We are pleased to announce the release of Batch It Ultra v5.58. In this update, we improved the performance of the JPEG preview.
We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Batch TIFF Resizer v3.29. This update adds the Deflate algorithm to the TIFF Compression options.
We made slight modification to the Image Format dropbox. Lately, we have clients who are confused about the “Extract” option. Basically, there is two core sets of Image Format, one which would be to merge all the files on the list as a single TIFF or PDF file.
The second option is the “Extract” option which has two variant. The first being the “Extract One File to One (PDF/TIFF)”. This method basically will treat each file in each row as a single file. It will apply the page rearranging, extraction and deletion where applicable. However if you set the page range to the all the pages in the document, it will save that single row as a single file. This will work with format which supports multipages such as the TIFF and PDF format.
The other variant to the “Extract” option is the one to extract all the pages to single page file. In this case, if a TIFF file has 5 pages, it will save each of the file pages as single pages. So you will get 5 files each with its own page. This will work with PDF and TIFF as well as the formats such as PNG and JPEG which does not support multiple pages.
Photography is in our blood and over the decades, we migrated from film based cameras to digital photography. Photos are a great way to capture our experiences, places we been and people we meet along this journey call Life.
As they say that a photo paints a thousand words and as true as it may be, it does not tell the whole story. Over the years, we wrestled with that thought but could not find a perfect way of doing that. We initially tried with the idea of making a virtual diary system which allows you to embed photos but in the end, that makes it a pretty proprietary solution.
The key questions we want to solve is the What, Where and How ? And we believe that we might have found the solution, not perfect but good enough for now. That’s where Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer came into being.
In the end, what’s important is the ability to be able to relived past experiences and to share them with our loved ones. That’s what we aim to achieve with Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer. It helps bring a new perspective to the story behind the photos.
Currently Memory Pics is a Mac Only app but we are looking to migrate it to Windows. The biggest issue is not so much about whether we can do it, it’s how to bring it to you without breaking the bank doing it. The issues is Maps. With the Mac version, Apple is kind enough to allow the App Developers like us to integrate their MapKit API without any charge. This however is a Mac only solution and the other requirement is that it has to be distributed through their Mac App Store. Which is what we are doing.
However for the Windows side, it gets a little tricky. Microsoft has Bing Maps and there is Google Maps which are not free and is priced based on the total number of queries if we want to integrate it within an app. There is however a free Google Maps license which is available for Free Apps. We took advantage of that with the Windows version of Memory Pics Viewer for the Maps and used the Reverse Geocoding API of the Free OpenStreetMap solution.
The What question or subject matter can be partially solve with the photo itself. The Where question is where Maps come into play. Many of us probably are using Smart Phones to take the bulk of our photos and the camera would embed the GPS Coordinates in the EXIF header. Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer would than use that information to pinpoint the location visually on the map and also perform a reverse geocoding to translate the GPS Coordinates into an address. The How is where the notes come into play, this is where you can embed any information you want about the photo in there.
What set Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer apart from the other apps out there is that all these information is embedded within the photo itself. On a normal photo viewer, the JPEG photo will work as they have always did. However on Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer, you get to see all the information in a beautiful interface.
Memory Pics is an easy to use and fun tool to view, edit and embed Notes and GPS Coordinates for your photos. You can pin the map by doing so right on the map or by entering an address and have the app find the point for you. Once pinned, you can move it around to the exact spot.
Memory Pics for the Mac is available right now from the Mac App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/memory-pics/id1149209988?ls=1&mt=12 for $9.99 (Introductory Pricing) . The Windows Version is currently under development.
Memory Pics Viewer is a Free App available for both the Mac and Windows which lets you view the notes, map location and other information. This is a read-only version.
The Mac Version of the Memory Pics Viewer can be found on the Mac App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/memory-pics-viewer/id1151374846?ls=1&mt=12 and available for FREE to download.
The Windows Version of the Memory Pics Viewer can be download right at our website at https://www.batchimage.com/product/memory-pics-viewer-windows/ and also available for FREE to download and distribute.
We hope that you enjoy using Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer. Do spread the word around.
We are pleased to announce the immediate release of JBatch It v6.29. This update fixes a bug which causes the app to crash when it encounters a faulty JPEG photo
Changing file dates ? Do it with ease.
Ever so often, we would need to replace the batteries in the digital cameras either during photo shoots or when we replace fresh batteries right before a photo outing. There is where we may face the issue of camera time. Unless the camera has internet connectivity and syncs the date time with time server, it is something we need to do manually. It can get complicated at times and it’s possible to get the date set wrongly, I have so many times. That’s where Batch JPEG Date Changer for Windows and CM Batch JPEG Date Changer for Mac comes to the rescue.
