Every now and again I come across a Mac app which ‘feels‘ good, and seems to have the right blend of features, usability, benefits, and is priced right. Image Bucket is such an app. Photographers know the value of a watermark and workflow. Many Mac apps for photographers provide one or the other, but Image Bucket does both and more.
This app sits at the top edge of my threshold for buying an app that does not have a corresponding trial version, so the price is about right. Not only does Image Bucket do watermarks with text or images, it’s also a Swiss Army Knife utility which opens most Mac photo files (JPG, TIF, PNG, GIF, BMP, JP2, PSD and TGA), and exports to the most popular Mac image formats (JPG, TIF, PNG, GIF, BMP and JP2).
Controls and settings are straightforward. Add a text or image watermark, move it around the image, set transparency. Images can also be transformed.
Also built in to Image Bucket is an option to preserve the original photo’s metadata during the export, change the photo’s DPI, and batch process multiple photos or export only a selected photo.
Photos can be resized by width and height, or by width and height but proportional, but also has an option to adjust size based on longest side, and resizing can be setup as percentage or exact pixels.
Watermarking is completely self explanatory. Add a text watermark with all the standard trimmings; font style, size, color, alignment, drop shadow, and opacity. The watermark can be batched and prefixed with the photo’s filename, folder, extension, or path (not sure why I would use that in a watermark). Watermarked images work much the same way but also have controls over alignment positions with an option that resizes the image watermark based on a percentage of the photo’s width. That’s classy.
No photo Swiss Army Knife utility is complete without transformation settings. Image Bucket lets you rotate images the standard 90-degrees left or right, or 180-degrees, and flip images horizontally, vertically or both. Every change you make has a preview mode so you can see exactly what the end result will be upon export. And, speaking of exports, there are options to export to different locations, or overwrite the originals, and prefix or postfix file names.
What’s missing are the obvious photo enhancement options to sharpen, saturate, and add filters, but there are plenty of Mac photo apps which do that, many are free. Image Bucket is one of those well balanced utilities that do much of what you expect, less of what you don’t.