Resize Pictures All at Once with AuthorTec
I run into two common scenarios when I need to resize multiple images in my documents.
Case 1: Resizing a bunch of various sized images to one standard size
In my LeaderGuide Pro documents, we use tiny icons for instructor notes to cue what kind of note it is (e.g., a little PowerPoint icon to indicate that the note is about the slides, a little exclamation point to indicate that the note is a warning, a little check mark to remind the instructor to check in with the learners about something, etc.).
The icons vary in size as my team inserts them, but they always put them in paragraphs using a "Note" style. As part of the QA process, we use the Styles menu to select all text (and therefore inline images) in the Note style, and then run Resize Pictures to set them to the same size (.2" height).
Case 2: Overcome export limitations
With my eLearning development application, while I can export slides for client or internal review (or for printable handouts for note-taking learners), my only option is to export images in a 3:4 ratio. We design courses in a widescreen (16:9) format, so the generated images are distorted (they're squished).
I can use Resize Pictures to change all imported slide images from 3:4 to 16:9, undoing the squishing and making them a little smaller to fit more on a page. All it takes is for me to resize one slide image manually, check its properties to find the exact inch or pixel dimensions, then do two passes through the document with Resize Pictures – one for absolute height and one for absolute width. No matter how many slides are in the project (40? 80? 120? It doesn't matter!), they're all resized to the correct dimension and size.
AuthorTec Resize Images is a Word add-in that simplifies and streamlines the process of resizing multiple images to a consistent size within a Word document.
Adjust the size of pictures whether they are embedded or linked; Add or remove borders from pictures; Works with inline pictures and pictures that have wrapping text.
AuthorTec Resize Images is free. Instructions on how to use it are built in, and available on our website under the Help tab.
Tara Aukerman is a Senior Instructional Design Consultant at Trinity Health in Livonia, MI.