We are pleased to announce the release of three new applications on the Mac App Store.
CM TIFF Viewer
CM TIFF Viewer is free TIFF viewing application which allows you to view single and multipage TIFF files. It comes with a magnification slider to enlarge the view. It is helpful in viewing TIFF files which may not be supported by the built-in Preview app. As the Mac App Store does not support trial versions of our applications, we release this application as a way for potential users test if our TIFF supported applications will work with their files.
For more information or to download this FREE application, you can do so at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cm-tiff-viewer/id1083844538?ls=1&mt=12
CM Batch JPEG Rotator
CM Batch JPEG Rotator is modelled after our very own Batch JPEG Rotator which supports lossless JPEG rotation via EXIF meta data. By employing this method of rotation, the photo quality is not sacrifice and photos will be viewed in the correct orientation on any computer and platform. You will not need to worry about rotating each photo one at a time as it will evaluate every single photo and determine the appropriate orientation needed. It saves you time and hassle especially when sharing photographs with friends, family, colleagues or customers.
On the Mac and iOS devices, photos are automatically rotated so it might not be obvious that the actual underlying photos is stored as landscape oriented photos no matter if they are landscape or portrait. So what may seems right on the Apple devices would look very wrong on other platform. Solving this fundamental issue is what CM Batch JPEG Rotator is here to do.
For more information and to purchase this application, you can do so at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cm-batch-jpeg-rotator/id1102364838?ls=1&mt=12
CM Batch JPEG Date Changer
CM Batch JPEG Date Changer is an application born out of necessity. It is a batch tool which helps you modify the Creation, Modification and EXIF date associated to the JPEG photo file.
It solves a fundamentally pain point which may happen when wrongly setting the digital camera date time and finding out that all the dates are messed up. CM Batch JPEG Data Changer can help by offering you three ways of rectifying this issue. First by letting you set a specific date and/or time (you can decide which to change). Secondly by applying Date Maths by adding or subtracting time and day from the date time on the photos. Thirdly by syncing all Creation, Modification and EXIF Date times.
There are tools out there which let you change file date and time but essentially what those do is to change all the files to a single date and time. It may work well for documents but that does not work well for digital photos when each photo would have been taking at different time. Moreover most tools does not deal with EXIF Date Time which would be essential for Cloud storage services such as Google Photos.
CM Batch JPEG Date Changer is made to fill that void and be a life saver when it is called upon.
For more information and to purchase this application, you can do so at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cm-batch-jpeg-date-changer/id1105847050?ls=1&mt=12
We will explore the question of the importance of resizing photos for the web and a few reasons to do so.
It is not uncommon to find Digital Cameras which are capable of taking a 16 megapixel images and some like the Canon EOS 5DS is capable of taking up to 50.6 megapixel photos. These all translate into pictures which contains greater details than ever before. There are discussions as to how many megapixels our eyes can see but since our eyes are not cameras, that number can range anything from 5 to 576 megapixels. What our eyes can see is another discussion we would not get into as we are no scientists.
As I’ve mentioned in a prior tutorial on Lossless JPEG Rotation, through the years of experience, I find that setting JPEG Quality to 75% would yield the best file size to quality ratio. JPEG or JPG is probably one of the most used image format because it uses a compression algorithm which provides the smallest possible file size amongst all the other 24 bit image formats and that is important when it comes to putting pictures on the web. You wouldn’t want to have to wait several minutes to view a picture on the ultra-expensive LTE mobile data line so file size is essential.
JPEG is argumentatively the most popular image formats uses for digital photography. It is so because compression they use which results in an impressive reduction of file size which makes it appropriate where size matters particularly where storage media is costly or small like in the case of digital cameras and for the use on the internet where bandwidth may be slow or costly. Now that we are in the age where speed is everything, waiting too long for a web page to download because of huge image may cause your visitors to move away to somewhere else.
Of course now, professional digital cameras do offer saving photos in the RAW format but that would result in about 10x the space needed to store a typical jpeg photo. RAW format has its purpose where quality is everything.
We are pleased to announce the release of Batch JPEG Rotator v2.10. This update contains an updated User Interface and a brand new imaging engine.
Batch JPEG Rotator is a Windows application which allows you to rotate JPEG photos without any quality loss. It comes with an advanced rotation engine which ensures pixels to pixel accuracy no matter how many times the images are rotated.