Although the maximum rendering resolution increases with each device launched on the market, there are plenty of users looking for easy and comfortable image resize solutions. AnyPic Image Resizer adds to the list of apps tailored to shrink batches of photos to a user-defined size. Its abilities also include renaming of the items as well as involving several resampling filters in the process.
AnyPic Image Resizer follows the pattern of so many photo resizing alternatives on the market and is offered free of charge. It is not portable, but installation went smoothly in our case and no problems were recorded.
Our experience with such software taught us that looks generally come second, but in this case the interface is well-drawn and straightforward, offering a clear view of all the functions and options available. A single window encompasses thumbnail preview for the loaded photos as well as the settings you want to make for the conversion.
To make your work easier the program makes available a list of profiles with pre-made settings to make your images compatible with various online services as well as modern portable devices such as those running Android, iPhone, PSP or iPad. The list of 16 profiles also lets you convert the pictures to thumbnails of different sizes. If none of the entries fit your needs you can create a custom one and save it for later use.
Adding the items you want to process is an easy job, but things could have been easier if there was support for drag and drop. The application can handle both individual files as well as entire folders. Loading up the items does not take too long, in our case the procedure completed in about three seconds for a number of 325 pictures summing almost 900MB.
AnyPic Image Resizer comes with incredible support for input formats as it can deal with all popular image types as well as less known or used ones. It can load JPEG, Bitmap, ICO, PNG, WMF, EMF, JPEG2000, Camera RAW (CRW, CR2, NEF and DNG to mention just a few of them), PSD or layers (LYR). The strange thing is that support for video (AVI, MPEG and WMV) is also on the list; however, in our case nothing was extracted from these file types (we expected conversion of the thumbnail image).
The application is not able just to resize all this avalanche of image types , but is also ready to convert them to JPEG, BMP, PNG, PDF, TGA, TIFF, PSD or GIF, and comes with rename options as well as a small stack of resample filters.
The settings are different, according to the type of conversion you choose. In the case of PDF the options let you choose if you want all the pics in one document or separate and the pick the page size. With TGA and TIFF you are provided compression types (RLE and LZW respectively).
Resampling filters available in the program include the basic bilinear, nearest-neighbor and bicubic interpolation. If you do not know which one to choose, just leave it to bilinear; otherwise follow the tips for the other two filters.
Renaming options are a bit restrictive if you change the original name of the files. The entire batch of options includes adding a counter, current date, month, year, time, hour minute or second. However, if you choose to replace the original name with a text of your own the only combination remaining is to add a counter as all the other choices vanish.
As far as performance goes, AnyPic Image Resizer is not utterly fantastic. The 325 images we selected for the test were processed in about five minutes. The process time when using bilinear or bicubic interpolation was not too different. With bicubic we recorded 4’43’’ while in the case of bilinear the task took 5’11’’.
Impact on the system was not significant, but it cannot be overlooked either. CPU was used at an average of 44% while about 70MB of RAM were required for the operation.The Good
The interface is extremely easy to use and straightforward. All the options are in plain view and within easy reach.
It can convert an enormous number of image files, including RAW types. Among the output formats you’ll find PDF and PSD, choices rarely encountered in such software. Resample filters help you get the best quality in the output results.The Bad
There is no support for drag and drop which would make loading the data more comfortable. Rename options shrink to one if you try to change the original name of the files.
Trying to convert some AVI items showed nothing relevant in the output folder; the pictures saved could not be opened.The Truth
Despite the fact that it supports a huge amount of file formats and it features resampling filters to make the most of the output result, the application still falls short on several aspects. It does a great job, it is easy to use and free of charge, but there is room for improvement.
On the upside, if you are looking for a converter that can handle a myriad of file formats and also features resample filters during the conversion AnyPic Image Resizer
may be of help.