Graphics-Other Tools

Active GIF Creator
License: Shareware – $39.00 Last Reviewed: 2013-02-21
Version: 3.7 – Released: 2013-02-21 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 13.1 MB
“Active GIF Creator (AGIF) is a powerful, intelligible, compact and affordable tool for creating and optimization animated GIF- images, buttons, banners and other Web graphic that attract attention of your site visitors. With Active GIF Creator you can:
» make GIF and AVI- animations for the Web and presentation materials;
» make banners;
» make 2D and 3D buttons;
» make various graphic using effects and other program tools;
» add hidden signatures to GIFs to protect them from unauthorized use;
» develop creative imagination.”
Anchor Link Astronomy Daily Picture
License: Free Last Reviewed: 2012-06-10
Page updated daily
“Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.”
Anchor Link Cam2PC
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-05-24
Version: 4.6.2 – Released: 2012-05-24 Windows: 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista
File Size: 4.6 MB
“Cam2PC is a solution for digital camera owners that helps you transfer pictures to the PC and provides image viewing and management features. It also makes transfer of images from your camera easier by automatically creating folders and sub-folders based on date or description. It can optionally rename the files as well, either by date, ad incremental numbers and more. Once the images are transferred, it can immediately start a (full-screen) slideshow, open the built-in image browser, open the folder etc. Additional features include favorite folders, EXIF reader, image rotation, conversion and resize and more.”
Anchor Link ColorUtility
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-05-20
Version: 1.48 – Released: 2011-05-20 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 585 KB Requires: .NET Framework 3.5
“ColorUtility will tell you the real-color equivalent of hexadecimal and decimal color codes, and will also give you the hexadecimal color code of a real color. It features an RGB color chooser which is easy to use and a simple on-screen color picker. ColorUtility is now equipped with color filters, which will allow the user to create new colors instantly, and now also supports four (and growing) languages. It now also features color tools, such as the color combiner or the advanced random color tool. Manipulating colors has never been so easy!”
Anchor Link DVD Slim Free
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-27
Version: – Released: 2013-03-26 Windows: All
File Size: 5.1 MB Portable version available on-site
“DVD Slim Free is a small and easy to use application that allows you to quickly create and print covers.
“It allows you to print traditional covers for CDs, DVD, VHS, Blue Ray, Playstation Portable, PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox, Nintendo Wii, Standard and Mini-Disc Labels, and something completely new, can transform a standard cover in a 14 mm SLIM 7 or 9 mm and 5 mm even SLIM SOFT, scaling proportionally individual items.”
Anchor Link Easy Thumbnails
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-10
Version: 3.0 – Released: 2008-01-30 Windows: All
File Size: 1.0 MB
“Easy Thumbnails is a popular freeware utility for creating accurate thumbnail images and scaled-down copies from a wide range of popular picture formats. An elegant interface makes it a snap to find your images and select them for processing individually, in groups, or in whole folders, using a simple file selector and built-in image viewer. You can use slider controls to rotate images and adjust their contrast, brightness, sharpness and quality, and check out the results with a convenient built-in viewer.”
Anchor Link Foto-Mosaik-Edda
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2013-01-07
Version: 6.8.12318.1 – Released: 2012-11-13 Windows: All
File Size: 1.4 MB Portable version available on-site
“Foto-Mosaik-Edda enables you to create a mosaic picture, by using many small images as tiles, that are analyzed and arranged to match the overall pattern of the original. You can specify the size of the tiles, as well as the number each one should be repeated (if needed), and even crossfade the tiled version with the original to create a less abstract effect. The program uses an easy to use wizard that lets you select the tile files, as well as the image to create as mosaic. The tile images are scanned into a database and can be easily re-used for other projects. The more tile images you use, the better the results.”
Anchor Link Free 3D Photo Maker
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-07-05
Version: 2.0 – Released: 2010-07-05 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 16.6 MB
“Free 3D Photo Maker. Make 3D content yourself!
“The program is extremely simple in its usage. In order to create a 3D image, you need to take two shots of a still set object captured with a small horizontal shift. Usually the distance must be about 2-3 inches to have the right scene.
