Using PIXResizer

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Displaying your images on the web requires making your images web friendly.  This means reducing image size to something that won’t eat up bandwidth and choke the web site when being downloaded.  Using images right out of the camera is out of the question.  Even at the lowest quality the originals are way too big to be used online.
This means that your original images will need to be processed to make them web accessible.  The trick is to minimize size while maximizing quality.  There are a number of applications that can do this job.  The most notable (and probably the most expensive) are Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop.  As great as both of these applications are they have some drawbacks.  Notably, both are somewhat difficult to navigate (especially for a person not familiar with the Adobe paradigm) and both are quite expensive.
There are some open-source, free alternatives which will do just as good a job as Adobe.  The simplest and easiest application that I found is PIXresizer by Bluefive Software.
What makes PIXresizer a great option is that resizing images is the only thing that it does.  Unlike some of the more costly alternatives, PIXresizer doesn’t have any other function beyond maximizing image size for the web.
Click below to watch a  short screencast I made that walks you through the process of using PIXresizer.