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Old 02-21-2006, 07:06 AM   #1
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What is the best way to resize photos and save them with the file name of your choice on a mac?
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Old 02-21-2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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The best way? I don't know if I can answer that.

Maggie, as I recall you have a fairly new iMac. Are you trying to use iPhoto?

Personally, I use a "light" version of PhotoShop. I think the latest is called PhotoShop Special Effects.

I find iPhoto frustrating...
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Old 02-21-2006, 12:09 PM   #3
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What is the best way to resize photos and save them with the file name of your choice on a mac?
Maggie, thanks for asking.

It is really easy peasy on a Mac with iPhoto.

In iPhoto go to >> File Import >> find your image on your Mac.

In your Album, Click once on the photo (do not open). Go To: File >> Export >>
(see dialog box)

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Set your sizes and select “.jpg” Format (500 px wide is good for this website.)

I have it drop it on my Desktop so it is easy to find and add to the website.
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Old 02-21-2006, 12:22 PM   #4
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Option 2 to resize and edit photos is Graphic Converter if you don’t have PhotoShop.

This is very inexpensive Shareware and the Gold standard for great shareware programming.

GraphicConverter 5.8

About GraphicConverter Mac X & Classic

GraphicConverter X/Classic converts pictures to different formats.
Also it contains many useful features for picture manipulation.

Key features of GraphicConverter X/Classic:

* Native version for the upcoming Intel-Macs (New!)
* Operator for quick image enhancement
* Imports about 190 graphic file formats
* Exports about 79 graphic file formats
* Browser
* Batch conversion with additional actions
* Slide show
* Easy creation of optimized images for the internet
* Basic images manipulation
* Enhanced images manipulation
* AppleScript support
* Support for the special features of Mac OS 8, 9 and Mac OS X and optimized for G4 and G5
* Support of new technologies like the JPEG2000 format

Cost $30


I hope this helps.
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Maggie, thanks for asking.

It is really easy peasy on a Mac with iPhoto.

In iPhoto go to >> File Import >> find your image on your Mac.

In your Album, Click once on the photo (do not open). Go To: File >> Export >>
(see dialog box)

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Set your sizes and select “.jpg” Format (500 px wide is good for this website.)

I have it drop it on my Desktop so it is easy to find and add to the website.
So you're saying you "import" it to iPhoto (from your mac) and then you "export it" to your mac's desktop?



No wonder I couldn't figure it out!
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So you're saying you "import" it to iPhoto (from your mac) and then you "export it" to your mac's desktop?



No wonder I couldn't figure it out!
Yep, you need to “Import” into an Album to make it available. If you don’t have a working album, create a new empty Album, then import into it.
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Thanks so much for the replies. Any thoughts on graphic converter versus photo shop?
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Old 02-21-2006, 10:32 PM   #8
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Thanks so much for the replies. Any thoughts on graphic converter versus photo shop?
PhotoShop is by far the finest program you can use. It is expensive (several hundred dollars) and very powerful. I used it for years earning a living doing image editing for a high-end, full color, offset, printer.

Graphic converter is really powerful and does everything you would need for posting on the web. It is not the image editing power house that Photoshop is. I have not used the light version of Photoshop and so can’t comment on that.

iPhoto is free and comes with OS-X.
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Old 02-22-2006, 11:57 AM   #9
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Hey Mike,
Iphoto actually works if you press all the right buttons! Amazing. I am very happy. Thank you!
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Old 02-22-2006, 12:42 PM   #10
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Iphoto actually works if you press all the right buttons! Amazing. I am very happy. Thank you!
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I have used all three of the tools mentioned for Macs.

I installed Graphic Converter for my parents, on a OS 9 machine which had no other suitable tool; it's fine but I think most OS X users would be more comfortable with something that has a look and feel more consistent with the iLife applications (which are generally quite functional) for simple tasks like preparing photos for FiberglassRV posting. For Windows users, Irfanview is somewhat similar to Graphic Converter, and I think it is very good; it is what I use for my posted images.

When my parents went to OS X, they switched to iPhoto, which I believe was appropriate for their purposes. It is primarily an album tool, rather than a photo file manipulation tool like Graphic Converter. I found the export feature less than entirely obvious on my first try, but ended up (I think) with the method which Mike provided; it works fine for the purpose of sizing a photo for posting.

I don't think the iLife stuff is actually free - it's just that you don't buy a Mac OS without buying the computer, and iLife comes bundled with it. Patches are free but major releases (which seem to occur annually) have a cost. When you buy an OS upgrade (another almost annual experience), you may or may not get an iLife upgrade with it.

The full Photoshop product is the gold standard in photo editing, and is massive overkill for most people. I have paid the several hundred dollars for a copy which we run on a Mac. Apple is now promoting their Aperature as an alternative product, at a similar price; it is part of their Pro lineup, and not intended to replace iPhoto. Most people find Photoshop too difficult to use on a casual basis, because there are so many features that the interface is necessarily complex. I wouldn't suggest to anyone that they use this class of product unless they are seriously interested in imaging.

A few years ago, Adobe effectively replaced the old PhotoDeluxe and Photoshop LE with Photoshop Elements; there are now "Elements" versions of a few Adobe products. Photoshop Elements uses much of the core of the real Photoshop, and is a surprisingly powerful tool for the price. I have only used the PC version, but there is a Mac version, and if I had to start from scratch again with a Mac I would seriously look into this for more advanced photo manipulation than iPhoto.
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Wow! I really appreciate your response, Brian. It has put things into perspective. I was really glad to find some way to post photos without buying anything. I still had the feeling I was going to have to add some software. I like this new mac, but I do miss irfanview. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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I was rumaging around Version Tracker and found this
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/13242

It is Shareware and cost $15 if you chose to keep it. I downloaded it and used it in free mode.

It is very easy and works easily.
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