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BBFileScout 1.1 Lets You Resize Images!!!

013_FileDetails The awesome donationware/free utility BBFileScout has been updated to version 1.1 and adds an awesome feature. The app now lets you resize pictures and set a target resolution like 800px or 640px. The app is free to download but the developer is asking users to donate as much as they think the application is worth.

What’s new?

  • New Function: Resize Images — Over the past couple of years, the file size of photos has increased rapidly due to the “Megapixel War”. This can make sending image files from your BlackBerry® device quite expensive (for metered data plans) and time consuming.BBFileScout v1.1 now allows you to resize images to a user selected resolution — this will save you time, money, & also saves device or microSD memory! In a completely new ‘Image Option’ section, this new functionality can be user configured as follows:
    1. Select the target resolution [1200px, 1024px, 800px, 640px, device resolution]
    2. Select if the source file should be deleted after the resize image is created
    3. Select PNG or JPG output
      and
    4. If JPG is selected, also choose the JPEG-quality
  • New Option: Show favorites at startup [General Options]
  • URL’s in BBFileScout about dialog will open the browser and bring you instantly to the website

You can read more at this link or download the app OTA here.

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  1. Your OTA link takes me to version 1.0.1, not 1.1. Typo or bad link?

  2. http://www.emacberry.com/ota/BBFileScout.jad
    This is the link in the email they sent out

  3. Now, that rocks. I was considering using BBOS 5.0’s beta, just for this feature. I also considered writing an app, just to do resizing.

    The only thing different that I was going to do in my app was also allow the user to enter a specific size. Why? Well, if you go to some websites, they let you have avatars that are 100×100 pixels or 50×50 pixels; I would like to shrink pictures to any size.

    • Just so you know, I am running BBOS v4.6.0.282, and it works fine on that. Lots of apps working strangely on 5.0; that scares me; I wonder if 5.0 will break a lot of existing apps.

      I would guess that RIM is making dramatic changes to the API’s, and they are not backward compatible. Who knows?

  4. I tell you one more thing that would be nice. Since you are already working with graphics methods, maybe this won’t be that difficult. Let us assume that a user has two JPG (or PNG) files. The user highlights them in the file picker interface. If exactly two picture files are highlighted in the file selector, the [brand new] Horizontal Merge and Vertical Merge menu items become visible.

    If the pictures were the same height, it would be easy to merge them horizontally. Similarly, if the pictures were the same width, it would be easy to merge them vertically. Let’s just say all the pictures are 200×200 pixels, for fun.

    Example: Horizontal Merge
    1. [In code], create a new Bitmap object, that is (2X width, or 400) pixels wide, by (1X height, or 200) pixels high.
    2. Copy the bits from the first picture, and draw them into the left section of the Bitmap.
    3. Copy the bits from the second picture, and draw them into the right section of the Bitmap.
    4. Name and save the file.

    Example: Vertical Merge
    1. [In code], create a new Bitmap object, that is (1X width, or 200) pixels wide, by (2X height, or 400) pixels high.
    2. Copy the bits from the first picture, and draw them into the top section of the Bitmap.
    3. Copy the bits from the second picture, and draw them into the bottom section of the Bitmap.
    4. Name and save the file.

    What does this give us? The ability to make a collage of pictures.

    See, in eBay, when you list items, they will give you one JPG picture free. They don’t specify how large that picture can be. However, if you upload more than one picture, they charge you more money. As a result, when I list an item, I take multiple pictures and make a collage in Paintbrush on my PC – I’m thrifty. The resultant image is very wide and tall, but I have multiple pictures in it, and I pay nothing extra to have multiple pictures.

    If I had this picture merge ability, I could do all of the following:
    1. Take 6 pictures of an object for sale on eBay. Say, an old, outdated iPhone, that cannot multi-task.
    2. Using BBFileScout, I could make the pictures all the same size (100×100).
    3. Using BBFileScout, I could horizontally merge two pictures, pic1.jpg + pic2.jpg, into a new picture file: merge1.jpg.
    4. Using BBFileScout, I could horizontally merge two pictures, merge1.jpg + pic3.jpg, into a new picture file: merge2.jpg. Now, I have a picture that is 3 pictures wide.
    5. Do this process again, for the other three pictures: pic4.jpg, pic5.jpg and pic6.jpg. Now, I have two very wide pictures, called merge2.jpg and merge4.jpg.
    6. Finally, using BBFileScout, I could vertically merge those two very wide pictures, merge2.jpg + merge4.jpg, into a new picture, called OutdatediPhoneForeBay.jpg.

    Done! I simply upload that picture to eBay, when creating a listing, as my one free picture.

  5. Tried downloading but won’t work, I’m running 5.0.0.130. Trying a Battery pull now to see if it’s a simple fix. Just get the Java Language Error when I click the icon.

  6. Battery Pull didn’t resolve the issue :( Still have the java.lang.Error anyone know if there are any known issues with this working with 5.0?

  7. Re-downloaded and rebooted the device and is working fine now. WOOHOO! 😀

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