Using droplets

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Using droplets

The batch processor in RealWorld Photos is capable of creating and providing the necessary infrastructure for droplets.

Droplet is a tiny executable file that can be placed on desktop (or elsewhere) and if files are dragged and dropped on it, a predefined operation is applied to the files. For example, it is possible to resize, watermark, or automatically adjust exposition of the dropped files.

Droplets have two main groups of users:

  • Computer newbies - due to the extreme ease of use, people minimal computer knowledge can do the drag and drop action and thus apply an operation on their files.
  • People working with large amount of images - because multiple files (and entire folders) can be dragged and dropped on the droplet, they are very handy in business environments (for example reality agents often need to resize & watermark photos of the realities they are offering).

Using droplets

The simplest usage scenario consist of just dragging and dropping files (or folders) on the droplet's icon. The droplet works best if it is placed on an easily accessible place - for example Desktop or the Quick Launch bar.

The droplet will display a window with progress report and eventually encountered errors. Some droplets may display additional windows asking the user to make a choice (for example a resizing droplet may ask for the dimensions to resize to).

Droplets may be configured to overwrite the source files or to (by default) produce copies in a new folder. This folder can be automatically opened after the droplet finished processing and user can move the files from there.

Creating your own droplets

To create a droplet, start RealWorld Photos and switch to the Batch Mode page. Select the batch operation of your choice and click the Create droplet toolbar button. Read the guide on creating droplets for more information.

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