CoffeeCup PixConverter is a free and approachable application that facilitates file type conversion in batch mode for photos. It offers support for JPEG, GIF, PCX, PNG, BMP and TIF file extensions, for both input and output.
The tool lets you correct the picture rotation and it contains predefined output settings to prepare files for uploading on websites (including Flickr and auction sites), emailing, and CD burning. Plus, it can create thumbnail HTML pages with custom properties.
Clear-cut installation and interface
After a brief setup operation that shouldn't give you any trouble, you are welcomed by a user-friendly interface made from a large frame with a neatly structured layout, where you can add image files or entire directories, as well as view the name, format and full path of each entry in the list.
The pictures can be rotated by 90 degrees in any direction and previewed in their full size, while modifications can be overwritten to the original file.
Configure output settings for image conversion
When it comes to output preferences, you can select the preferred file type or keep the original format, tweak the quality level, resize the images to a custom width and height or select a preset (e.g. medium, handheld), as well as allow CoffeeCup PixConverter to shrink the images if necessary but not to increase their resolution (to maintain quality). Moreover, you can edit the color depth to custom or preset values (e.g. 24-bit, 8-bit, 1-bit). Settings can be restored to default.
Customize preferences to generate HTML thumbnail tables
In order to create an HTML thumbnail table, you can choose a file name and format (HTML or HTM), edit your website URL, as well as customize table properties regarding the alignment, number of rows and columns, padding, border size, along with table border and background color.
Several image parameters can be tinkered with, like the thumbnail width (in pixels), alignment, format (only JPG or GIF), and whether or not to link them to the full-sized images and to create smaller version of the originals. You can use lowercase file names and show image file names, sizes and resolutions.
In the following stage, it's possible to personalize page properties concerning the colors for the background and text, together with standard, visited and active links. Furthermore, you can enable or disable link underline, add hover with color, as well as edit the page heading, comment, title, font, and output directory for creating the HTML directory structure and files. The resulted project can be launched in the default browser on task completion.
Evaluation and conclusion
The tool carried out image conversion jobs swiftly in our tests, during which it remained light on system resources consumption. It created quality pictures and seamlessly generated HTML thumbnail tables.
To wrap it up, CoffeeCup PixConverter provides users of any level of experience with advanced, yet intuitive options for converting images in bulk and generating HTML thumbnails. Plus, it's freeware.