image converter and renaming tool"
FastStone Photo Resizer is a need-to-have program for image conversions and many other image tasks. It is very simple to use, and its conversion process runs quick. It can easily perform image conversions to PNG, JPG and many other file types in a snap! It's also great if you would want to add effects to your images.
The installation is very quick and simple. No hidden adware or anything of the sort bundled in with the product. The program only installs on the Windows OS.
The interface is quite basic, making the program useful for novice and advanced users alike. It resembles the Windows Explorer browsing experience and the look can be modified under "Skin" in the upper menu.
Besides using a common Explorer-like interface, you can Drag&Drop files as well.
The program can perform operations such as image conversions, color and border effects.
The Advanced Options in the Batch Convert tab makes the program stand out from the crowd and will appeal to the advanced users. You'll find options such as Resize, Rotate, Crop, Canvas size changing, Color Depth, Adjustments to Brightness, Contrast, Gamma. DPI, adding Text, and Watermarks.
The program lets you preview the pictures, and lets you select a lot of very specific options, before making changes to the image.
You can batch convert or rename multiple images at once, making it convenient to use for users with large collections of pictures.
A search feature would be nice and an easier way to navigate through folders and files would help as well. For instance, a Tree-like browsing structure would greatly improve the navigation.
Shortcuts to popular image locations such as Windows' default Pictures folder would nicely append to the user experience of novice users.
If you find the program too complicated for you and you want an easier to use image program, I suggest Picasa by Google. This program gives you more effect editors then FastStone, but if you want to convert images with Picasa, then you're out of luck. If you are only looking for basic editing options for your pictures however, I'd go with Picasa.
From converting images to adding effects, the program is extremely satisfactory and gets the job done both quick and easy. With little room for improvement, it deserves 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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