One of the tasks I’ve been performing a lot lately for Web design clients is adding a number of photos to an online gallery. I’m provided with a large number of photos and I have to determine the best photos to use on their Web site.
Just staring at all the files in a folder (or series of folders) can often be a little overwhelming. So I use CorelDRAW and the handy Oberon Thumbnailer macro to make myself a thumbnail catalog.
First, this macro will only work in 32-bit versions of CorelDRAW. So if you are using CorelDRAW X6 or X7, you must install the 32-bit version. When run, I point the Thumbnailer at the folder(s) of photos and make sure the “Bitmaps” file type is chosen. You’ll also want to make sure “Rasterize All Thumbnails” is checked or you could get a massive CorelDRAW file. I change the resolution to 150 dpi and set the thumbnails to 2″ square. You can see a sample of the result in the header of this post. Once I have the thumbnail catalog, I can easily work through each of the photos and get them added to the Web site.