Sometimes, you may want to convert a heap of pictures to some other format or add the same watermark, effects to them. Gimp and Photoshop are two of the most powerful and popular photo editing software for Windows. Some plugins add batch processing functionality to GIMP, but getting used to the plugin and GIMP can be time-consuming. Photoshop is a premium software. You must spend around $200 for getting its license.
Fortunately, you don’t have to pay a penny, nor you have to waste time in learning new stuff as there are plenty of free standalone programs that support bulk image manipulation.
Recently, HighMotionSoftware had launched its free ImBatch program which supports batch image operations. ImBatch offers more features than Image Tuner and other free tools of the same type. It is a lightweight and easy to use software. It requires minimum 30 megabytes storage memory for installation. ImBatch comes with the below features:
Drag and Drop Support
There are two ways of adding pictures for batch processing in ImBatch. The 1st method is to click on the add images button and select files from the file dialog. The other method is to drag and drop files on the drop files here button. When the files have been added, users can sort them by name, path, resolution and their extension.
Task is the most important module of ImBatch. If you don’t add a task, your picture will be left unchanged. When you click on add task button, you’ll see a window that shows a list of image editing tasks supported by ImBatch. Version 4.9.1 of ImBatch supports 63 batch operations. The functions are arranged in the below categories:
All: Displays a list of all batch jobs backed up by the program.
Annotate: Allows you to add picture or text watermarks to photos.
Colors: Lets you play with the brightness, contrast, contrast, and colors of the photos.
Effects: Allows users to apply 13 effects on pictures.
Save: This option lets you create contact sheet, optimize images for the web and publish pictures on Facebook. It allows you to upload a photo on a remote PC using File Transfer Protocol, convert pictures from one format to another and save the image to a PDF file.
Selection: Offers basic selection tools.
Transform: Want to create a photo collage, crop a picture or change its orientation, navigate to the transform section in the add task window.
Tags: Lets you remove IPTC/EXIF tags from photos. You can also set these two tags with the ImBatch software.
File: Allows you to batch move or delete photos.
There’s no limit on the number of tasks a user should add. You can save a job for later use.
This interface features a tabbed panel with the below tabs:
System: Here, you can change the language of the program and configure DC Draw plugin options.
Interface: Here, you’ll find an option to modify the look and feels of the program. ImBatch has eight inbuilt themes of different styles.
Images: This tab lets you enable recursive adding of pictures and multipage images. In Recursive adding, ImBatch will process subfolders of a folder where you’ve stored images.
After batch: Once a task completes, ImBatch can be configured to reboot, shutdown, lock the computer or execute a command. It can also play a beep sound when a job finishes.
ImBatch program offers the below three tools:
Context Menu Editor: For quicker image processing, ImBatch lets its users add or remove ImBatch modules to the Windows Context Menu. Users can choose what functions they want the context menu to have.
IPTC/EXIF Editor: Want to add information to the pictures? Use this tool.
Script Editor: With this tool, the user can view or edit the task script.
Conclusion: ImBatch can be used without any restriction for personal use. If you want to use it in your business, you’ll have the buy the pro version. Visit HighMotionSoftware.com to get your free copy of ImBatch.