Review: Print sheets of thumbnails, easily, with handy freeware, Primg

Print thumbnails, proof sheets, and single images with this free print utility.

Primg is a Windows image printing tool that makes it easy to print proof sheets, pages of thumbnails, and individual images. Primg isn't a mere print driver; in fact, it uses your installed printers, virtual printers, and printer drivers for the actual printing job. Its job is to ease the tedious and complex process of printing multiple images in customized sizes. Primg is compact and, best of all, freeware. It runs in Windows XP to 8; we tried it in Windows 7.

Primg's user interface has everything where it should be, starting with the left sidebar's tree view for browsing and selecting images. The main display is tabbed for Thumbnail, Single, and Multiple Fixed Form page layouts, and there's a data panel on the right. Buttons labeled "Page Setup," "Options," and "Print" access more controls and settings, including a pop-up for managing plug-ins. In addition to Page Setup, Print, and Load with Click options, we could configure the default tab, Thumbnails, to display up to 12 columns of images; display File Names, EXIF Data, or no labels. The Individual tab let us set image size and position, resolution in dpi, and other options; while the Multiple Fixed Form page let us choose the number, size, and spacing of multiple images. We browsed to a folder full of images, and Primg quickly populated its main window with thumbnails. When we'd set everything up, we pressed "Print" and chose our printer and page options. After that, Primg's work is done. Better yet, so is yours.

Primg is easy to understand and use, as freeware should be, but you can click the "Help" button to open a Web-based manual. If you can't read Japanese, not to worry; the instructions came through Chrome's built-in translator largely intact and quite intelligible. Whether you're a pro or amateur photographer, Primg is small enough for your system and handy enough to earn its place in your toolbox.

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