Happy New Year 2012, what happened for ObviousIdea in 2011 ?

Happy New year 2012

ObviousIdea’s team and myself wish you all the best for 2012, starting with health, love and inspiration. We want to thank all the users and providers which have helped the company to serve you.


ObviousIdea 2011 data in a glance

  •  Created in 2011 as a breakaway from VSO-Software
  •  1.5 Millions unique visitors on obviousidea.com ( according Google Analytics )
  •  More than 6 Millions of download from our own servers.
  • 12500 fans on Facebook.com/obviousidea
  •  Ranked top 40000 site on Alexa in December

It’s a special year for ObviousIdea as the company has been created in March 2011. We didn’t start from scratch as we got the ownership of known software like VSO Image Resizer and PhotoOnWeb, and we got a lot of source code we didn’t promote yet.

We have started and released complete new products, like PhotoLikr, GreenCloud pdf printer, QRCode Magic , and more are coming

in 2012 we will continue to create new products and service for desktop and mobile. We will more actively promote the existing service, and try to engage more users and find talent developers. Our challenge is to get feedback from users, to understand what we need to change and improve, to get more ideas about what to implement. Each comment, even the worst insult is important for us, as it shows we need to work again and again.

Once again, happy new year :)

Fabrice Meuwissen, CEO ObviousIdea


ObviousIdea and ads,offers and bundle – the truth about the ideal business model.

About 2 or 3 times per week, I receive emails of angry people to tell they don’t like to see ads and offers provided as a bundle with some of ObviousIdea software such as Light Image Resizer, Easy Photo Uploader or PhotoOnWeb.

First of all, we thank the persons e,who takes the time to email us to notify about this, and I m grateful for this, it allows us to remind this is a bad practice. But the truth is we are fully aware about the problem it could cause to some users.

A little bit of history, ObviousIdea is a breakaway company from VSO Software, and I succeed to get the ownership of VSO Image Resizer , PhotoOnWeb, ATOM GPS and GPS Stone because they were not profitable compared to Convert X to DVD

Despite the high volume and popularity of software like VSO Image Resizer ( now Light Image Resizer ), sales doesn’t allow to pay developpers to build new attractive products. The historic business model was to get money for this product thru a “pro” license by displaying a nag screen at every start. But the software itself doesnt contain any limit, no expiration after a trial period, no limitation in the number of runs, no limit in output format, no watermark in output images, and no functions desactivated if you are not using the pro license.

What could be the alternative business models to get revenues ? Advertisement on web site pages could be an option, whatever it’s using Google Adsense program,  it could be with premium sponsor, adult web sites, selected options, but first you need a huge traffic and in the software market it doesn’t fit, as most users will download and use the software without more visits on the publisher’s web site.

I wanted to try the sponsoring with the download which is used by the biggest software company ( see Adobe Acrobat offers, Nero in the past, even Java runtimes used to suggest some different softwares ). the difference with ObviousIdea is still the traffic volume and the access to some premium partners.

If you are teased in this article, I will ask you to continue and share your opinion in our forum ( a good way to be connected with users )

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Easy Photo Uploader for Facebook updated

Facebook seems to have updated their api graph again, and you could have this message :

“problem retrieving albums”

you can fix it by downloading the latest version of Easy Photo Uploader for Facebook :

Download  Photo Uploader for Facebook

this update is free of course, and it is highly recommanded to be compatible with Facebook

Don’t forget to follow us on  the new ObviousIdea Facebook fan page.
As usual, we are happy to hear from your, suggesting idea for new features or new program.

We are looking for beta tester using a Google account to upload their pictures ( like Picasa ) for a new software codenamed PhotoLikr – the rating machine , a software to create online gallery where you can challenge your friends to sort your pictures and select the best one.













Image Resizer updated – old VSO alternative to MS PowerToys

Image Resizer

Image Resizer

new Free Light Image Resizer, available for download now, still free and available in a lot of languages. Still a maintenance update based on thousands of users reports to improve some rare case of problems.

Check the list of latest changes of the Image Resizer in this page

You can download Light Image Resizer here , installing the new version will update your existing copy if you have already the product installed.

DownloadImage Resizer Download Light Image Resizer

Free Light Image Resizer available for download

Image Resizer

Image Resizer

No rest for Obviousidea, even a sunday ! Thanks to new users feedback and reports, we built a new Free Light Image Resizer, available for download now, still free and available in a lot of languages.

Check the list of latest changes of the Image Resizer software in this page

Light Image Resizer – – Build 2011-03-27
FIX: “Floating point division by zero” error while processing
FIX: Write permission check did not work on some drives, leading to “access denied” error
FIX: “Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window” error could occur if processing was cancelled
FIX: Overwrite prompt failed with an error about missing themes on some systems
FIX: “Profile not assigned” error after a profile has been deleted
FIX: Crash after processing was cancelled
IMPROVED: Only display error message once if writing to registry failed

You can download Light Image Resizer here , installing the new version will update your existing copy if you have already the product installed.

DownloadImage Resizer Download Light Image Resizer

PhotoOnWeb released

PhotoOnweb wall view photo gallery

PhotoOnweb wall view photo gallery

PhotoOnWeb our photo album sharing software and service has been updated to version

it introduces a new gallery viewer named “wall”. it is especially recommanded if you have a large number of pictures ( 300 pictures or more ) as it will display a tiny thumbnail ( enlarged with a lightbox when you move your mouse over it )

it’s a pure javascript rendering, it means it would be compatible with tablets, android, iPhone, iPad.

You can see a complete home-made live sample here :

of course, your suggestions are welcome, and we are working hard to improve in the near future PhotoOnWeb to be an online service to share your photo albums.

Direct download from this page :

Download PhotoOnWeb

Feel free to comment below what you would like to see in the futur version

ObviousIdea featured on Nikonians – Nikon users community

ObviousIdea featured on Nikonians – Nikon users community

Today we have been featured on the most popular Nikon Digital camera users community


Nikonians® is the community for all passionate Nikon® users, worldwide home for Nikon photographers. Our sites and services are for all of you who either suspect or know that a Nikon makes a difference. The community, its sites and operating entities are owned by Bo Stahlbrandt and José Ramón Palacios. Both of us are Nikonians, that is, we believe in Nikon technology and we use Nikon imaging equipment extensively. These sites are not related or affiliated in any way to Nikon Corporation nor to any of its subsidiaries and/or affiliates.

The unexpected result of this post, is the request about a mac OS version of Light Image Resizer, and no unfortunately we don’t have or plan for the immediate future an apple mac OS version, while ObviousIdea will be active on iPad and iPhone application to enjoy your pictures.