Today I did a little brainstorming about what I want version 3 of the Image Resizer Powertoy Clone for Windows to be like. Probably the biggest thing I want to do is a complete overhaul of the user interface. This will probably include things like:

  • More entry points
    • Explorer toolbar resize option
    • Drag-and-drop menu handler
  • Better error reporting
  • Branding

Just so you can get a feel of what I’m talking about, here is a little prototype I made today:

Resize Pictures Prototype

Another thing I want to do is rip out all the GDI+ code and replace it with the newer Windows Imaging Component (WIC) technology. WIC handles a lot more metadata, and it is extensible so my program could in theory support every image format known to man (assuming someone develops a WIC codec for it).

Last, but not least, I would like to address some of the feature requests that have been out there for a while. For example:

  • Check for updates
  • One installer for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
  • Settings dialog
    • Specify default sizes
    • Specify resized file name format

Who knows, maybe I’ll finally get some end-user documentation to put out there too. The future has much in store for this little utility!