Generate thumbnails and HTML indexes of images

About ImageIndexer:

ImageIndexer is a small utility that can generate thumbnail previews of images suitable for viewing on the World Wide Web. ImageIndexer creates thumbnails it saves as small JPEG images that are approximately 80x80 pixels. You can generate thumbnails for single images, or an entire directory of images. When thumbnailing entire directories, you may also have ImageIndexer generate an HTML index page that contains the previews linked to the original, hi-res images. You can customize many aspects of the HTML indexes and also the quality of the thumbnails.

Download ImageIndexer:

ImageIndexer requires Power Macintosh with at least 2 MB of available RAM and 1 MB of available hard disk space. You will need Mac OS 8.6 or later, QuickTime 2.5 or later, and CarbonLib 2.5 or later. See the enclosed ReadMe file for more information on using ImageIndexer.

Download ImageIndexer (approx. 36k)

How it works:

To create a thumbnail of a single image, simply drag the image onto the ImageIndexer icon in the finder, or choose "Create Thumbnail" from the "File" menu inside ImageIndexer to select a file. ImageIndexer will create a file in the same directory as the original image. It will have the same name as the original image but end with "-thumb.jpg". All previews are saved in the JPEG format.

To create thumbnails and an HTML index for an entire directory of images, just drag the folder on to the ImageIndexer icon in the finder, or choose "Index Folder" from the "File" menu inside ImageIndexer. Thumbnails will be generated and saved alongside the original images in the directory. An HTML page called "index.html" will be created to display the thumbnails. You can customize the look and name of this web page by changing the settings in the preferences dialog box.

ImageIndexer relies upon Apple's QuickTime software to read images of all kinds and generate and save the thumbnails. This functionality was introduced in QuickTime 2.5. Using QuickTime to handle all the image manipulation saved me lots of work and allowed this program to be very small (only 54k). Also, because it relies on QuickTime, it can create thumbnails for any type of image that QuickTime can open. As Apple updates QuickTime to read more image formats, ImageIndexer will automatically support them. A few of the types already available are PICT, GIF, JPEG, and BMP.

Future Enhancements:

The following is a list of features I am considering adding to future versions of this utility.

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The Fine Print:

The author hereby disclaims all warranties relating to this software, whether express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential, indirect or similar damages due to loss of data or any other reason, even if the author or an agent of his has been advised of the possibility of such damages. In no event shall the author be liable for any damages, regardless of the form of the claim. The person using the software bears all risk as to the quality and performance of the software.

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