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   Last updated: March 29, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Image2Go - User's Guide

 

Mac software Image2Go

 

 

FavIcon

FavIcon, as the name suggests, it will let you create fav icons (aka favorite icons).  All you have to do is drag and drop one or more square-ratio (greater than or equal to 16 x 16 pixels) image files.

 

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-18

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-19

 

 

xTIFF

It's not widely known, but TIFF can be a container format.  And xTIFF will let you extract images of different sizes out of a TIFF container file.

 

Crop

Crop...  Right, the name says it all.  This function will let you crop a portion of the images.  If you think you can do it with AppleScript, think again.  If you use AppleScript or Terminal (sips), the cropped area will be taken at the center of the image, which a lot of people may not find it convenient.

 

 

Mac software Image2Go

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Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-21

 

 

Crop will let you decide at which corner (top-left, top-right, bottom-left or bottom-right) you want to define a crop area.  We find this component very useful because we often use a desktop area of 1,200 x 900 taken at the top-left corner when we write User's Guide.  Right...  You can do it with Preview, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop...  But how long does it take?

 

 

Mac software Image2Go

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By the way, if you don't know what to choose from the Color depth pull-down menu, you may probably want to set it to 32 bits.  If you are dealing with JPEG or other formats that do not involve alpha transparency, choose 32 bits as well, if it's in fact 24 bits.

 

Stamp

Stamp is a new feature that comes with Version 1.1.  It'll allow the user to watermark any number of image files at at time.  In a sense, this feature is a reduced version of WatermarQue Plus.  However, it can also be more useful than WatermarQue Plus, depending on your needs.

Unlike other components, Stamp is very complicated.  So it could not be installed under a tab menu.  Therefore, it can also be accessible through Toolbar menu.  In order to use it, click on Stamp on the Toolbar menu.  (See Screenshot 4-23.)

 

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-23

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-24

 

 

As shown in Screenshot 4-24, when you start with Stamp, the main window will hide itself, and new windows will show up.  The top one is called Properties, where you configure watermark settings.  The other window is called Graphic Viewer, which is used to see what a sample picture will look like when it's watermarked.  When it first starts, it'll always open with the default picture.  If you want to use your own image as a sample picture, drag and drop a graphic file directly onto Graphic Viewer.  (See Screenshot 4-25.)

If Stamp is a reduced version of WatermarQue Plus, that's partly because you cannot choose any text color you would want.  Exploring the drop-down menu next to 'Text color,' there are currently 15 default colors available.  (See Screenshot 4-26.)  And watermark text will change in real time whatever you do.  However, it will not appear until you configure a font, text color, text size and other fundamental settings.

 

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-25

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-26

 

 

Stamp will let you choose any of the four basic positions of watermark text.  Explore the pull-down menu next to Position, and if you choose any of them except the top one, the position of the watermark text will change in real time on Graphic Viewer.  The best part is that you don't have to worry about the coordinates of the watermark text.  If the position is set to Bottom-right, for example, Stamp will automatically adjust watermark position for each image file accordingly regardless of its dimensions.  (See Screenshots 4-27 and 4-28.)

 

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-27

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-28

 

 

Finally, if you want to save settings, choose Save under File.  (See Screenshot 4-29.)  If you do so, when you use Stamp next time, Image2Go will automatically load them for you.  Any if you are ready to batch-stamp a short sentence on multiple image files, click on Export.  (See Screenshot 4-30.)  This button will not become accessible if any of the settings (text, font, text color, position, text size) is missing.  And it will become accessible in real time whenver you are ready.

 

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-29

 

Mac software Image2Go

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What awaits you next is more settings, familiar ones from other components, which Image2Go needs to know in deciding where to generate watermarked files.  Currently, there are 6 export formats available.  (See Screenshot 4-31.)  And you can save these settings by pressing Command + S just as before.  And you will see them as they are whenever you open this window.  Finally, if you are ready to watermark image files, make sure that you have the Ready sign shown below the drop box.  Then drag and drop any number of image files onto the drop box.  (See Screenshot 4-32.)

 

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-31

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-32

 

 

As shown in Screenshot 33, again, if you choose Bottom-right as the position of watermark text, regardless of image dimensions, Image2Go will stamp the mark at the bottom right corner.  It's so neat, isn't it?

 

 

Mac software Image2Go

Screenshot 4-33

 

 

 

 

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