Need similar program to Kodak EasyShare

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Alex Ethridge

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I have a need for a program similar to Kodak Easy Share. We would use Easy Share; but, it will not install on our system and Kodak cannot help.

For those who might not know, this is a program that is supposed to aid a computer-challenged persion in sizing down a photograph to send as an e-mail attachment.

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If you can get the images on your computer without Easy Share there are plenty of freeware programs that will do that for you. I have plenty of hotshot (read expensive) imaging programs, but use Irfanview as my primary viewer and would probably use it to do a simple resize of an image. www.irfanview.com

Since I know you are anything but “computer-challenged” I take it you want it for someone else. Irfanview doesn’t have a specific “save for web” or for e-mail, but it is easy to size a photo. There are choices to make in Irfanview but they aren’t difficult and would likely be a lot better than anything automatic.

For a single image: Image>Resize/Resample. Select 640 X 480 pixels. If you want to mail a smaller image make sure “Preserve aspect ratio” is checked and just type in a width or height. The program defaults to the Lanczos filter, but make sure it is checked as you get much better quality. You only have to check preserve aspect ratio and the filter once and it should stay that way. “Save as” to an e-mail folder and you can attach the images to e-mails. Make sure to not “Save” as that will replace your original image with a smaller one.

You can go File>Thumbnails and make thumbnails of an entire folder. You can hold the Ctrl key while you select the images you want to mail and batch resize just them all at once to an e-mail folder. Once you do that you can open that folder and rotate any that are on their sides – or do that as a batch as well.

You usually e-mail images as JPG. JPEG is the same thing. JPG is also what comes from your camera, so any imaging program will likely default to saving them again as JPG. There are quality selections for compression with JPG files. Irfanview defaults to quality 8 – it is on a 12 scale. You could go as low as 6 and still might get acceptable quality and a smaller file to send. In Irfanview it is under “Options” in your save or save as box.

Here are some simple instructions for a single image: http://www.babiesonline.com/members/irfanview.asp I would learn to use the batch capabilities and do them all at once if you want to send several at once. There might be a simple freeware that has a “save for e-mail” function. You might look at the “export optimizer” in this very nice freeware: http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/serif/ph/ph5/index.asp?ref=&SP=
 
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