Learn the Basics of JPEGCrops for Windows (version 0.6.5 beta)

JPEGCrops - a free tool for quick lossless batch cropping

JPEGCrops is a handy free tool to help you quickly rotate and crop multiple images at once to standard print sizes without loss of quality.

What We Like
  • No ads, nags, or spyware.

  • Add custom sizes and aspect ratios to menu.

  • Rename cropped files and preserve metadata.

What We Don't Like
  • No option to resample images.

  • Only supports JPEG files.

  • No updates since 2007.

Description

  • Quickly rotate and crop multiple photos to standard photo sizes without loss of quality
  • Simple 3-step process: Open numerous images, specify the output folder, and define the crop area
  • Customize image preview size, window layout, crop shield appearance, and preset sizes menu
  • Preview PPI as you adjust crop size. Color changes when the resolution goes below 150 or 300 PPI.
  • Quickly flip between portrait and landscape orientation; rotate images 90 degrees left or right.
  • Specify new file names for cropped files or let the program automatically add a prefix or suffix.
  • The program prompts the user before overwriting an existing file but doesn't auto-rename the new file.
  • Windows freeware. No installation required; only generates files in the installation folder.
  • The program is localized to Danish, Dutch, German, Hungarian, and Polish.
JPEGCrops screenshot

Review

Most digital cameras save your photos to the JPEG format, which uses a lossy compression scheme. The upside is that JPEG images can be made quite small, but the downside is that some quality is lost each time you save a JPEG if certain aspects of the image have changed. With most photo editing software, cropping and saving JPEGs recompresses the image, resulting in more loss.

JPEGCrops is a free program to allow cropping of JPEG without loss of quality. It also makes it very fast and easy to crop a batch of multiple images. It comes with the most common photo sizes already predefined, and you can easily add custom sizes. You can specify an output folder for the processed pictures or change the file names of the cropped photos—JPEGCrops will never overwrite your originals without warning. You can also customize other aspects of the program, such as appearance, layout, and how to handle metadata and time stamps.

Besides being free, JPEGCrops is a small download, and the program doesn't modify your registry or install any files outside its directory.

JPEGCrops has not updated its software since 2007. It's still available for download and will probably work, but may not be compatible with newer operating systems or may have security flaws with no patches. There are other newer software packages available from more reliable sources that do the same job.