ImBatch (image file utility)

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ImBatch (image file utility)

#1 Post by Midas » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:49 am

ImBatch is a reputed image file editor and converter with lots of functionalities -- acceptance of command line parameters deserves highlighting, for example; it can be easily (Uni)extracted, but sadly it stores it's settings at 'HKCU\Software\High Motion Software\ImBatch', making it non-portable...
  • [url]http://www.highmotionsoftware.com/products/imbatch[/url] author wrote:ImBatch is a free image processing tool for your Windows PC. With the help of ImBatch, users can perform a variety of complex image editing tasks; applying those changes to hundreds of images at once. Whether you’re looking to crop, resize, rotate, add/remove tags or convert image format, ImBatch provides users with dozens of editing tools.
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Latest ImBatch release (currently v3.6.0) changelog and download is at http://www.highmotionsoftware.com/downl ... er/imbatch.

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ImBatch

#2 Post by highmotion » Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:48 am

Hi!

I am a developer of ImBatch program. It is a batch image processing software for Windows. We added "Portable" installation type in the latest release and today one of our users suggested to submit ImBatch to portablefreeware.com. I read that I have to wait a week after registration to submit, but still have some questions.
My program is "Free for non-commercial usage", so I am in doubt - do you accept such programs? There are no actual limits in free version.
Also, the program is distributed as executable installation file now with the option of Portable installation, when all the preferences and configs are stored in the same folder where the main executable file is located. Is it OK or there should be a separate .zip file with all required files instead of the installation file?

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Re: ImBatch

#3 Post by I am Baas » Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:40 pm

Welcome to TPFC.

1. ImBatch was discussed before ... see http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/ ... 20&t=21925

2. There should not be an issue with the license; TPFC includes programs that are "Free for non-commercial usage".

3. A separate archive (.zip / 7-zip) for the portable version is preferable. The installer requires administrator privileges and leaves traces behind. Also, the Portable installation launches http://www.highmotionsoftware.com/produ ... h/thankyou and starts the program instantly upon completion. This should be users' choice.

4. I tested ImBatch v4.1.1.0 Not Portable

- Settings saved to \My Documents\High Motion Software\ImBatch
- Writes to the registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\High Motion Software\ImBatch\OpenList
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\High Motion Software\ImBatch\SaveList
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\High Motion Software\ImBatch

- "Check for updates automatically on start" is on by default
- "Image Monitor" requires admin rights

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Re: ImBatch

#4 Post by webfork » Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:52 am

highmotion wrote:I am a developer of ImBatch program
Thanks for your interest in putting together a portable version and for reaching out to us.
I am Baas wrote:ImBatch was discussed before ...
Thought that was familiar. Merged.

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Re: ImBatch (image file utility)

#5 Post by I am Baas » Sun May 01, 2016 8:27 pm

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Re: ImBatch (image file utility)

#6 Post by I am Baas » Sun May 01, 2016 8:39 pm

Tested ImBatch v4.8.0: Portable

Settings: \ImBatch\Options


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Re: ImBatch (image file utility)

#7 Post by webfork » Mon May 02, 2016 10:35 am

I am Baas wrote:Tested ImBatch v4.8.0: Portable
Thanks for following up on that. Moved to Submission.

Steps:
  • 1. Download setup file and uniextract to a temporary folder
    2. Copy contents of {app} to a folder of your choice
    3. Launch ImBatch.exe
Does anyone know if components are portable? ContextMenuEditor probably isn't but ImageMonitor.exe (essentially runs batch operations on a given folder) might be.

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Re: ImBatch (image file utility)

#8 Post by webfork » Sat May 07, 2016 11:20 am

Very nice. I'm so far very impressed by this program. Today I tested out the save-for-web feature with good results.

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FileOptimizer and PngOptimizer both were able to take it down even smaller but I work with a lot of screenshots and this does some things that RIOT can't (although RIOT is still great).

(The thumbnail above was generated with Postimage.org.)

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ImBatch 4.9.0

#9 Post by smaragdus » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:37 am

ImBatch at version 4.9.0, changes:
ImBatch v4.9.0
- Added Stroke task.
- Added option to turn on/off beep sound in the end of processing.
- ImageMonitor: added totally silent mode.
- Added replacing transparency with white color while saving into the format, that doesn't support transparency.
- 'Resize Canvas' task: added the option to fill new space with blurred image.
- 'Convert Colors' task: added ability to replace alpha channel with the specified color.
- 'Save As' task: fixed changing 'Common Folder' option after loading task list.
- 'Resize' task: fixed working 'Resize Type' option in Preview panel.
- Improved algorithm of the Deskew Text task.
- Fixed saving into DDS format with transparency.
- Fixed detection of the portable version by the path to the program.
- Fixed opening 'Save As' task.
- Fixed image size updating in Preview panel.

