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Giveaway of the day — Batch Picture Protector

Batch Picture Protector is a powerful and easy-to-use batch image watermarking tool.
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Batch Picture Protector was available as a giveaway on November 11, 2009!

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Batch Picture Protector is a powerful and easy-to-use batch image watermarking tool. It protects your digital images and artwork by adding professional transparent watermarks that combine text, illustrations and graphics. When used in conjunction with your favorite image editing software, a watermark can even contain your copyright, website URL or logo image. Batch Picture Protector is the best way to achieve faster and simpler image protection.

This watermarking software is particularly useful to designers, artists and banner makers who send artwork proofs to customers for evaluation. Those who publish images on internet web galleries can also protect image copyright using this watermarking software. By using the software, digital photos can be effectively protected from unauthorized use. This photo watermark software places permanent watermarks that cannot be removed.

System Requirements:

Windows NT4/2000/XP, 2003 or Vista (x32)

Publisher:

SoftOrbits

Homepage:

http://www.softorbits.com/batch_picture_resize/index.html

File Size:

2.30 MB

Price:

$29.95

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I think I see a problem with install. When I unzipped the download to get the 3 files (setup, readme, activate) and ran setup to install, then ran acitvate, it did not change from demo mode. I had to run activate again and allow activate to extract another copy of the 3 files. When I ran the activate that came out of the activate self extracting file, the program then showed it was registered.

Hope the watermarking works better than the install.
Thanks for the tip on getting rid of the example folder & files.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  6 years ago
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The free alternative that I've been using & love is PhotoWham! which is a free download from zdnet.

Reply   |   Comment by Crissy  –  6 years ago
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@24 More likely copyright will ensure that creativity will dimish when prosecuted as law's (& international treaties) demand. A simple example: a photo of a couple in front of a building (as background). Who owns the shot?

I hear the echos of a few roaming: the architect of course.

Should we start errecting forbidden signs everywhere? Or more cleverly: silently wait till enough violate something here & there (out of accident probably) and then start sue'ing like hell to gain the most out of? (which is already commonplace with patents btw)

I really wonder how long this will ultimately take to uprise enough upstir.

The bottomline is: property is an illusion created to ensure profits above anything.

Reply   |   Comment by someone  –  6 years ago
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#3 "Slim" (er, nice name...) - Just because someone sends you a photo via eMail most certainly DOES NOT give you ownership. There's a very high prob. the person who sent it didn't own it either. Whoever TOOK the photo owns the photo... but they may not even be able to copyright the content. For example, you can't copyright the photo of a piece of architecture created after 1992. The Photog has to gain permission of the architect to publish the photo. Truth. Copyright protects intellectual property.

SlimJim

Reply   |   Comment by SlimJim  –  6 years ago
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#10 Jalon - what if someone uses save page as or uses a screen capture program? Seems to defeat the whole purpose.

Thanks GOTD and SoftOrbits for this great giveaway! (WinXP Pro SP2).

Reply   |   Comment by rezidue  –  6 years ago
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Bottom line people if you never took the image or paid for th rights it is NOT yours. WHy do you thin just becasue yu can view it on your computer screen that it is your property? That's just ignorance.

Reply   |   Comment by BCRose  –  6 years ago
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#20 Angry (without justification) If you at least followed the instructions in the readme.txt file in the zip you downloaded from here then you would have had the free license activated.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  6 years ago
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And the program does not include any free license!

So all you get here is a demo version!!!

I could not beleive it!

Reply   |   Comment by Angry  –  6 years ago
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#9: "Couldn’t you use that Picture Doctor that was given away recently to remove the watermarks?"

That's at the root of the dilemma many people face... if you put the watermark over the main subject of an on-line image, they feel it would ruin it for friends, relatives, visitors -- but if you make it too discreet, or in a part of the image that doesn't matter, someone can fairly easily cut it off or edit the photo to get rid of it. That's what happened to 1 photo-journalist who simply put his (C) at the bottom of an award winning photo, & then had it used, often without his (C) or permission by all sorts of publications on-line.

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#10: "http://www.sliceimage.com/ is a program for protecting web photos."

And the screen snapshot apps previously on GOTD defeat it in seconds. ;-)

Images are *sliced* [broken into several pieces] for a variety of reasons -- back in the early-mid 90's I did it manually to animate parts of a larger image -- but for security can't see how it would be effective on anyone but the very PC illiterate. Tech Details: since there's no use for a sliced image other than the web, there's no reason to have it at anything but screen resolution, which is exactly what you get with a screen shot. You can use many PDF printers for that matter, & just copy/past the images from the PDF -- they might even up-sample to higher rez for you.

