Graphic Converter


I find that the software that is bundled with most digital cameras and scanners is quite difficult to use, if not totally useless. In steps Graphic Converter, created by Lemke Software, which has been a Mac Shareware ($30US) staple for many years and supports both classic OS (back to OS7 days) and now into OSX. To learn about the features of GC GC is capable of much more than it's name implies. Not only can it import over 175 and save to over 75 different graphic formats, you can edit your images, manipulate the storage from a browser window, optimize them for the internet or e-mail, create a catalog to publish to a web site and much more.I don't claim to be knowledgeable of all the features GC has to offer, to the contrary, I am graphically challenged. I am, a Mac user who has benefited greatly from the easy of use and features I need to make use of the scanner and digital camera I own. Here I will share what features I find useful, dare I say essential? There is a real manual created by one of the GC contributors available here. It's well worth the $10, I purchased it and refer to it constantly.


One of the most useful features is the Browse window, accessible from the File menu. This feature is what most of us want and need and is lacking in the software bundled with our cameras and scanners. An easy way to view, move to collection folders, delete, rename and edit all the images we collect. We all have our own way to sort and name images, GC gives us that freedom.



Here is the Browser window which is divided into 3 panes. On the left is the folder pane, in the center is the thumbnail pane and on the right is the preview pane. With the toolbar at the bottom of the window you can change the size of the thumbnails, choose what information is displayed below them, choose how they are sorted, have folders appear first or alphabetically in the thumbnail pane, lock the folder, open and close the folder and preview panes and see how many items are in the folder and are currently selected.

You can resize the entire window with the size widget (the box with diagonal lines) at the bottom right corner (red arrow) and resize the panes by moving the cursor to the right edge of the scrollbars dividing the panes until the cursor changes as shown (red circle). (I just learned how to create the red circle and arrow in GC, proving you CAN teach old dogs).

You can move your images into different folders by dragging the thumbnail to the appropriate place in the folder pane (you can copy the image by holding the Option key while moving it). You cannot move them into the folders in the thumbnail window.

You can rename the image by highlighting it, clicking on the filename and typing in a new name.

If you hold the Control key while clicking on an image you will open the contextual menu, only part of which you see here. There are some options that are only available here, like New Folder, Label and (new in version 4.6.1) E-Mail file(s) as attachment.


When you do choose to email your selected image(s) a window will open giving you the ability to address it and create a subject and message.

You can also choose the size the attachment will be scaled to, which directly affects it's file size. If the image will not be printed as a photo, Medium or small will be fine. If the recipient might want to print the image, large or orignial would be more appropriate.

You need to choose the mail program you use. GC currently supports Mail, EntourageX & 2001, AOL and Eudora.


If you double-click on an image it will open in a window where you can edit it. To the right of the image is the toolbox, below is the info window. There are many tools available with GC some from the toolbar and others from the menu bar. Few am I familiar enough with to be of much help, although I will try to show how I use a few.


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