If you have the need to down size photos on your Windows Phone 8 devices, Shrinkit is an easy way to go about it.
For example, you've downloaded your high resolution, DSLR images to SkyDrive and need to email a lower resolution copy. You're on the road, hundreds of miles from the nearest computer and all you have is your trusty Windows Phone. Enter Shrinkit.
Shrinkit has a simple user interface and saves resized images as a separate image file so you won't lose the original. Not everyone may find a use for Shrinkit but for some, it could come in handy.
Once you launch Shrinkit, all you need to do is select the image from your Pictures Hub to resize and then you'll be sent to the settings page. Here you can resize your image by sliding the top adjustment bar to shrink your image by percentage or enter the exact pixel dimensions in the fields. If you need an odd sized image you can turn off the aspect ratio. There is also a field to set the goal image file size but I didn't have any luck using that option.
Once you've got the size just right you can save the re-sized image to your Saved Pictures folder, save and share the image, or reset everything and start from scratch.
Shrinkit is a nifty little re-sizing tool for your Windows Phone but there is some room for improvement. While Shrinkit does display the original image resolution and the new resolution it doesn't display the new file size. There you have to guess. If you have a 2500kb image, downsizing it 50% should resize it to 1250kb. But it can be tough to calculate a 42% reduction of a 1.3MB image while on the run. It would be nice if you could see at least an estimated new file size.
Keep in mind, Shrinkit does not crop your image. It merely adjusts the resolution or image size.
Shrinkit is a free app for your Windows Phone 8 device that you can find here in the Windows Phone Store.
Thanks, Amir, for the tip!
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