In the category nifty little features falls Eboocz’ Image Resampling feature. These days there are a lot of different devices you can read your ebooks on. Personally I read on everything I’ve got with me; my laptop, my tablet, my smartphone and my e-reader. It all depends on where I am. At home I might read on my laptop or tablet, on the road I’m reading a lot on my smartphone and on vacation I’ll be reading a lot on my e-reader, sitting in the sun on the beach with a cool drink.
But when you’re creating ebooks that is something to take into account. What device will you be reading your ebook on? And more importantly, what screen resolution does that device have? Especially E-ink e-readers have much lower resolutions than smartphones, tablets and laptops and you should really take that into account when creating your ebooks. You could go for the lowest common denominator. But then again, viewing 800×600 pixel images on your high resolution iPad is a waste of pixels. Why not create different versions of your book for each device? I can hear you think, yes, that’s all very nice, but wouldn’t that be a lot of work? Creating sets of images in all those different sizes…
Well, enter the Eboocz image resampling feature. It changes the image sizes to the maximum you select. This feature can be found in the metadata screen, so you can easily set it for each book. Image resampling creates a so called bounding box. A bounding box limits the width and height to a maximum size. So if I take an image with my camera with 2336×3505 pixels and I create a bounding box of 600×800 the image will need to fit within this box.
The bounding box is a maximum related to the resolution of the device you’re going to read the ebook on. Therefore Eboocz makes the images a bit smaller than the bounding box. In my example it will be about 500×750 pixels. This way there is still room for margins on all sides. Margins are problematic with ebooks because every e-reader handles them differently. So the way Eboocz handles images in bounding boxes is a bit of a compromise.
If you don’t want Eboocz to resize your images, you can of course choose the No Resampling option. Another option is the Custom Bounding Box feature. You can set a Custom Bounding Box in the preferences screen and then select this custom bounding box in the metadata screen. So Eboocz gives you full control over the size of all your images. Just add the images in whatever resolution you have them and with a click of a button all those images will be resampled to the desired size. Eboocz, made easy!