I recently delivered some training to a local school on the popular open source virtual learning environment Moodle. For those who are unfamiliar, Moodle is like a content management system, but geared towards education. It allows teachers to create courses, lessons, quizzes and much more.
The process of uploading and inserting images into courses is very simple. The problem is that images downloaded, scanned or taken with digital cameras can be very large. This means that they take a very long time to upload and download.
Images need to be resized to a “web suitable” size prior to being uploaded. So what if you have a folder of 100 images to resize? Schools often don’t have the relevant software to resize images on their computers and teachers usually don’t have the priveledges to install software themselves. This is where Picture resizer is invaluable.
Picture resizer is a simple executable file that can be downloaded freely from this website (http://www.rw-designer.com/picture-resize). It doesn’t need to be installed and is very simple to use. Simply download the file, then:
1) Right click on the file and choose rename
2) Change the number in the file to the width that you want your image/images to be. E.g If you want your images to be 400 pixels wide you would call the file PhotoResize400.exe. If you wanted your images to be 200 pixels wide you would call the file PhotoResize200.exe
3) Finally, drag the image or a selection of images onto the photo resize file and let the magic happen!
Your image/images will be duplicated and the new ones will be the width that you specified in step 2.
More detailed instructions, with screenshots can be found on the tool’s website, so please visit http://www.rw-designer.com/picture-resize for more information.