I am sure at some point in time, you must have felt the need for a handy batch image processor especially when dealing with large number of images which need to be edited with the same set of settings and tweaking. Tinuous might be the app which exactly fits the bill.
Tinuous packs the right amount of essentials
Okay, we will agree on a common ground that the default interface of Tinuous doesn’t inspire anything. But it is not too clunky either and definitely would not come in the way of our job.
To begin with, you will need to set your default input and output folders from the left pane. Well, this is perhaps the only clunky part in the UI of Tinuous. If you want to change the output folder to anything apart from the input folder you have to right click the desired folder in the left tree and set it as the output folder. Not so convenient to say the least.
In the General tab, you can rename images with the ability to specify the string position of the output files as well as change the output image format.
Tinuous lets you control the compression levels while saving and it depends on the your output image format (as expected you can not change the compression settings for the BMP format). You can do some basic image transformations, like Rotate, Sharpen or Crop as well.
Sadly though, Tinuous does not let you specify your own custom resolution for images, over-riding the aspect ratio. You can also delete the input images once you are done with them.
As you might have guessed, you can not select individual files directly. To do that, once you have selected the input folder you can pick the images you want to edit in the Individual tab. You can preview the images as well.
The Advanced tab is where the most impressive features of Tinuous reside. You can adjust the Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation of images. This comes very handy when your camera is dull or too bright. You can also control the bit depth of the output image files.
You can specify your default input and output file location in the Options tab. But we wouldn’t always be specifying our input files from the app itself and would often wish to do that from the Explorer. Thankfully, the developers have thought of that, and let you integrate Tinuous in the “Send to” menu of the shell.
Interestingly, Tinuous’s functionality could be expanded by the use of plugins. But I could not locate much info about it on the software’s site, though.
The conversion process seemingly takes a while as Tinuous preserves the original resolution by default. Upon setting 5 8MP images for batch rename with few brightness and contrast tweaks, the app almost took a couple of minutes to process them completely.
Windows can sometimes throw “not responding” error. Just don’t panic; wait till the entire process is completed
All in all, Tinuous is a very light and handy batch image processor for Windows with almost negligible download size and resource usage. A definite keep on your PC. Tinuous works on Windows XP and above.
Download: Tinuous [785 KB]