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Linux Format - - LXFHOTPICKS -

There was a time when this hum­ble reviewer was banned from their Gmail ac­count for ‘sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity’ for a cou­ple of days, al­though they had only sent pho­tos in a col­lec­tion of emails. There were less than 100 pho­tos. Clearly, Google be­lieved that no­body trans­ferred their hol­i­day shots via email any­more in the 21st cen­tury, and even though we heartily dis­agree, we should have thought to re­duce the size of those pho­tos be­fore at­tach­ing them.

Either way, most Linux users some­times need to re­size images in order to make their size smaller, or to com­ply with re­quire­ments of a par­tic­u­lar web site or cloud ser­vice. Nor­mally we can use the mo­grify com­mand from ImageMag­ick, which works just fine and has many built-in fea­tures other than just re­siz­ing. But in­stead you can choose to use Imgp, a stand­alone com­mand line util­ity that’s able to quickly re­size, ro­tate and con­vert images. The ben­e­fits be­come clear once you run some­thing like $ imgp –x 50% in your di­rec­tory with test images. Imgp works in­cred­i­bly fast, leav­ing its com­peti­tors far be­hind.

Un­der the hood, Imgp is pow­ered by mul­ti­pro­cess­ing, an in­tel­li­gent adap­tive al­go­rithm, re­cur­sive oper­a­tions, shell com­ple­tion scripts, EXIF preser­va­tion and other op­ti­mi­sa­tions that to­gether make it work blaz­ingly fast. When launched with­out ar­gu­ments ( $ imgp ), it shows a con­cise yet very help­ful de­scrip­tion of all pos­si­ble op­tions. De­pend­ing of what you need to do, you can use Imgp to down- or up­scale images to a spe­cific size in pix­els (for ex­am­ple, cre­ate thumb­nails), ro­tate, re­move EXIF meta­data, con­vert PNG to JPG, set the out­put qual­ity and more. Granted, Imgp isn’t as pow­er­ful as other fully fledged im­age con­vert­ers such as Mo­grify, but its main goal is per­for­mance. The re­sult will be even more no­tice­able with heavy loads, like han­dling gi­ga­bytes of images on a pro­duc­tion server, or man­ag­ing a photo li­brary. Imgp is the ideal re­place­ment of most cur­rent PNG thumb­nail­ers and we be­lieve that it’ll soon be­come a part of many other imag­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

“Imgp works in­cred­i­bly fast, leav­ing all its com­peti­tors far be­hind”

Imgp works too fast to let you enjoy that freshly brewed cup of tea while your images are re­sized!

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