Image assistant

Resize, rename, and convert images with this basic tool.

Dealing with digital images can be a real chore if you don't have the right tools. Fortunately, there's a plethora of programs out there that can make image editing much less of a headache. Free Image Convert and Resize is one such program. This basic utility lets you do exactly what the name implies for single images or whole batches of them. It's nothing we haven't seen before, but it's easy to use and effective, and for that we like it.

The program's interface is plain and intuitive. An Add button lets you select the image or images you want to work with. A small preview area to the right shows a thumbnail of each selected image, letting you confirm selections. After that it's just a matter of choosing what you want to do with your images; you can resize images by specifying the new size in pixels or as a percentage of the original. Images can be converted between JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TGA, and PDF formats. Images can also be renamed by adding prefixes or suffixes or by finding and replacing a certain part of the original file name. The program loses points for not having a Help file; although its operation will be obvious to anyone who's used such a program before, those who haven't may have questions. Overall, we liked Free Image Convert and Resize. There's nothing much about it that sets it apart from the competition, but you could definitely do worse when selecting a basic tool for resizing, converting, and renaming images.

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