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#13: "...if this software can watermark a DOCUMENT..."

No... Document watermarks are something that depends on & is part of the doc's format, say Word, PDF etc... Many (most? -- all?) of the PDF creating apps on GOTD in the past I think had watermarking, so you could take whatever doc, add a watermark, and save as pdf.

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#14: "...irritating to have the program open with that flower basket and four demo boxes checked too..."

In the program folder is a sub-folder named: "Examples" -- delete it... app will then open *empty*.

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#15: "Just because a pic (or text for that matter) is on the Internet or comes to you via an email does not make it free or without copyright protections."

Very true, but unfortunately the old saying: "Possession is 9/10 of the law" seems to apply. If/when PR is important violating etiquette is important -- Microsoft recently pulled a download app that *borrowed* some open-source code in a way that was frowned on. On-the-other-hand, the guy that did the famous Obama poster made a fortune & won awards off an admitted stolen image! In fact from what I read, he sued the owner of the original image!

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago
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When I closed the program, there was a window saying this is a 30-day trial version. Not what I expected from the GOTD page.

Reply   |   Comment by Jaysee  –  6 years ago
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Slim,
1) Taking someone else's image is theft pure and simple.
2) There is no way to prevent someone from taking an image once it is posted on the net. If you can see the image it is in your browser cache already downloaded. If they use Flash then there are apps to download flash imagery. And lastly a screen capture app will grab anything on the screen.
3) The claim made in the blurb by the company above that the watermark cannot be removed is not correct, a short bit of work in Photoshop will clone out any watermark. If they are large and ugly enough then it may be hard to do it undetectably. But then if it is that big people won't look at the image in the first place. If they used steganography then that would be difficult to remove but I see no sign that they do.
4) It is a violatin of the DMCA to remove a copyright notice and the fines are up to $50,000 per violation plus attorney fees.

Reply   |   Comment by agesilaus  –  6 years ago
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While many (most?) people generously give away some of their work, whether in the form of images, words in an article or blog, or free software code etc, no one wants to be taken advantage of... that's where Batch Picture Protector comes in. You might want to share those wonderful pictures you took, & that's great, but chances are you'd be rightly furious if some magazine stole your work & made a bunch of money. Worse, they might even (C) it. It happens. Customers/clients try to get work for free, canceling a project, then using the stuff you sent for approval. If you sell something, you might invest a lot in time & equipment producing quality product images -- you don't want to help out the competition by doing this part of their job. Yes, you can fight back paying high-priced lawyers for months, & you might even win, eventually, but you have to know about it in the 1st place, & chances are you'll never share in the profits they made off you. A while back a family had a photo of themselves they'd innocently posted featured on a chain store's billboards on the other side of the world. People don't use Goggle Images just for school reports & wallpaper.

Batch Picture Protector is a small app [it'll almost fit on a floppy at ~1.6 MB] with 27 files, one folder inside the program's folder. It does use the registry, but not much, & after using PortableAppCreator [portableapps.com forums] should work from your USB stick just fine. Batch Picture Protector is a rather simple app, letting you re-size watermark images freely, but not text, so if re-sizing text is important to you, make it an image in your other software. You can enter text directly in Batch Picture Protector, but you aren't able to feather it or use/set shadows.

To add the registration key [to unlock the full version] you need to run GOTD's Activate app, which after a quick phone home to verify the date, places an entry into the Windows' registry. If you have restricted rights -- have a limited account or are running Vista/win7 -- you'll probably have to right click the activation app and select run as administrator. That normally give the app all the authority it needs to write to the registry, though [rarely?] anti-malware &/or security policies on your PC/laptop can still prevent it. [A few years back I think CA internet security software given away to RoadRunner users, for example set permissions to none in large parts of Vista's registry]

There are plenty of Alternatives on-line, & several have been on GOTD in the past. For jpg images a nice feature is altering as little of the image as possible -- jpg is a lossy format, meaning you lose data with every saved change, so just losing data [quality] just around a watermark is nice. The Lossless JPEG Toolbox is one such app [the address seems to move around a bit, so I'll just say Google rather than give today's URL, which might not work in the future], & you can find a partial list of apps here (not all have watermarks) [http://jpegclub.org/losslessapps.html].

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago
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Wanted to mention, #3 - Slim -

Just because a pic (or text for that matter) is on the Internet or comes to you via an email does not make it free or without copyright protections. Might want to study up on some of the rules of etiquette and laws governing the use of material you want to use.

