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[Review] BatchMarker

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

EasySector’s BatchMarker [1]

Version reviewed:

v3.3

Software description as per the developer:

BatchMarker is an image watermarking software. This program helps you to add copyright sign, trademark sign, text watermark, image watermarks, add logo watermark and date to multiple photos in a batch mode. Protect your copyrights by adding copyright sign watermark to all your photos or images.

Download size:

v2.3 MB

Supported OS:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7

Price:

$27.50 (USD)

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”6″}Isn’t too complicated to use, but some aspects like always fully maximized window, lack of proper mechanism to position image watermark, the inability to use more than one text and one image watermark (not including the special “copyright” text watermark), and the bugs make it quite annoying to use. Plus the color scheme/theme is a fail attempt to mimic the blue theme of Microsoft Office – comes off too bright and unattractive.
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{for=”Performance” value=”5″}If you can get it past the bugs and actually output your images, BatchMarker works well in applying text watermarks to images. However, there are are quite a few bugs that will try to stop you along the way, and BatchMarker performs very poorly in regards to image watermarks.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”5″}Hit or miss – some people will find it useful, while some won’t.
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{for=”Price” value=”7″}$27.50 is around the ballpark of other watermark software, although I personally feel an even $20 would be a much better price.
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BatchMarker is a program that allows users to add watermarks to their images. This is what the main program window looks like:

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As you can see from the above screenshot, the program has directions embedded on how to use it. However, using BatchMarker isn’t too overly complicated:

BatchMarker has a “template” system which allows users to save watermark settings in a template that can be loaded at a later date. This feature is actually pretty handy for those people that continually watermark images – they can simply load a template each time they need to watermark instead of having to manually set the settings.

In regards to performance

That said, BatchMarker is buggy – it is a very poorly coded programmed and/or not properly tested:

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I don’t know why the error occurs or what causes it; all I know is that once it happens I need to close and reopen BatchMarker once it happens otherwise images are not loaded properly. The odd thing is the error seems to be arbitrary: I may get an error when loading in a batch of images but when I close and reopen BatchMarker and load in the same batch of images, they input just fine with no error.

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The reason for this error is glaringly obvious: The program is not looking for the watermark template image in the right place. It is looking in C:/Program Files/EasySector/Batch Photo Watermarker/Logo Samples whereas the default installation location for BatchMarker (and the place where I installed it) is C:/Program Files/EasySector/BatchMarker/Logo Samples.

Aside from the performance and coding related issues, I have one more bone to pick with BatchMarker. BatchMarker always runs fully maximized: Its program window opens fully maximized (at least it does on all the resolutions I tested it at, which include 1200×800, 1024×768, and 800×600) and there is no way to make it smaller. Why the heck do developers feel the need to shove their programs down our throats? I rarely ever run programs fully maximized and I despise developers that force me to do so. Most programs can function just fine without being fully maximized; I don’t see why a watermarking program needs to always run fully maximized.

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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FastStone Photo Resizer [6]

PhotoWham! [7]

waterMark [8]

PicMakr2.com [9]

Picture Shark [10]

Your local image editor

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{rw_verdict2}I am on a quest to find the perfect watermarking program; I have run across some [11] good [12] watermarking [13] programs [14] in the past, but I have yet to find the perfect one – and BatchMarker definitely is not it. BatchMarker might work well for text watermarks, but it performs very poorly for image watermarks and is too buggy. I am open to suggestions as to what are good watermarking programs; so far in my book I have PhotoWham! as a good free text watermarking tool and FastStone Photo Resizer as a handy free image watermarker.
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