If you’re in the market for a simple yet powerful image converter, then Extreme Image Converter should definitely be on your list of utilities to try out. Its first alpha release was only unleashed on the world in September, so it’s very new, but despite that, the available version is still likely powerful enough to satisfy most users.
I downloaded the Linux binary from the project’s SourceForge page (a Windows binary is available as well, as is the source code), and took it for a spin.
The first thing I noticed about Extreme Image Converter was what a simple interface it has. I’ve tried out a couple other image converters (on Windows) over the past couple of weeks, and with one of them – which admittedly had more available options, such as the ability to not only convert but to crop and resize as well – it was as if every imaginable feature had been crammed into as small a space as possible. With Extreme Image Converter, that wasn’t a problem. To be honest, I’m not sure what exactly is “extreme” about Extreme Image Converter; it does one job: convert images.
I didn’t try out Extreme Image Converter enough to know what input formats it could handle (I only used some JPG, PNG and TIF files I had lying around on my hard drive), but it can export to 9 different formats at the moment: ico, jpeg, jpg, png, ppm, tif, tiff, xbm and xpm.
While other programs (such as GIMP and Imagemagick) have a far, far longer list of supported formats, the formats supported by Extreme Image Converter are likely enough for most basic users. For people wanting to email photos or share them on the web, JPG and PNG are the most common formats, so Extreme Image Converter should be quite suitable.
Using Extreme Image Converter is really simple. Click the Add button, then navigate to the image or images you want to convert. Once you have selected all the picture for this batch, simply choose the output directory and format for conversion. You can choose to use the parent directory for your converted files, as well as whether or not to keep the originals when through. Extreme Image Converter uses ‘0’ as its default control setting, but if you want to use a lesser quality, you have that option as well.
Finally, once all your preferences have been set, click the Start button. In my testing, converting 6-8 images at a time, the conversion process was almost instantaneous. I never converted enough images to need a progress bar, and frankly don’t know if Extreme Image Converter uses one. The process was that speedy.
And that’s what it does. Again, I’m not positive something currently this simple needs the word “extreme” in its name, but maybe there are big plans ahead. If so, a couple things I would like to see is a few more features. I mentioned other conversion tools having the ability to resize and that would be a nice feature for Extreme Image Converter to have, as would be the ability to crop images, although that’s possibly beyond the scope of this program. One other nicety would be the ability to drag and drop images into the main Extreme Image Converter window. As of now, the only way to add pictures is via the Add dialog.
Still, Extreme Image Converter is a very new project, with hopefully more features coming. Even if there aren’t, it’s still a nice project right now, but with more development time, it could grow into a simple, easy to use, powerful tool.