Here’s my dilemma: I want to be able to resize images, but I am not a designer, I don’t need to do fancy designer-y things and I don’t want to shell out $650 for Photoshop or even $90 for Photoshop Elements. I feel the same way about Adobe Acrobat: I just want to create PDFs, not manipulate them or optimize them, and I don’t want to pay $280 for Acrobat (the full version, just the reader).
For the not-so-power-users like me, it doesn’t make sense to pay hundreds of dollars for programs that are overkill for my needs. Luckily, I’ve found a host of free (or ridiculously inexpensive) programs that are just right for my needs. Here’s a list of my favorites:
Gimp is an open-source graphics program. It’s a small download, easy to use, and it lets me resize images in three steps (select Scale, type your preferred image size, then press Scale). Since I write and post my own blog posts, Gimp lets me be self-sufficient and not bother the busy designers and webmasters at Matrix Group. Price: $0.
Neevia is a super-easy PDF creator that installs as a print driver. I can make PDFs out of anything, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint files and Web pages. All I do is press Print, select docuprinter, and enter the directory where I want the PDF saved. Price: $19 (less if you buy a site license)
Pearl Crescent is a free plug-in to Firefox that lets me take screenshots of any Web page. I can capture just the visible portion of the Web page or the entire page, even if it goes below the fold. The PNG files can be easily inserted into Word or Powerpoint files. Price: $0
Filezilla is a free and easy to use ftp (file transfer protocol) program that support secure ftp, the only way to connect to Matrix Group Web servers over ftp. I also use it to download large files from sites that offer ftp downloads of their software. Price: $0
I’d love to hear about your favorite free (or nearly free) software tools!