updated 05:34 pm EST, Mon February 3, 2014
Simple crop and resizing in a low-profile application
There are a host of utilities designed to be the be-all-end-all of image manipulation. Sometimes, though, you have a single need for a fast image crop, and there's no compelling reason to fire up a multi-gigabyte image editing suite like Photoshop. Yellow Mug software is no stranger to the single-purpose utility, and one of their apps that we've been examining is image resize and rotate tool EasyCrop.
Yellow Mug claims that the app consumes few system resources, and launches quickly. From an image-tailoring standpoint, it features a live preview, customizable image constraint settings both by dimension and by proportion, a built-in screen capture tool, and full drag-and-drop support.
Use is simple: drag an image into the left pane from a digital camera, website, or other source. Select some constraints that you may have pre-generated, such as size or proportions, and check the live-updating window on the right. A slider provides simple resizing with visual feedback, or a final pixel dimension may be entered instead.
Also selectable is file size or quality of the image, as well as a "sharpen" option for some rudimentary image work. Images can be rotated in increments as small as one degree, or with a single-click forcing a 45-degree shift in orientation.
We certainly can't complain about the claim of few resources demanded by the app made by the developer. While not a linear measurement of system resource consumption, the app's thread count is low -- Apple's Activity Monitor gives it a mere four threads, versus Steam at 39, iTunes at 31, and Messages at 22. Real memory utilized by the app peaked at 86.6MB when crunching a 22MP digital camera image. By comparison, Steam and iTunes memory consumption is measured in gigabytes.
All the staffers here at MacNN and Electronista have individual workflows. Some use simple OS-provided tools, and some skew toward industry standards. I take the middle road with EasyCrop. It won't remove dirt from a photo, or "zoom and enhance" like television purports all good image-editing software should, but it does what it says, without obfuscating the task with cascading menus and a bloated feature set.
Who is EasyCrop for?
Users with very simple image cropping and manipulation needs.
Who is EasyCrop not for?
Anybody looking for more than crop and rotation.