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Resize Photos With Shrink O'Matic

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BWOne has done several screencasts for us in the past, with great success. He’s been busy uploading CES videos to his own channel lately, but took a break to create another screencast for all of you. Today, Bowman is going to show you how to easily reduce the size of your pictures using Adobe Air’s Shrink O’Matic!

Shrink O’Matic is an AIR application to easily (batch) resize (shrink) images. It handles JPGs, GIFs and PNGs. Simply drag and drop images and they’ll be resized as you wish! Options allow you to choose the output sizes, names and formats. Make sure you specify the output folder (and format), or else it will save over your original by default.

The program allows you to define the pixel length and width, compression ratio, how to name your new file, and the new format. You don’t have to resize photos one at a time anymore, either. Shrink O’Matic allows you to run a batch of several pictures all at once!

Shrink O’Matic works on both Mac and Windows. Even though it only has a limited number of formats it can work with, it should be perfect for most user’s needs!

Thanks, Bowman, for another excellent tutorial!

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How do You Edit Images Without Installing Software?

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When you’re in front of your own computer, you probably have your favorite tools and programs installed. What happens when you’re away from your desk, or you can’t find a good desktop tool you can use. You can then turn to the Web. We’ve discussed some of these web-based apps before. Today, we’ll talk about a web-based photo editor.

PicResize is not only free, there are no accounts to sign up for. It’s easy to use. Simply upload your photo. Then click in the upper left-hand corner, where you want your new photo to “begin”. Move your mouse down and to the right, and click again at the bottom right where you want the box to end. Click “Continue”, and the picture is automatically cropped for you.

Once it has been cropped, choose a size to make the photo. You can also choose from one of many other options, such as sharpen, blur, fading, and several others. Once it is finished, you will see the following:

Success! PictureName.jpg has been resized.

Since we only resize your images and do not give you webspace to host them, you must Download and Save your resized image immediately! Your resized image will be automatically deleted from our servers within 20 minutes.

Click one button to view your photo and make sure it looks how you want it. Then you can save the image to your computer.

What other cool web-based applications do you use to make life easier? Which ones are the best… that you can’t live without?


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Easy Video Effects with Stomp

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ShinyWhiteBox is one of our sponsors. I want to highlight one of their newest products in this video. It’s their new Video “editing” program called Stomp. To actually call it an editor would be incorrect. It’s just so much more than that. It has tons of effects, tools, tweaks and very very VERY cool things you can do to your videos.

Stomp takes in big videos and spits out small ones, and does it so easily, even Grandma can do it. A helpful list of included presets for popular devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Video, Apple TV and YouTube) make converting videos a snap. Creating presets is as simple as 1 – 2 – 3 and you can save them into preset folder for managing multiple presets. It also has a dead-easy cropping feature. Drag a box around your video and Stomp crops the movie. That’s it, no more searching for parameters or pixel width. You can also scale videos with a single click. Manipulating your videos has never been this easy.

There are a ton of cool effects you can add to your videos. Here are just a few of them:

  • Linear gradient
  • Sharpen with a sliding scale
  • Exposure higher or lower
  • Color changers and color effects
  • Distortion levels
  • Geometry to change the scale and prospective
  • Blending

Those are nowhere near the only effects thata you can apply to videos. But… you get the picture. This program is just unparalleled. If you want to “slice, splice and dice” videos, this isn’t the tool for you. For that, you’ll need an actual video editing program. However, if you want to crop your video, make some changes to how it looks, and compress it for uploading… then this is what you need. And at just under $30.00, it’s a steal.

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