i need a batch processing program for windows (!)

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by sk3pt1c, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    a simulacrum
    right, i haven't used windows in ages, but i have a client who said he's found someone to process the photos he takes for his website, to take the workload off my back and let me deal with the site itself.
    the thing is this someone is some kid and she has no idea how to batch process a few hundreds of photos to downsize and optimize them for the website.
    i'd do it with Fireworks, but i don't think she'll be able to get to grips with it without me having to travel over there to show her.
    so i'm looking for a (free) alternative that can do simple batch process tasks, like a 20% drop in size and 80% in quality, so she can then send me the photos to upload onto the site.
    i know this is an odd request, this being a mac forum, but this is the only place i can ask, i don't wanna register in a windows forum :D
  2. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    What about GIMP? I haven't used it but have heard good things. You can also try posting it on the Windows on Mac forum, as well. Good luck.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    now you got the obvious adobe software, but as you say thats a tad complicated - maybe she should start learning :D

    Ok couple of options from the top of my head.

    XP only, theres a powertoy which can do batch conversions although it doesn't do the quality, its just a resize thing.

    Vista and XP
    Windows Live Photo Gallery - again just does resize but it can't get much more simple (highlight, right click and select resize, set size, wait)

    Google Picasa - pretty certain this would do it, but not had much use for it.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    a simulacrum
    gimp doesn't do batch processing i'm afraid.

    i know she "should" learn to use fireworks, but she seemed
    too thick for that :)

    i'm gonna take a look at picasa, i guess it's simple enough :)
  5. macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    Amsterdam, NY
    You would get better responses in a Windows Forum. Your question is like going to the fish market for advise on filet mignon.
  6. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    You don't need "batch"

    Gimp has a built in script language. But it hardly matters if the person using Gimp does not know how to write scripts.

    It would take all of 40 seconds to crop and resample 100 impages in Aperure. All yu do is do one by hand then "lift" the adjustments, select the 99 others images then "stamp" those adjustments onto the selected files. Because of the non-destructive way Aperture works it really would take only about 40 seconds.

    If you don't like the "lift and stamp" method then Aperture has what it calls "export presets" where you specify all the adjustmants that need to be done, like resample, and so on. Then you selects the 100 images and export them to a folder and select the desired preset. This works well for people who need to "web size" an entire project

    I thought Adobe Bridge could do this kind of thing as well, copy some adjustments then "paste" them into 100 selected files.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    a simulacrum
    it's for windows, so aperture is out of the question.

    i will probably get the adobe suite off a friend and show her how
    to do batch processing on Fireworks, i can't think of a simpler way...

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