There is a problem some people are noticing with how their Snow Leopard installations handle some JPEG images. When these images are viewed using built-in image rendering technologies, the application presenting them will crash. This includes the Finder, which will quit and relaunch when a folder containing the files is opened and previews are rendered.… Read more
Photo Cropper is a basic image-cropping utility. We're not sure how a program could take a function as simple as cropping and make it so complicated, but Photo Cropper has succeeded in doing this.
The program's interface is composed of three large boxes and makes no sense. We were immediately annoyed by the fact that dragging and dropping is the only way for users to get images into the program; there's no File menu. Once we opened an image, it was not immediately obvious how we were to go about cropping it. It turns out that clicking … Read more
AZImage is a basic image converter that lets users quickly resize and convert images. The program's ease of use and a few cool extra features make this a good choice for conversion jobs of all sizes.
The program's interface is fairly intuitive and attractive, with three tabs that represent the steps in the conversion process. In the first, users select the images they want to convert; images can be selected individually, or users can select entire folds of images for batch conversions. In the next tab, users select the format, size, and destination for the new images. The … Read more
Cool PDF Reader provides users with a fast and easy way of viewing PDF files. With simple controls and some added benefits, this program is a fine alternative to more popular programs like Acrobat.
The program's interface shouldn't take too much work to understand, since its tightly packed command icons all come with descriptions when the mouse rolls over them. This is fortunate, since the program's online Help file is a confusing maze that we could never sort out. The program begins with users selecting a PDF by using a standard file tree search method. The document … Read more
Image Compressor 2008 lets users shrink large images' file size without compromising quality. In addition, this simple program provides other image-altering tools to make a complete package.
Image Compressor 2008's interface features a crowded collection of command icons and a few smaller windows showcasing image details. Luckily, the program first offers a fantastic walk-through tutorial. In addition, users can consult an excellent Help file. Compressing files was surprisingly simple and involves selecting a photo, clicking on the Compression icon and choosing a destination. The file (or files if you choose Batch Compression) is compressed in a matter of seconds. … Read more
ReaJpeg provides users with a fast way to make JPEGs, but also offers added features. With a simple layout and excellent results, users will love how their photos look after using this program.
The program's interface is incredibly intuitive, since it breaks all actions down into the most basic form and leads users through the process. However, there is a generous Help file available to those needing more instruction. Converting an image to JPEG requires almost no work. Users simply open a photo from their collection and then hit the Save JPEG button. The file is instantly converted. While … Read more
Artweaver is an art supply store and a blank canvas all rolled up into one. With it, you can create your own masterpieces and experiment with the multitude of built-in tools. Choose from paint and calligraphy brushes, pens, pencils, crayons, and even sponges and brushes made to mimic famous artists like Van Gogh.
Artweaver's interface is very similar to Photoshop's. Creative professionals and hobbyists who are familiar with Photoshop will be able to navigate their way through its palettes and windows with no problem. This helped us get up and running with the program easily and made our … Read more
RentASoft Image Converter is a utility that allows users to quickly and easily convert images from one format to another. The program's intuitive and attractive interface makes it a breeze to use.
Using the program is as easy as right-clicking on any photo on your computer. Select "Convert image to..." and the program's interface opens. Users can choose from among 14 different file types, then click Convert, and it's done. Users can also specify where the new image is saved if they desire, and the ICO file type allows users to specify what size icons … Read more
Mike in Michigan wrote in complaining that while he loves the easy way to take screenshots in OS X, he didn't like that they saved as PNGs. Not that he has anything against PNGs, mind you, but most of the sites he visits let him embed JPEGs only. Well Mike, we can help.Command-Shift-3 is the command that takes a screenshot in OS X (or Command-Shift-4, if you just want part of the screen). It saves the image as a PNG. In Mac OS X 10.4 and later, you can change the default screenshot format at the command … Read more
AT Screen Thief provides users with a fast tool for capturing screen images. With fast capturing control and easily saved images, this is a perfect tool for users tired of hot-key screencaptures.
The program's interface is simple enough that most users will not need the Help file, though it is there for any missteps. With a simple menu and click-and-drag control, users will be making screenshots in minutes. The program begins when users right-click on its icon in the tray and select either Capture Desktop or Capture Active Window. Either way, a small window opens up that acts as … Read more