This is an overview of how to use Pixillion to convert your files from one format to another. Keep in mind that Pixillion is designed to learn from you as you go. It will remember your settings from each time you convert so that repeated tasks are faster for you.

Adding and Removing Files

To convert your image files into the desired format, begin by adding files into the file list window. Either click the Add File(s) button, or select File -> Add File(s) from the menu. You may also click the Add Folder button to add all image files contained in the specified folder.

Once your files have been added, if you wish to remove any of them, select the files and either click the Remove button, or select File -> Remove Selected File(s) from the menu. To select multiple files at once, press the Ctrl key and left-click on the files you want to select. To highlight all the files, either select File -> Select All from the menu, or press Ctrl + A.

Selecting an Output Folder

Near the bottom of the main window, there is a field labeled Output folder, where you can specify the file directory where converted files will be stored. You can either type in the desired folder, or you can click the Browse button below the field. Doing so will bring up a window where you can browse for the destination directory on your hard drive. The last several directories you have chosen in the past are stored in a drop-down list, and can be accessed by clicking the arrow on the right edge of the text field.

Selecting an Output Format

The field labeled Output Format is where you can select the desired output file format for your files.

If the selected codec has adjustable options, by clicking the Compression Settings... or Encoder Settings... button, a dialog will appear detailing the options you can change.

The following image codecs have adjustable options:

Adjusting Output Effects

Click the Effects button to adjust settings that affect the appearance of the converted image, such as resizing, rotation, text, and watermarking (see Image Effects for more details).

Converting Files

Once you have set the output folder and format, you can then select the files from the list you want to convert, and either click the Convert button, or select File -> Convert from the menu. If you click the Convert button without any files selected, all files in the list will be converted by default. Any effects, options, output settings or list changes that occur during a conversion will affect future conversions and not the existing conversion.

Note: Pixillion will stop your computer going to sleep during conversion. At the end of conversion your normal computer sleep timer will sleep the computer as required after the period of no activity.

Resizing Files

You can do batch resizing image files with Pixillion by combining functions of Adjusting Output Effects and Converting Files. Make sure you select the output format as the same with the input format. Click the Resize button from the toolbar. Set your resize options for output images (see Image Effects for more details). When finish setting, click on OK button to back to the main screen and click Convert button to produce resized images. Alternatively, you can do resizing via Scale options of the Adjusting Output Effects dialog.

Combine Files

You can select File -> Combine images from the menu to combine all selected images to a single TIFF, PDF or DOCX. You can rearrange the order of the images in the Combine Images dialog. Note: Only when you select 2 files or more in the list and set TIFF, PDF or DOCX as the output format, the menu Combine images... will be enabled.

Failed Conversions

The conversion status column in the image file list will report success, failure or which images are queued for the current conversion.

If images fail with a "Save failed" message, then you might need to specify an alternative output folder.

"Load failed" messages will occur if Pixillion determines that the image is either corrupt or is actually a different file format disguised as an image.

If a conversion has a status of "Skipped", then Pixillion aborted conversion on that image because an existing image of the same name already exists (see Program Options/Preferences for more details).

Preview File

You can preview the selected image in a new window by double clicking it or selecting "Preview selected image" in the context menu.

In the preview window, move the slider bar to change the zoom level or use shortcut Ctrl+Mouse Wheel.

In the preview window, press the X button at the top right corner to close the window or use shortcut Esc button.