A few weeks ago, I reviewed the JPGasPDF software, which converts photos into PDFs, easy for sending to relatives or just for storing. But a reader ran up against a failing.
At its simplest, Photo Caption Creator adds a panel below your photo where you can enter any details you want about the individual picture.
The program allows you to make a title for your multi-photo PDF presentation, but does nothing about identifying each photo. By coincidence, a generous California man has the answer.
Photo Caption Creator is a relatively small (1.5MB download) and extremely simple program that loads photos and allows you to add one or many captions to each one. The captions can be as simple as what you see in a newspaper, for example, or can be placed or scrawled on the photo itself.
The original version of the software leaves the original photo untouched, and invites you to enter a new filename when you save the changed photo with its caption.
It adds a panel below the photo to type or copy the caption, and the size of the panel scales to the size of the font and the number of lines you enter.
Pretty well everything can be customised, starting with the colour of the panel where you will add the caption. You can use any size, colour and style of any font you want, centred or flush left. The programme is a display of "what you see is what you get", with an editing box below the photo and simple toolbar. The finished product is displayed as you type or adjust your caption.
This reveals one of the small problems with Photo Caption Creator that I hope is fixed as author Rick Shinholt improves on his creation.
There is no word wrap, so if your caption is more than one line (which it probably is), you have to put in line breaks manually.
Mr Shinholt has, however, reworked the whole concept of the programme for Ver 2, which he offered in beta version as I wrote this.
In addition to adding the caption to the bottom of the unaltered photo _ as above _ you can now put one or many captions on the photo itself. So in a photo with several people, for example, you could put a small caption on each person to identify them. I have mixed emotions here. But if you are careful to only use copies of your photos to plaster unremoveable captions, it's a terrific feature. Otherwise, it's like writing on a paper photo with a ballpoint pen; it is forever altered. Mr Shinholt keeps Photo Caption Creator, along with a helpful, illustrated introduction to the software, at his interesting website ricksideas.com.
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