Reply   |   Comment by prying1  –  6 years ago
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I tried this program for at least an hour. Two main complaints amongst others. (running Vista on an eMachine)

First -
From (post #1)Ashraf's review:
Can resize IMAGE watermarks relative to size of image being watermarked. & Cannot/does not resize TEXT watermarks relative to the size of image being watermarked.

Get these 2 to work in conjunction with one another. it will make the program much better.

Second -

I'm sure it is my monitor and video settings but the bottom of my page, under the 'destination folder' line, I could see the tops of some letters and a box to check. No button to push for save. I have no idea what the letters say. I could not resize my window to have the line show up. No matter what I could just barely see the tops of letters. - No slider bar to raise or lower the picture.

If there were a hot key for Save I could not find it. 4 times I entered the file to save to, pressed S, Control S, Shift S, Alt S, and finally hit enter only to have the program close on me. Get a hotkey to save.

Oh! The help file opened in Wordpad with computer code gibberish. No help there for me...

It was really irritating to have the program open with that flower basket and four demo boxes checked too. Never got to save the settings to see if it would open any other way. - Should open with a blank window, and option to view demo that has a button that says, "Do not show this demo again". I would have loved that. If I could have saved it.

Reply   |   Comment by prying1  –  6 years ago
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I'm wondering if this software can watermark a DOCUMENT -- something other than a photo. Anyone know?

Reply   |   Comment by Sherri  –  6 years ago
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This is yhe dealbreaker:
"Cannot/does not resize text watermarks relative to the size of image"

What use is a so-called "batch" program that requires identiacally sized inputs? If my originals are different sizes, the watermark will not change proportionally to match the size of each image?

Worthless.

Reply   |   Comment by Anson Roberts  –  6 years ago
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i find this program fast and very easy to use.
Thanks GAOTD and SoftOrbits for this.

Reply   |   Comment by Pradip K Bhakat  –  6 years ago
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http://www.sliceimage.com/ is a program for protecting web photos.

Reply   |   Comment by Jalon  –  6 years ago
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Couldn't you use that Picture Doctor that was given away recently to remove the watermarks?

Reply   |   Comment by Redphatom  –  6 years ago
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Hi Slim, (Message 3),

How can you code an image so it is distorted? I doubt this can be done with a standard image, and would need some sort of photo downloader/player?

Of course print screen would always be usable.

Reply   |   Comment by Jacque Black  –  6 years ago
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Reply   |   Comment by Amine  –  6 years ago
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Hi Slim, (Message 3),
Please inform me as to how to code an image so that it is distorted when opened.
Best Wishes,
John

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  6 years ago
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Quite faster than the last watermarking software GOTD gave us..

Roaring Siren

Reply   |   Comment by Rear Guy  –  6 years ago
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hi..its shows error stating 'You must be logged in as an administrator when installing this program.

anyone out there to helpout..

Reply   |   Comment by Rahul  –  6 years ago
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Here is one real problem with putting pictures on the net that you want to protect. First, if I am sent a photo in my email I consider it my property and can sue it in any manor I like.

Second If I see a picture I like I may take it just to have it for a while or add to an album to show another view of something.

Third, If there is something I do not wanto others to be able to use then there are ways of coding a photo so that it will be distorted when downloaded. Most of the time water marks are easy to get rid of.

Reply   |   Comment by slim  –  6 years ago
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I used this for long time, at least this is real free and works very fine !
(link)
http://www.picture-shark.com/watermark_freeware_image_protect_gallery_default.htm

Reply   |   Comment by webdesign.coolstart.nl  –  6 years ago
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The Good
* Although not very glamorous, interface is straightforward making the program easy to use.
* Supports batch processing.
* Supports multiple input image formats, including but not limited to PNG, GIF, JPG, BMP, TIF, and PSD.
* Supports multiple image output formats, including but not limited to PNG, GIF, JPG, BMP, and TIF.
* Has a "use the original format" output option.
* Has insert text and/or image watermarks.
* Has insert multiple watermarks on one image.
* Has useful "macros" to insert as text watermarks.
* Fast processing.
* Does a fairly good job at keeping original image quality in tact.
* Can resize image watermarks relative to size of image being watermarked.
* Users can save watermarks and easily load them for future use.

The Bad
* Cannot/does not resize text watermarks relative to the size of image being watermarked.
* Always has default images and watermarks loaded whenever user runs the program.

Free Alternatives
FastStone Photo Resizer

For final verdict, recommendations, and full review please click here.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  6 years ago
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