I came across a great little OS X tweak which I shared over in our forums a while ago, but thought I would bring it to light once again as this is really something that I use almost every day.
This tip should work for OS X version from Snow Leopard and up (Lion, and Mountain Lion) and is confirmed working on Lion and Mountain Lion.
Ever used the stock “Grab” app built into OS X to take a screenshot/screen grab? Well if you ever have, you will know that it saves screenshots in the high quality .TIFF format which is not only an ‘uncommon’ image format, but is time consuming, bandwidth heavy, and simply unnecessary in a lot of circumstances e.g. for sharing online.
This tweak will add a “Convert to JPEG” button into the right click ‘Context menu’ of OS X so that image conversion are just a click away! Once we are done, it will look like so:
Let’s get started:
[How To] Add a “Convert to JPEG” button to the OS X context menu
1) Open up the ‘Automator‘ app by searching for it in Spotlight (cmd + space, or in the top right of the OS X status bar)
2) Select “Service” as the document type:
3) In the ‘Service receives selected‘ window which appears, select “image files”
5) If a warning dialogue appears, click “Add“.
7) In Automator, select File > Save.
8) Enter the name you want to appear in the contet menu (see below). I chose “Convert to JPEG”
9) Close Automator, right click on a TIFF (or other file type) and you should see the context menu you created below! Congrats!
This method can also be used to convert other image types such as PNG, GIF, BMP, PICT, JPEG2, single-page PDF’s and more.
Adapted from http://www.informationweek.com/byte/…p-os/231000423Share This: