ImageWell – Quick Image Publishing

Written by: Chris Christensen

Categories: Reviews

picture-5.pngOne of the programs that I keep on my doc that is very helpful in updating my blog and my podcast with pictures is a simple and free program called ImageWell from Xtralean Software. ImageWell is a simple image editor that lets you resize, annotate, edit, resize and publish images.

picture-6.pngSimply drag an image onto the ImageWell icon and it will open up the program’s small main window. This window let’s you rename, resize and publish an image. Images can be published to a folder or a web site. To publish to a web site the web site needs to support FTP or WebDav (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) formats. ImageWell can also publish the image to your .Mac account. When you send the image to your web site the HTML to display that image is added to the clipboard:

<img src="" width="320" height="240"/>

You can go and paste that code into your blog or other HTML document. If you are adding this picture to a discussion board instead, you can also configure the program to send the bbcode style syntax used by many discussion boards (such as the MacCast forum):


picture-1.png ImageWell will also allow you to edit the image before publishing. You can crop, add text, add comic strip style caption balloons, add arrows or annotations.

picture-4.pngImageWell can also rotate, add shape masks like a heart (not quite as useful for your blog unless you are a 14 year old girl) and/or add a watermark.

ImageWell is not PhotoShop and will not replace it for general purpose photo editing but when you want to quickly publish a photo to your web site and reference it from an HTML document or a discussion board few programs will compete with the ease of use of ImageWell.

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  1. Dale | Nov 18 2006 - 08:54

    Awesome little program, just what I’ve been looking for!

    Thanks Chris : )

  2. steve | Nov 19 2006 - 07:41

    thanks for the tip…love the program.

  3. dodgson iDork | Nov 20 2006 - 11:44

    Just downloaded and tried it out. Thanks for the review, this is exactly what I have been looking for. I love it.

    Thanks Mark Dodgson

  4. Mark Sheppard | Nov 24 2006 - 04:18

    I’ve used this app for over a year now… Especially for the captioning feature. I’ve captioned bunches of pictures from the last 2 podcast expos… If you want to take a look, go to:

  5. chris2x | Nov 25 2006 - 12:19

    Those are great Mark!

  6. Sascha | Nov 28 2006 - 03:35

    Imagewell is a really nice app and I use it rather frequently on my iBook for quite some time now. But there is another app I use for blog pics and that is SnapNDrag from Yellow Mug Software ( It is very nice to take a quick screenshot (fullscreen, window or free selection) and put it into the clipboard. This may not be what you are looking for, but if you publish your blog entries by mail (like me) it is fast and convenient. Just paste them into the mail and your done.


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