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Re: ImBatch 5.1.0 - nag-ware

#10 Post by smaragdus » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:18 am

ImBatch at version 5.1.0, recent changes:
ImBatch v4.9.1
- higher contrast for the task's parameters panel for better visibility and task separation
- fixed several minor issues
ImBatch v5.0.0
- Added multithreaded task list processing! In other words, ImBatch can work much faster now.
- Added Image Selection Tool.
- Added ability to sort images by all attributes.
- Added ability to save lossless transformations for JPEG (flips and rotations).
- Improved tooltip for images (more info plus large thumbnail).
- 'Watermark Text' task: improved text rendering with Anti-Grain Geometry library.
- 'Watermark Text' task: simplified access to font parameters.
- 'Watermark' task: fixed disabled state of task's interface.
- 'Rotate' task: fixed image sizes update for preview.
- Fixed script compiling.
ImBatch v5.1.0
- Added "Save In CMYK As" task.
- Added "Save To Animated GIF" task.
- "Save As" task: added extended configuration options for TIFF and DICOM formats.
- "Set Tag" task: added support of image and file attributes for the text tags.
- "Watermark Text" task: added the ability to wrap text.
- Added the ability to set templates for date/time tags.
- Selecting color from the screen: fixed work with multiple monitors.
- Selecting color from the screen: added the ability to cancel the color picking.
- Fixed a rare error that happening while simultaneously updating the preview and loading image for hint.
- "AutoCrop" task: fixed processing the preview.
- "Save As" task: spaces in the name are replaced by underscores.
- "Save As" task: fixed error when saving in multi-threaded processing.
- Image Monitor: fixed error on loading of the non existent folders on start.
ImBatch version 5.1.0 is nag-ware- at every start it shows a nag message "Command line functionality is limited in free version!", which cannot be disabled, screen-shot:

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This nag screen is something new- it does not appear in ImBatch version 5.0.0. I didn't investigate whether version 5.1.0 had introduced other nice undocumented surprises because I immediately reverted to version 5.0.0 so if you don't like nag screens don't update to version 5.1.0.

ImBatch Personal License is sold for $29.95 and only "Free minor version updates" are allowed.

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Re: ImBatch (image file utility)

#11 Post by webfork » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:57 pm

smaragdus wrote:... every start it shows a nag message
What a singularly useless message. What percentage of their users are even using command-line operations? Isn't the whole point of a batch interface to avoid getting your hands dirty on the command-line? It doesn't even have a "make this message go away" buy button.

Very odd.
smaragdus wrote:... greed
Part of me wonders if this is just one of those moments where the dev got one or two aggravating messages by unhappy users concerning command-line limits so they added a nagware element as sort of a middle finger to those specific users. Hopefully it goes away.

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Re: ImBatch 5.1.1 - no more nags

#12 Post by smaragdus » Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:32 am

ImBatch at version 5.1.1, changes:
ImBatch v5.1.1
  • Tag editor: Added the ability to copy XMP tag names and values to the clipboard
  • Removed that annoying message box sometime appeared on program start, sorry for that
  • Minor fixes in "Watermark Text" task
  • "Resize Canvas by Aspect Ratio" task: Added the ability to fill the background with the blurred source image, added background transparency setting.
  • "Resize Canvas" task: Fixed wrong blurred background with some specific options set.
  • "Save as Animated GIF" task: fixed delay time between the frames.
Removed that annoying message box sometime appeared on program start, sorry for that
This is a good news, ImBatch is usable again.
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Re: ImBatch 5.2.0

#13 Post by smaragdus » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:28 am

ImBatch at version 5.2.0, direct download link and changes:
ImBatch v5.2.0
  • Added "Gradient Paint" batch task.
  • "Curves" task: added the ability to save/load from Adobe Photoshop's curves files (*.acv).
  • Added the ability to turn on/off auto-rotating of images based on orientation tag information.
  • Added the ability to close Selection window by pressing ESC key.
  • "Save to PDF" task: fixed saving multiple images to the single PDF file.
  • Several minor fixes.

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Re: ImBatch 5.3.1

#14 Post by smaragdus » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:07 am

ImBatch at version 5.3.1, direct download link and latest changes:
ImBatch v5.3.0
  • Added Reflection task.
  • Added German translation.
  • 'Resize Canvas' task: added the ability to specify the size via the width and height.
  • 'Fill Color' task: added the ability to set the transparency for the filling.
  • Added command line options (/? and -?) to display help about ImBatch command line parameters.
  • 'Gradient Paint' task: fixed gradient reset.
  • 'Watermark' task: added localization of some controls.
  • 'Watermark' task: fixed the size of watermark border in the preview window.
  • 'Save As' task: fixed saving to ICO format.
  • 'Stroke' task: added the ability to create a border for images without transparency channel.
  • 'Fill Color' task: fixed fill of images with semi-transparency.
  • Replaced some non-Unicode function calls to Unicode versions of the functions.
  • Fixed displaying of the "Add pages" form.
  • ImageMonitor: fixed subdirectory scanning, if the mask is not *
  • Fixed writing to the log.
ImBatch v5.3.1
  • 'Remove EXIF/IPTC Tags' task: Added the ability to remove XMP tags or full meta-information from JPEG images without recompression (lossless).
  • ImageMonitor: Added the ability to show error messages in a tray in stealth mode.
  • Added Japanese GUI translation.
  • Added the ability to keep the original file date/time of the processed images
  • Replaced some non-Unicode controls to Unicode version.
  • Fixed saving tags into JPEG files with unicode names. The tags are saved with URF8 encoding now
  • Increased the default quality level for JPEG.

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Re: ImBatch 5.3.2

#15 Post by smaragdus » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:10 pm

ImBatch at version 5.3.2, direct download link and latest changes:
ImBatch v5.3.2
  • added Dutch, Arabic, and Brazillian Portuguese translations
  • added logging of FTP errors
  • fixed issue with Move/Rename file to the same file name
  • fixed big preview popup appearance in the image list
  • several minor fixes

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