PragtFotoManager utility

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Twenty years ago I bought my first digital camera and there were almost no programs to manipulate digital photo’s. So I wrote a little program to fit my needs and for a few years I even sold it. After a few years I decided to make it freeware and this is the last version I compiled. (Currently I cannot compile it anymore, so this is the final version). The program is in the Dutch language and there is no English version. PragtFotoManager is a small portable program that allows you to perform one or more operations on one or more (up to a maximum of 999) photos. The operations are: rename photos, resize photos, create thumbnails, save information from photo, create photo index pages and provide photos with a copyright text. (Watermark). You can perform these operations individually but also run them all at the same time. The program is especially useful when you need to edit large amounts of photos, for example for a website or sending by email. The program will not overwrite your original photos (except when renaming) but creates a copy of the photo with the desired operation. It is not a very modern program, but it still can be very useful. Regards, {-Hein Pragt}.

What kind of operations can it do?

1. Rename photos

Often you have many photos on your hard drive and the file names are not always clear. Most cameras number the photos with a fixed prefix. You can manually rename the photos, but that is often a time-consuming job. This program makes it is possible to select several photos and to provide them all with a meaningful name and serial number in one operation. You can enter the numbering prefix, start number, and interval. You can also adjust the order of the photos before renaming so that after renaming they form a logical whole. For example, when you edit your holiday photos, you can include the place and date in the name.

2. Resize photos

As the number of megapixels of cameras is constantly increasing, the photo files are also getting larger. When you want to send these photos by email or put them on a website, the files are often too large to send and much too large to display on a normal web page. If you put the photos on your web server in a large size but display them in a reduced size, you will consume a lot of bandwidth and your pages will load slowly. Resizing and optimizing photos will make your pages load faster. With the help of this program you can quickly and easily resize photos. You can reduce the photos to a number of standard sizes (800×600) (640×480) (320×240) or enter your own size. The photos will be re-sampled so that the resized photo remains of good quality. To prevent overwriting, the reduced copies will be placed in a subfolder named by the width and height of the format by default. So you can see at a glance what size the photos are in these subfolders.

3. Put copyright text on all photos

You can also automatically place a small (copyright) line of text on every photo when you are resizing, with a selected foreground and background color. This option is useful, for example, to include a copyright notice (watermark) in the photo. The position of this copyright text can be adjusted and you can also place this text in the border around the photo. This option is very useful when you use the want to publish photos on the Internet and clearly state your copyright.

4. Generate thumbnails

Thumbnails are extremely reduced images that can be included in a link on an internet site, for example. You can determine the maximum height and width yourself. The thumbnails will be written in a subfolder thumbs by default, you can adjust this setting yourself. When resizing, the width to height ratio of the original photo will be used. When you post photos on the Internet it is recommended to use thumbnails on the overview page and not the reduced size versions of the photo to make the page load faster and save bandwidth.

5. Convert to another file format

If you want to convert your photos to a different storage format, you can of course do this with a graphics program (such as Photoshop). When you have a large number of files to convert, it may take some time as you will need to open and re-open each file. Pragtfotomanager allows you to convert a large number of files to another file format at once. The input formats can be mixed JPG, GIF or PNG, the output formats are JPG, GIF and PNG.

6. Store EXIF data

Modern cameras save the settings of the photo as extra data (exif). You can make this exif data visible by loading the photo into Photoshop, for example. However, after editing in some programs this information is lost. Since it is important for a photographer to have this exif data such as aperture and shutter speed setting available in text form Pragtfotomanager saves this data in a text file. Pragtfotomanager can create a separate text file for each selected photo with the same name as the photo (extension TXT) where this information will be writtem in readable form. You can also choose to write all this information into one file.

7. Make index sheets

Some photo print centers provide an index sheet. It contains the thumbnails of all photos and the name of the photo. This is very useful when reordering. These index sheets are also very useful to manage your collection of photos. This program can automatically generate index sheets from the selected photos. You can determine the size of the index pages and the size of the thumbnails. The program itself will format it and calculate the number of thumbs per page.

All these operations can be performed separately, but also all at the same time. The program will save the last settings when exiting so that you do not have to re-enter all the settings every time.



This program is digitally signed with my own code certificate and it is trusted by Microsoft windows.

Download. (Version 1.21 2019)

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