Digital images are now part of all our lives and we encounter them almost everywhere. Today, we have right at our fingertips both the technology and the ability to produce and edit pictures with insignificant effort. There are hundreds of applications that can help you change anything about a graphic file and all you need to do is reach out and pick the right one for you. Many utilities try to do it all and offer you an exhaustive tool for all purposes but often fail because of lack of attention insofar as details are concerned. Then again, once in a while, you come across a piece of software focused on one task but so good at it that you'll keep and use it for a long time.
When it comes to converting images, the range of available apps is nearly limitless even though the possible uses and facilities they can supply are roughly the same. The difference is made by the price you have to pay for such a piece of software, by the complexity of features and quality it provides. If you're on the lookout for a utility that can work with several picture files and formats at once with high processing speed and great looking output, you may want to take a closer look at Moo0 ImageTypeConverter. It offers you, in a small package, all the capabilities of a much larger and complex application with the great advantage of being free of cost.
The installation is quick and smooth, just as the actual operation, so be assured that you will be facing the business end of this tool in a matter of seconds. In fact, this unit of time characterizes best the functionality and rapidness of this software. It is very easy to understand and use, featuring drag and drop functionality with no complicated functions and settings to configure. The interface is minimalistic, though offering an advanced mode for tweaking the conversion.
This utility will handle five image formats, namely JPG
, all of them accompanied by some quality customizations you will find if you access the advanced options. Moo0 ImageTypeConverter can also work with several files at once and, a pleasant surprise, with all the supported file types at the same time. That is, if you load some JPG digital photos, you can convert them into all of the above graphic formats in a single batch. A constant in the configuration area is the background section that will enable you to keep the transparency where it exists or fill the picture with a color you can easily pick manually.
For the JPG and PNG formats, you have only one supplemental setting, namely a quality slider and an interlacing feature. Similarly, a single choice, for resolution, is to be found in the case of GIF and BMP, while the ICO file type comes with a bit more. This is in fact the area that caught my attention in the first place as I sometimes turn my digital photos into icons to personalize the files and folders on my computer.
This tool will allow you to scale the loaded images and thus preserve the original aspect by keeping the ratio between width and height. At the same time, you can select the sizes that will be included in the generated icon and they range from 16 by 16 pixels to 96 by 96. Another usable customization for the ICO type relates with the resolutions you want to add and they are 16 colors, 256 colors or 32-bit color depth (over 16 million colors).
When you go to the ''View'' menu, you are able to access a set of both interesting and useful commands that you may already be familiar with (when you used Moo0 ImageInColors
). First off, you can make the utility stay on top of all running applications. A different function that will prove quite handy is the ''easy drag'' that enables you to move the main window if you just click and hold the left button of the mouse while having the cursor placed anywhere in the interface. The ''right-click transform'' feature lets you toggle the advanced and basic modes and the last command accessible from this menu will give you the possibility to close the program by using the mouse middle button, when this is available.
Once the configurations are made, all that's left for you to do is add the files for the conversion and watch as the new images are generated in the same location as the source pictures. Moo0 ImageTypeConverter speedily processes the pictures without stressing the system resources, as it will keep the CPU activity under 50% with a RAM usage just under 10 MB.The Good
The main qualities of this piece of software are its conversion speed and ease of use doubled by the fact that it keeps the original quality. Another plus is the fact that it can generate window icons in ICO format from the most common graphic file types with a good pack of configuration settings.The Bad
On the downside, there's the simple interface that deducts some points and the lack of a few more options for some of the photo formats. Also, the fact that there is no way adding files by means of a menu that enables the user to browse for pictures, the classic method, could be hindering sometimes.The Truth
All things considered, Moo0 ImageTypeConverter can easily become a keeper for anyone who wants to turn graphic files into various formats and a must have for those who like to create original icons from digital photos. If you don't mind the simplistic GUI, you'll soon grow fond of this application, so take it for a test drive to see for yourselves what it is really capable of.Here are some snapshots of the application in action: