FirmTools ShellExtension

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FirmTools ShellExtension adds 3 image-file related functions to the Windows right click menu (a) a ’convert’ function for image-format conversions on the fly within explorer, (b) thumbnail previews for images within the context menu, and (c) a print function which prints a centered image with the file path on top.

It supports GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TGA, PSD, TIFF, PCX, and PCD formats.

If you’ve ever wanted the ability to convert image formats straight from the context menu then FirmTools ShellExtension is for you. It adds a ’convert to’ entry within the context menu that allows you to save your image into any of the formats mentioned above.

It will also add a little thumbnail view of the image within the context menu. When selecting multiple images it offers batch-printing functionality as well.

What it can’t do: No resize functionality. Also, it cannot batch convert a folder or multiple-selected files (although it can print these). Strangely, the ’print’ command doesn’t seem to work for a single selected image.

Although this program performs all three functions outlined above well, to me it is the file conversion function that makes it worth installing. I am sure that many people will love the context-menu-based thumbnail preview, but it is not really my cup of tea. Thankfully, this (as well as the other two functions this software provides) can be switched off at will.

Version tested: 2.0

Compatibility: Windows 95/98/2000/2003//Me/XP; doesn’t say if compatible with Vista.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 520K).