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RapidoResizer – a Free Image Resizer/Rotator for Mac OSX

RapidoResizer – a Free Image Resizer/Rotator for Mac OSX

RapidoResizer for Mac - DownloadDo you ever run across a picture that’s perfect in every way, except it’s too big, or too small, or needs to be rotated or converted to a different format? Well, if you do, and opening up your copy of Photoshop or other graphic editor is just too much hassle for such a quick job, then RapidoResizer may just be for you.

Unless you hate commercials.

Let me explain. RapidoResizer, which I’ll discuss in just a bit, is really about half program, half commercial. Each time you quit the program – every single time! – you get an annoying scroll-down sheet that plugs other programs published by the makers of RapidoResizer. I wouldn’t mind (as much), if RapidoResizer was a shareware program, and the advertisement was simply trying to get me to buy a license. But RapidoResizer is freeware (not to mention the fact that the programs being advertised all cost around 50-100 dollars, in other words not even in the same ballpark as what a program like RapidoResizer might cost were it shareware), and so the advertising, after the first time, got incredibly annoying.

I was hoping the commercial would stop appearing every time after I clicked the link to check out the other products, however it keeps appearing every single time. Thankfully, the other freeware products I’ve tried from this company (RapidoStart and RapidoSerial), don’t behave this way.

Anyway, enough griping, and onto what RapidoResizer actually does.

Because frankly, it’s a pretty decent program. To use it, simply drag an image onto its icon (or onto the drop zone in the main window, if it’s already running). The program will scan the image for a second, then show you a preview of it. You will also notice a floating black window; this window has all the RapidoResizer options on it.

You can:

Change the dimensions of the image: You can change the dimensions to whatever you want. By default, RapidoResizer will keep the image proportionally identical to the original, but if you want to stretch or squash it, you can.

Rotate the image: This is probably the one feature that makes it tempting to use RapidoResizer over something like ResizeIt, a program I really like, but one that doesn’t rotate images. You can rotate the image 90 degrees in either direction, or 180 degrees.

Change the format of the image: RapidoResizer supports JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF and BMP, the most common image formats in use today. You’ll also notice, as you change from format to format, that RapidoResizer estimates the size of your image at the new format, which is a nice touch.

However, RapidoResizer isn’t perfect. In my testing, I was opening PNG files I’d taken as screen shots, and converting them to JPG, for uploading to HubPages. I was surprised, then, to see that after I’d changed the format to JPG in the main window and clicked the “Save As” button, that the image format was still set to PNG! Obviously I changed it and continued saving, but if I hadn’t been paying attention, I would have missed this and just assumed that the image was converted. It should be noted more clearly that the only thing happening in the main window is an estimate of size, not actually the format conversion.

Other than that, RapidoResizer is pretty good. As I mentioned, I typically use ResizeIt for all my image resizing and conversion needs. It’s fast, easy to use, and does everything I want. I don’t often have the need to rotate an image, but if I did, Preview (Apple’s image viewing program), can do that with a single keystroke combination. Because of this, I don’t have much need for RapidoResizer (not to mention being annoyed – obviously – with the commercials I’m forced to click through each and every time I use it!), but it’s not a bad program. I just recommend others ahead of it. Still, if you’d like to check it out, you can download your free copy at the App4Mac home page.…

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