Resize It

January 27th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Here’s a short history lesson, bear with me. The first ever commercially available digital camera was the Kodak DCS-100. Kodak marketed this baby in 1991. It was supposed to be mounted on a Nikon F3 and had a whooping 1.3 megapixel resolution.

Sixteen years and hundreds of cameras later, the present digital camera industry can be described as a megapixel war among various manufacturers. Almost every year, digital cameras are being introduced armed with higher resolution and lots of features. In a world where web social sharing and networking, Internet communities and blogs are already predominant parts of the new communication culture, digital cameras such as these are short of becoming a necessity.

But with those massive megapixels, sharing photos on the Internet are becoming more of a challenge rather than an enjoyable experience. An 8MP camera will yield 3456×2304 resolution image which is too big for any forum, online community and even blog. You need to first resize the image somehow using independent image editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop.

However, today not all people are familiar or have the time to learn even the basics, including image resizing, of photo editing software. Fortunately, people now have another option and that is resizing their images by means web-based photo resizing tools such as . ResizR made things easier, cheaper and faster.

The website can resize any image loaded from a local computer or from the web. Once you uploaded the file, you can determine the size of the photo by using a slider or by entering corresponding pixel counts on a text field just below the slider. You can also rotate the image and set it into your desired orientation.

By pressing the button "ResizR" the image will be resized according your specifications. The site does have a couple of limitations. At present only JPEG images can be resized. This eliminates a whole bunch of other file formats. What you could do is use file conversion web tools like Zamzar or Media Convert to change the format into JPEG.

But this adds a whole series of steps, adding complication to what could have been a very simple task. It is, therefore, more convenient if ResizR has the options of resizing other image formats. Well, maybe in the near future they will have that feature. The bigger your image, the longer it will take for ResizR to change its dimensions.

When I put my 3.01MB image to the test, ResizR was able to resize the image into a 600×400 pixel image in approximately 3 minutes and 11 seconds. Not bad for a web based app. Resized photos can be save on your computer by right clicking the image and choosing Save Image or you could just drag ‘n drop the image to your desktop.

The last one I find kinda cool.Other sites that offer similar features include and Well, ResizR is still in beta so there might still be some improvements in the site’s design and functionality, although in my opinion the current site is already good. Simplicity is always the best for me.