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Watermarker 1.1 with Batch Processing
When my dear friend and MacStories writer Don Southard released the first version of Watermarker, I didn’t know whether posting about it here on MacStories would be appropriate. However, after I’ve come to use the app and know how much Don is committed to making it great, I now think not mentioning it would be a disservice to my readers.
Watermarker provides a simple and automated way to add watermarks to images. You can choose between various options including text, your own logo, or even a customizable strikethrough. The app has a clean interface with the “canvas” (the area where you can drop an image) displayed on the left, and watermarking settings on the right. I like how you can save presets (so I can have one for my “large” MacStories watermark, another one for the smaller version), and the fact that an image’s size is reported right below its preview. Don’t take my word for it — I’m not the only one who thinks Watermark is a fine app.
Today’s update is particularly interesting for my workflow because it adds batch processing. You can drop multiple images at once into the canvas or dock icon (you can also drop an entire folder), and Watermarker will display a red badge in the canvas on top of your “stack” of photos (I wish I could click on the photos in the stack to select them). Once imported, you can set your watermark, and the app will apply it to all images at once; I like how Don also created a slider to set opacity for an image. To export, you can simply drag the images out of the canvas or save them. In both cases, a copy will be created.
I don’t like watermarking images, but Watermarker makes it extremely easy and fast. If I had to nitpick, I’d say that it’d be nice to navigate images in the canvas using the arrow keys (so you could still get a preview of the images you’re watermarking) and have AppleScript support for deeper automation workflows. Even without AppleScript, however, version 1.1 is a great improvement over Watermarker 1.0, which required you to import images one-by-one.