Digital photography has destroyed my sense of photo composition. Back in the day, when film and processing cost real money, I would compose the scene before shooting the photo.
In the digital age all I have to do is point and shoot. Composition? In the digital age of photography, composition is now cropping. Processing is now editing. iPhoto does a little of both. These five apps do it faster or better. Not both.
Click To Crop, Crop, Crop, Or More
Cropping photos is easy until you have to do something special. iPhoto makes it easy to crop to nearly any size. One photo at a time. What if you have 20 photos? Or many dozens of photos that need to be resized, cropped to a specific size.
Kick iPhoto to the curb. That’s an effort you don’t want.
You could use a heavyweight app like Photoshop. It’s expensive overkill but with automations it works. So does GraphicConverter. Tools abound, including batch editing, cropping, resizing.
The high end options have healthy learning curves and an expensive to match. What’s left? What you want is an inexpensive Mac app that crops or resizes multiple photos for less.
ResizeMe – Simple, sweet and free. ResizeMe is a batch image editor with a few extra features. Scale, crop, rotate, flip and convert (.jpg, .png, pdf, .tiff, .psd and more). It also does drop shadows, watermarks, and reflections.
Sizerox – Many more features, options, and preferences comes with a price tag, albeit nominal. Sizerox also resizes, crops, renames, rotates, watermarks, and does it on hundreds or thousands of images.
Click 2 Crop – A completely different metaphor and more features is Click 2 Crop. This one is more of a photo editor than a simple cropping tool.
Click 2 Crop does batch editing, eliminating a bunch of steps, while automating the changes. The cropping tool is more precise than iPhoto, but with plenty of additional settings—from sharpen to text to borders to aspect ratio adjustments.
BiggieSmall – More limited in scope is the three step approach in BiggieSmall. Add images, choose the output resolution, click export, choose a destination folder, and wait for BS to do the work.
ImageTricks – Free is good when it comes to features.
ImageTricks has more image editing features to stylize photos. It crops, changes colors, adds effects, but it doesn’t batch. The pro version adds more features, and quite a few are not in iPhoto.
Kroper for Mac – This one makes the list because it’s the easiest to use, but does the least. In this case, free is paying for what you get. Kroper crops. It’s drag and drop. Drag the image onto Kroper. Select an aspect ratio or one of the presets. Click and you’re done. No fuss, no mess, easy, and free.
All of these Mac apps are limited in scope and not designed to compete with Photoshop or GraphicConverter or other apps loaded with features. They do more quickly what iPhoto can, and often in batches, which saves time.