“Both shots are inserted into the program and next second a 3D image is created in the location which you define on your PC. Please note that in order to watch the output 3D picture it is necessary to use stereo anaglyph glasses.
Anchor Link GIF Construction Set
License: Shareware – $24.99 Last Reviewed: 2012-11-05
Version: 4.0a.22 – Released: 2012-11-05 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 18.3 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“GIF Construction Set Professional represents the state of the art in GIF animation software. It will assemble your original animations effortlessly through its Animation Wizard, squeeze them down to as close to nothing as possible with its Supercompressor; create eyecatching banners and animated transitions; manage your GIF files; add transparency to existing graphics and a lot more.
“The extensive documentation and tutorials included with GIF Construction Set Professional will get you up to speed in less time than it takes most elected officials to redefine the truth.”
Anchor Link Imagicon
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-09-15
Version: 4.4 – Released: 2010-09-15 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 1.46 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Imagicon is a graphics utility designed to convert multiple image files from BMP, JPG or PNG image formats into any of the following image formats (24-bit):
• Windows or OS/2 Bitmap (BMP)
• Independent JPEG Group (JPG)
• Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
• Windows Icon (ICO)
“Options are available to transform images and enable alpha transparency of icons. The interface window of Imagicon can be personalized with custom designs. The user can select to save icons with the following dimensions in pixels: 16 x 16, 32 x 32, 48 x 48, 64 x 64 and 128 x 128. Imagicon also features the ability to drag ‘n’ drop multiple images for faster processing.
“Full instructions are included with the software, explaining each of the possible settings and the function that they perform.”
Anchor Link Jpeg Enhancer
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-06-07
Version: 1.8 – Released: 2007-05-24
File Size: 5.3 MB
“As everyone knows, JPEG (.jpg) image compression doesn’t save all the information in an image. It compresses images to consume only a small amount of disk space (e.g., compared with .bmp), but also damages them with a ‘blotchy look’ and ‘JPEG artifacts’. Most graphics editors have JPEG as a default format. And almost all digital photo cameras save images in JPEG format.
“Jpeg Enhancer is a simple and extremely powerful program that lets you restore the images damaged by low-quality JPEG compression. It uses a unique technique that allows even novices to remove the so-called ‘JPEG artifacts’ and the ‘blotchy look’ from their images easily, quickly and effectively.”
Anchor Link Morpheus
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-10
Version: 3.16 – Released: 2012-05-27 Windows: All
File Size: 5.58 MB
“Morpheus is a graphics tool that lets you morph from one image to another. Two versions of the program are included; there is one for beginners and another for advanced users. Both versions support clean-looking interfaces and can open many popular types of images. You can save your morphs in Flash, animated gif, JPEG, AVI, BMP, and other formats. You can load any two pictures into the program’s viewer boxes and then drag and drop dots onto each image, creating the final morph. The more dots you place on the pictures, the smoother your end results will be.”
Anchor Link MycView
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-07-21
Version: 1.5.16 – Released: 2012-07-20 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 39 KB
“This program was developed at first to show automatically a slide show of all the pictures of a given directory in full screen mode on machines devoid of interfaces keyboard/mouse. In that case, no user operation is possible, that is why the program’s interface is minimal.
♦ Reading image format JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, DIB, RLE, PNM, EMF, WMF, ICO, CUR.
♦ Reading lists LST files, SLD (XnView).
♦ Automatic closing at the end of the slideshow with the parameter »/c».
♦ Display in a window or full screen with the key »f».
♦ Opening a new file with the keystrokes »Ctrl-O».
♦ Opening a new directory with the keystrokes »Ctrl-D».
♦ Number of loops defined with the parameter »/l».
♦ Number of seconds per image defined with the parameter »/s».”
Anchor Link Named Colors
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-06-10
“There are three entries for each color on the Named Colors table, the English name, the hexadecimal code, and a color block. These data can easily be copied to the clipboard.”
