DeBabelizer for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

DeBabelizer for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

by Nolan Hester
     
 

DeBabelizer takes a mess of graphics file formats and allows you to make sense of them. It is the most popular graphics utility for file conversion, batch processing of graphics files, and more, yet it can be tricky to learn. That's where the DeBabelizer for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide comes in. Beginners start off by learning their way

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DeBabelizer takes a mess of graphics file formats and allows you to make sense of them. It is the most popular graphics utility for file conversion, batch processing of graphics files, and more, yet it can be tricky to learn. That's where the DeBabelizer for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide comes in. Beginners start off by learning their way around the DeBabelizer interface, and move on to working with the image processing tools, palettes, scripting, and batch automation. More sophisticated users will find special tips, tricks, and tools related to animation, film making, and Web design. Experienced designers will rely on the coverage of the powerful SuperPalette and will use the book repeatedly as a reference. With the DeBabelizer for Windows and Macintosh:Visual QuickStart Guide, users quickly learn to master this powerful tool and find they have more time to design and create.

  • DeBabelizer is the most popular image conversion program on the market
  • A must-have tool for Web designers and desktop publishers
  • An excellent reference guide for more experienced designers and Webmasters.

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Library Journal
DeBabelizer is software for preprocessing images for print, CD-ROMs, or the web, often all at the same time; it allows the user to create compact images for the web easily, batch renaming of files and file types, and scale batches of images to the same height and width with just a click. DeBabelizer is not the tool for creating images--better to use Photoshop or Illustrator for that job--but it is an excellent aid for the drudge work of mass image manipulation. Hester's guide offers a good introduction, explaining how DeBabelizer handles everything from simple animation to digital video, how it controls colors and does batch processing with automated scripts. A useful title for new and advanced users. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This guide to DeBabelizer Pro 4.5 for Windows and DeBabelizer 3 for Macintosh pairs screenshots with numbered step-by-step instructions to the major functions and options of the graphics processing program. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201353860
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
01/25/1999
Series:
Visual QuickStart Guide Series
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.66(d)

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Batch processing, or batching, lets you quickly apply an action to multiple images. The batch action can be simple, such as renaming a group of files, or relatively complex, such as creating an animation from a series of still images. The basic approach, however, remains the same: you assemble a group of images and then apply an action to them. This chapter covers assembling images for a BatchList. Batching Actions on page 205 covers what you can do with a BatchList once you've assembled one.

The beauty of a DeBabelizer BatchList is twofold. First, no matter what you do to the BatchList itself, your original files are left alone and, so, remain safe. Secondly, you can set the BatchList's order, which determines the order of actions applied to it, independently of where the files reside or how they're named.While the BatchList can perform similar actions in DeBabelizer's Windows and Mac versions, the Mac BatchList window is more elaborate with a variety of icons and a preview window.

Creating and opening BatchLists
You can create a new BatchList from scratch or by taking an existing BatchList, editing it, and then saving it under another name. The BatchList built from scratch will contain no files. If you've already compiled a lengthy BatchList of files and need to make only some minor changes to it, the renaming route will save you some time.
To create and save a BatchList
1. Choose File > New > BatchList (Windows) or Window > BatchList (Mac) (Figure 10.1). You also can click in the File Commands toolbar (Windows) or the main toolbar (Mac).
2. A new BatchList window will appear with a generic name (Windows) or a name based on the date (Mac) (Figure 10.2 and Table 10.1). To give the BatchList a distinctive name, choose File > Save (Windows) or click on its name (Mac) (Figure 10.3).
3. Type a new name for your BatchList into the dialog box and click Save (Windows) or OK (Mac). The BatchList will appear with its new name (Figure 10.4).Tips
To rename a BatchList at any time, choose File > Save As (Windows) or click on the BatchList name and the BatchList name dialog box reappears (Mac). Once you've typed in a new name, click Save (Windows) or OK (Mac).
To create a BatchList based on an existing BatchList, edit the existing BatchList and then give it a new name by choosing File > Save As (Windows) or clicking on the existing BatchList's name. Type in a new name, click Save (Windows) or OK (Mac) and the new BatchList is created.

Avoid cluttering your desktop with open images by passing your cursor over

any BatchList item: You'll see a preview of the image, cutting down on the need to actually open a full-sized image.
To create a BatchList from an animation or video
1. Open the animation or video and use its frame range arrows to select which frames you want added to a BatchList (Figure 10.5).
2. Choose Tools > Create BatchList (Figure 10.6).
If the BatchList toolbar is active, you also can click .
3. When the Save As dialog box appears, choose a destination, file format, and name for the new BatchList (Figure 10.7). DeBabelizer will automatically add Frame 00 to the first frame's name and extend it for each subsequent frame (01, 02, etc.).
4. Click Save and the animation will be used to generate a new BatchList (Figure 10.8).

Tip
Once you've converted an animation to a BatchList, you can apply any DeBabelizer action to individual frames (such as palette correction) and then generate a new animation from the Batch List. For details, see To create a new animation/video on page 52.
To open an existing BatchList
1. Choose File > Open > BatchList (Windows) or select the BatchList you want from the BatchList window's pop-up menu (Mac) (Figures 10.9 and 10.10).
If the File Commands toolbar is active, you also can click .
2. On the Mac, the BatchList will open immediately. In Windows, the Open BatchList dialog box will appear, showing only BatchList-type (.dbb) files. Double-click on the BatchList you want or highlight it and click Open (Figure 10.11).

Adding BatchList items
The ability to add and rearrange items within a BatchList-without actually moving the original image files-lies at the heart of the BatchList's power. There are several ways to add images to the BatchList-with a dialog box, an ActionArrow, or various click-and-drag methods. The click-and-drag approach is often quicker than using a dialog box (see Tips).

DeBabelizer also includes one very slick trick for Web workers: You can add Web images that are embedded within an HTML file to a BatchList. See page 198. This lets you quickly track down images on your Web site and then change them with BatchList actions.It can take some getting used to, but remember: When you delete an image from a BatchList you do not delete the original image.

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