Subject: Re: Windows freeware to lock in a 3: or 4:3 aspect ratio for cropping
> Try the Associated Image setting. The default is "Full Screen". Change it.
Voila! That was the charm button!
Fastone: Settings > Settings > Viewer > Associated image launches in:
Change the default from: Full Screen
Change the default to: Windowed View
And, get this ... we get sane /fixed menus/ out of the deal, for free!
Thank you Paul for finding the Fastone "sane setting" for its defaults!
Back on topic, the known Windows aspect-ratio freeware apps are:
# Fastone (the aspect ratio crop is the best - on top of the picture)
# Microsoft Photos (the aspect ratio crop is sadly below the picture)
# Irfanview (the aspect ratio crop is cryptically accessed with Shift+C)
# The GIMP (the aspect ratio crop is, like all things Gimp, unintuitive)
How to force a fixed aspect ratio in Fastone crop commands:
# Open the image in Fastone
# Fastone: Edit > Crop Board (aka X) > Paper Ratio > ... > 4:3 Ratio > OK
# Left-mouse intuitively adjust the size and location of the crop area
# Press the "Crop" button
# Note that Fastone will remember your 4:3 selection for the next edit.
# Note that there are keyboard shortcut keys to shorten the sequence.
# For multiple aspect crops, pressing the "X" on the keyboard works well!
How to force a fixed aspect ratio in Irfanview crop commands:
# Open the image in Irfanview
# Left click drag & then lift up at your approximate desired crop area
# Irfanview: Edit > Create custom crop selection (aka <shift+c>)
# In the "Create custom selection" form, choose your desired aspect ratio
# In the "Create custom selection" form, press "Save and draw on image"
# To adjust just the location, right click on the selection box & drag
# To adjust the area, hold the keyboard <alt> key & left-click drag an edge
The developers deserve a reprieve since I had already ordered them shot!