Small Image Tools that Pack a Real Punch
The spotlight usually focuses on the heavyweight Linux
graphics tools such as Gimp, Shotwell, digiKam, Inkscape, and Krita.
However, there are many other open source graphics tools that merit
Linux offers a vast collection of open source small utilities
that perform functions ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. It is
the quality and selection of these tools that help Linux stand out as a
productive environment. A good utility cooperates with other
applications, integrating seamlessly.
Although command-line tools are very useful for updating,
configuring, and repairing a system, their benefits are not only
confined to system administration. The majority of the applications
featured in this article are command-line tools. They are very light on
system resources, fast and efficient, don't rely on a windowing
system, and are great for integrating with other applications and
The term lightweight is a label attached to computer software
which is relatively simpler or faster than its counterparts. Feature
bloat is endemic in software especially commercial software. Often, the
easiest way to persuade users to upgrade to the latest version is to
add new spangly features. This happens with open source software (to a
lesser degree), and open source graphics software is not immune to
feature bloat. Well, there is no feature bloat here!
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of small image tools that are
Now, let's explore the 6 small image tools at hand. For
each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Small Image Tools
||Simple to use cross-platform GUI photo batch processor
user interface for jpegtran
||Optimizes PNG files
bitmaps into vector graphics
||Manipulate the non-image part of Exif compliant JPEG
and PDF files to editable vector graphics converter
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Last Updated Saturday, November 30 2013 @ 11:48 AM EST