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April 16, 2012

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Thanks for posting this Geoff. I will pass this on to our local Legacy user group. Barb K.

There's a Windows PowerToy called 'Image Resizer'. When installed, it sits in the context menu as 'Resize Pictures'. If you right-click on any image, you can choose a size and it will instantly make a new image in the altered size, same format.

As an experiment, I clicked on a tiff 43.8 MB, 3502 x 4378 pixels and re-sized it to fit a 1920 x 1080 screen. It came out 863 x 1080 pixels and 1.21 MB, still a tiff. Plenty small enough to email and from the same location.

I've used it on XP and Windows7.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-xp

JL - thanks for the tip, but I couldn't find the version that works for Windows 7 on the link you provided. I did find something at http://imageresizer.codeplex.com which looks promising. Just be certain that you don't resize the original - always make these changes to a copy of the original.

Sorry about the link I gave you. I don't recall where I got mine from but I do have it running on Windows 7. Did you try installing that one? It may also work.

You don't have to be concerned about making a copy as it will automatically make a copy, give the re-sized version a different name, Original(Medium) for instance, and save it right next to your original.

If you re-size a TIFF, Windows will compress it with LZW (a type of TIFF compression). This is good because LZW is a lossless compression and it can make a very large tiff small enough for email.

If the person in your example wants to then link the certificate to Legacy they won't be able to as Legacy doesn't import LZW-compressed TIFF's as I'm sure you know. It's a pretty simple matter of opening the image in a graphics program and re-saving it with No Compression. It reconstitutes the image to its original size with no loss of quality.

One more thing I should have mentioned. If you're using IPTC-annotation on your photos, using the Image Resizer will completely strip it out. So, I only re-size photos this way when I don't care if the recipient can see the tags. Otherwise I send them by Dropbox.

Sorry to be so talkative. I uninstalled the one I had called "Image Resizer Powertoy Clone for Windows (64-bit)" and installed the one from the link you gave, and it doesn't strip out the tagging! Great stuff. Thanks for your help.

Geoff, I don't really know where it came from, but in the last few days I was offered an free Adobe program called SendNow that will let you send a link to a 100MB file. bigger if you want to pay extra. this works very much like an email attachment. Just FYI

Thanks to all for this thread. It so happens I've been a good boy and checking all my Sources over the last few days. The Resizer especially will be a great tool. Image size has always been a problem particularly with my Legacy-made Family website.

I use Gimp image editor to crop and resize digital pix. This is an open source product, works great and is completely free to download and use.

I use Microsoft Office 10 for most of my editing needs. The program has a resizer that allows you to enter what you want or, the best part, it has predetermined sizes that work great for sending via email, posting to FAG or other sites. You can use the crop tool and auto correct or a basic contrast corrector. While Adobe Photoshop Elements is a much more thorough program and has lots more bells and whistles, this one is free and does the basics. Most of the time all I want is crop and resize anyway. FYI - I am using Windows 7.

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