Light Image Resizer

Light Image Resizer


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 62 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.6.5
File Size:
6.77MB
Date Added:
August 13, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
257,787
Downloads Last Week:
487
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

VSO Image Resizer helps users deal with the massive amount of space photographs can take up on a hard drive. With a simple, yet directionless, interface, pictures can be reorganized and resized to meet needs, but comes with a risk.

This free program initially impresses with a colorful screen that looks professional and simple to navigate. However, a little playing around soon shows that users are in a canoe without any paddles. The simple-looking screen morphs into something far more complicated as option boxes expand with more confusing command choices. Not only are the options for adjusting picture size and save location less than intuitive, we found no Help file to hold our hand through the learning process. Adjusting pictures was eventually figured out through trial and error, but could come at a serious cost to some users. VSO Image Resizer doesn't offer any way to preview the changes you are making, but makes sure you are informed that these are permanent changes. Our fear is that users will alter a picture in ways they don't intend without a preview option.

After our image was converted we stumbled upon VSO's lone positive surprise, a screen detailing your conversion. Here the program shows how many kilobytes you saved or gained by converting your picture and how fast it changed (ours converted instantly). At the end of the day, we cannot recommend this program because there are other photo resizing options that don't run the risk of permanently ruining a shot.

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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 62 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 4 stars

    "Does what it says it can."

    February 10, 2013   |   By C_Edmund

    Version: Light Image Resizer 4.4.1

    Pros

    Easy user interface. Sufficient features to satisfy the basic user.

    Cons

    None found yet.

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  • 1 stars

    "Very good software but with spywares :("

    January 28, 2013   |   By mphilippe

    Version: Light Image Resizer 4.4.1

    Pros

    This is a very good soft and it does the job very well, I've used it for a while, nothing wrong about the app itself.

    Cons

    The problem comes from the spywares that are installed with it, without asking anything!

    Summary

    I don't recommend it, it's a pain to remove the ****** toolbar!

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  • 1 stars

    "A con, - avoid this"

    January 05, 2013   |   By FighterPilott

    Version: Light Image Resizer 4.3.2.2

    Pros

    Was good software

    Cons

    Now installs all sorts of other junk without asking - even if you select custom install and deselect the other junk foisted upon you.

    Summary

    Look elsewhere!

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  • 1 stars

    "Now installs browser toolbar & search hijack!!!!!!!!!!!"

    October 20, 2012   |   By Big_Daddy_Kane

    Version: Light Image Resizer 4.3.2.2

    Pros

    Well, it has a lot of options for batch resizing pictures. You can specify things such as the size of the image, compression level, destination folder, names, etc.

    Cons

    The biggest CON of them all is that the installer of the latest version installs the Babylon toolber/search hijack without your consent! The installer even asks if you want to install them like a lot of legit installers, but must ignore your wishes since it installs them regardless of your choice. ObviousIdea also added a nag screen to the free version that takes 30 seconds before you can use the program.

    Summary

    When VSO owned this software, the free version operated great, but as soon as ObviousIdea took over, they started putting junk into it and ruining it. Why would I pay for the full version when they have such deceptive practices like installing 3rd party browser hijacks (search redirects) and toolbars without my consent? That and reading the other comments of weird things like trojans embedded in the pictures? ***?

    I will never use another ObviousIdea program and will move on to other image resizers.

    VSO made a great product that was a step up from the XP PowerToy image resizer that isn't compatible with Vista/7+, but they sold it off to ObviousIdea who put the squeeze on it in deceptive ways!

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  • 1 stars

    "Trojan Buffer Overflow Virus added to resized files."

    April 12, 2012   |   By SASACE2000

    Version: Light Image Resizer 4.3

    Pros

    Easy to use, great program if they remove the Trojan. Never Download!

    Cons

    Once you have converted the image files, never edit them. VSO adds code to the files, so that when you edit the files and save it generates a Trojan Buffer Overflow Virus.

    Summary

    The virus is EXPL_MS04-028.A and info can be found at http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/ArchiveMalware.aspx?language=us&name=EXPL_MS04-028.A
    You can scan the folder with your antivirus, but the Trojan only gets created when you edit the resized file.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not Reliable."

    March 10, 2012   |   By dave052648

    Version: Light Image Resizer 4.1.1.5

    Pros

    Simple, lightweight, easy to use.

    Cons

    It randomly corrupts 1-2% of the images being processed. I uninstalled and re-installed the program all to no avail. This is a recent development within the last couple months (since 1/2012?). Perhaps due to an update? If you reran the same batch it would consistently corrupt the same photos yet I couldn't identify anything in their properties that would make them different than photos that processed correctly. I finally gave up and located an older version, VSO Image Re-sizer, pre-Obvious Idea, and presto the problem was solved!

    Summary

    Hopefully, if this is not an isolated problem, they'll be able to correct it in a future update. I've used this program for years and this is the first time it's ever given me trouble. Anyhow if you should encounter similar problems the old VSO Image Re-sizer is still available.

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  • 4 stars

    "A very helpful tool for resizing photos"

    December 28, 2011   |   By 2ntenz

    Version: Light Image Resizer 4.1.1

    Pros

    Easy to use, can do multiple images at the same time, Have total control of resolution conversion, size changes in either percent, pixels, or inches.

    It is a software I use everyday and have recommended to others.

    Cons

    for those that don't work with photo images daily it would be nice to have a good Help section.

    Summary

    I have worked in the photo industry for over 38 years and I find this is a great software tool. In photography one basic rule that is adopted by many professionals is that you never make changes to the original images without first having a back-up. By having a back up of the photo you want to work on before making the change, should you not like the change you can delete it, make another back-up and start again. This saves a lot of heartache, no matter the software you use.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to use software"

    December 04, 2011   |   By flaldrider

    Version: Light Image Resizer 4.0.9.8

    Pros

    Works well and easy to use

    Cons

    can get confusing to use at time

    Summary

    Good product

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  • 4 stars

    "Lets me work with the big dogs"

    July 28, 2011   |   By taylormade7969

    Version: VSO Image Resizer 1.1

    Pros

    Great Program

    Cons

    yet to find one

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  • 1 stars

    "Avoid this program at all costs!"

    July 10, 2011   |   By Boofo131

    Version: Light Image Resizer 4.0.7.7

    Pros

    Works well enough for a no-frills light image resizer.

    Cons

    It is inundated with malware. With every new version they are adding more malware to install. The newest version 4.0.8.0 has a listing of items to install PLUS a toolbar. Be very careful when upgrading.

    Summary

    This was a program that had great potential that is now ruined by the company who bought it. They would rather alienate their customers with malware than a good solid program.

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