1. Click on the name text to copy the color name.
2. Click on the code text to copy the hexadecimal code.
3. Click on the color block to copy the three color decimal code (i.e., 255 105 180).
“I wrote this for personal use, and I can’t guarantee that it will work on all browsers with all operating systems. Feel free to save it for offline use.”
Anchor Link Picasa
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-06
Version: – Released: 2013-04-04 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 14.3 MB
“Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.
“Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures—you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello, and even post pictures on your own blog.”
Anchor Link PicturesToExe
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-30
Version: 7.5.8 – Released: 2013-04-29 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 13.9 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“PicturesToExe allows you to select images and compile them into a standalone EXE slideshow with transition effects, background music, personal comments and more. You can select images (JPG, BMP and GIF) from any combination of folders on your system and simply drag them into the slideshow. Options let you specify automatic or manual sequencing, timer interval, font and background properties, soundtrack (.mid, .wav, and .mp3 formats are supported) and more.”
Anchor Link Pixeur
Donationware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-10
Version: 3.2 – Released: 2009-07-18 Windows: All
File Size: 1.4 MB
“Never be curious about any color you see on your screen. With Pixeur you can easily view the color, RGB, Hex, and Long value of any color you see. Pixeur will also keep a history of all colors you have selected, so going back is as simple as choosing the color from the Color History list. The new Color Selector, Color Scheme, Advanced Color History tools, makes Pixeur a top in its class.”
Anchor Link PNG Features Introduction
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-06-10
Author: Greg Roelofs
“This page is intended to provide an explanation of some of the features of the PNG format for non-technical users. As such, it doesn’t emphasize PNG features like freedom from patents; those are more of concern to developers. Where programmer information is given, it is principally to explain to the user why various applications may not perform as well as expected. Where performance claims are made—especially compression comparisons with other image formats—we assume that the PNG implementation is at least as good as the best freeware encoders. Note that this is currently not necessarily a valid assumption in the case of a number of popular (and expensive) image editors, but it’s not always clear where the problem lies.”
Anchor Link Recover My Photos
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-09-12
Version: – Released: 2012-09-10 Windows: All
File Size: 13.9 MB
“Recover My Photos is powerful digital photo recovery software to recover deleted photos including JPEG, NEF, TIFF, BMP, MOV, MPEG and WAV. Works on Smart Media, Compact Flash, Memory Sticks, hard drives, floppy disks, Zip disks, USB drives. Can recover your precious photos even after your digital camera media has been formatted. You can fully preview photos before recovery.
“Most digital cameras do not wipe digital pictures from your storage media when you delete images or use the format command. If your digital camera storage media is corrupt and you get the message ‘Media is not formatted would you like to format now?’, lost picture recovery may still be possible. Recover My Photos searches your media at a low level to recover photos and display the deleted pictures.
“Recover My Photos works with many types of direct camera connections where your media card appears as a drive letter on your PC. If your camera is not displayed as a drive letter when connected to your PC you can use a digital camera card reader. Recover My Photos is fast and easy. No technical skill is required to recover deleted photos. It works for compact flash data recovery, smart media data recovery, memory card recovery, or other storage media including your PC hard drive. Program Features:
¤ Recover deleted, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, CRW, NEF, RAW and more;
¤ Recover from SmartMedia, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, USB, hard drive and more;
¤ Recovers photo deletions and formatted media cards;
¤ Will also recover movie and sound files such as AVI, MPEG, MOV and WAV;
¤ Preview recovered digital photographs with the download version;
¤ Recovery is fast and simple. Recovering photos is a 4 step process;
¤ Secure process. Does not write data to your storage media.”
Anchor Link TinEye
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2013-04-17
Page Last Updated: 2013-04-15
“TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks.
“The free version of TinEye at allows you to do up to 100 searches per day. If you exceed your search limit you may purchase a paid version of TinEye which allows for virtually unlimited search by pre-paid bundles.”
Anchor Link ZoomIt
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-10
Version: 4.2 – Released: 2011-05-03 Windows: XP, and above
File Size: 267 KB
“ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. I wrote ZoomIt to fit my specific needs and use it in all my presentations … Mark Russinovich
“ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows and you can use pen input for ZoomIt drawing on tablet PCs.”