Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Monday, March 19, 2018


Windows 8.1's built in photo editing app allows the user to straighten, colour correct, fix red eye, add funky effects, crop, and improve much more. All in all, it's incredibly useful. One thing it doesn't do is resize - not crop, but resize a photo. If you are working on the road, and want to throw up a few photos onto your blog, or email them, you are stuck with struggling with high rez photos that are too large and unwieldy.

A number of apps are available that claim to resize but in testing a few of them, they confuse cropping with resizing. It's not the same thing. If you want to resave in a lower resolution, you are stuck. Fotor is one of the best, and the developers understand the difference.

FFoto app for 8.1otor offers the usual list of touchup tools, but a the bottom of the list is the "SAVE" button. Tap that and you can resave the photo in a lower resolution and manually set the dimensions. You can downsize any photo in seconds and whip it off in your email without worrying about it bogging down.  If you are so inclined, you can use the collage and slideshow features, but the resizing option is what sets this app aside.

 The price is right to - it's free.  Fotor is available for the following platforms: iPhone, Android, Win 8 (and 8.1), Mac and other flavours of Windows.




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Catpaw with a pint & a typical bad haircutTime for a new look - the venerable cat on a postage stamp is now retired. As much as I loved him, it was time for a face lift - bad haircut & all. 

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