Need to correct colors, remove red-eye, or change the format of
an image? Don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars for Adobe
PhotoShop? ImageAnalyzer is freeware, and light, and it does many
functions that the big apps do.
I tested the automatic color correction in ImageAnalyzer, and it
worked pretty well–though I still preferred the Levels function in
Photoshop for fine-tuning. There’s a big difference between the
price of the free ImageAnalyzer and the many hundreds that
PhotoShop costs, though–and for quick-and-dirty correction of a
scanned photo or document, ImageAnalyzer works wonders.
Resizing is easy and quick, but I wish ImageAnalyzer had an
option to change the DPI of an image. For example, someone wanting
to modify a scanned image for the Web would change from 300 to 72
dpi while they’re resizing it. You can’t do that with
ImageAnalyzer. This seems like a particularly glaring omission.
Forum posts suggest the app author feels DPI is meaningless in a
practical context and image size is all that matters. DPI is
important for those printing physical books or merchandise, to use
two examples, so it would still be nice to have the option.
There’s a batch-processing plugin for ImageAnalyzer on the
vendor’s Web site, for performing tasks on a large number of
images, but this particular plugin is donationware. Send Meesoft
some money and grab this, and ImageAnalyzer becomes even more
useful–and Photoshop becomes even more unnecessary for the bulk of
your image processing work.
Other than the lack of DPI adjusting, ImageAnalyzer has a ton of
functionality for a free product. Since it takes up so little
memory and CPU, consider using it in place of Photoshop when RAM or
CPU usage is a concern. Or, if you can’t afford Photoshop,
ImageAnalyzer will do the trick for many important image