GreenCloud printer, January 2012 stats

GreenCloud printer is the latest ObviousIdea’s app, and we are proud of it. The green pdf software is available to download since the end of December. Therefore, we have at least one full month ( january 2012 ) to make a first list of the statistic data.

greencloud savingGreenCloud printer usage In January 2012 :
‘k’ means you need to multiply by 1000 to get the exact total.

116k pages printed. In average, the printed document has 2,7 pages
15k pages not printed
2k pages sent by email
8k users ran the software 1 time
5,6k users used the software several times in the month.

91% of print jobs are really printed to a physical printer
7% of print jobs are saved as PDF format.

59% of sessions are 1-page-only job, but it represents only 24% of the volume of total paper printed.

The documents of more than 10 pages represents 28% of pages

11% only of sessions are forced in Black&White
10% of sessions use the n-up ( print several pages side by side on the same face of the sheet papers )

Despite nearly 60% of printers reports to be able to do 2-side printing, only 6% of people select this option.

General Data conversion ( things you need to know to convert the data into more “real world” unit)

Average cost of a printed sheet with inkjet printer : 0.12€

A typical paper rearm in real world conversion.

1 Paper Rearm = 500 sheets of paper = 2,5 Kg  = cost in paper 4€ = Cost in ink  60€ = Cost in Tree  6%  = 10L of water to produce it

Source Easytri , LesNumériques


It’s only the first month, but there is already interesting trends. Some options aren’t used a lot ( 2-side, B&W ) despite it is activable in 1 click in the main screen. It means some ergonomic maniac could find some tips to improve this over the time and the next version. The software hasnt been heavely promoted yet, and hasn’t yet promoted by French organization such as ADEME

Continue to discuss about it and see some tips in our forum





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 ( according Google Analytics )
  •  More than 6 Millions of download from our own servers.
  • 12500 fans on
  •  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


Light Image Resizer testimonials

That’s what our users think about Light Image Resizer, your opinion is valuable for us
Please add your own testimonial at the bottom of this page

Posted on Facebook wall, 28th of December 2011
Ulf Gruber
i like the image resizer….the last years i worked with fotosizer….now i deleted fotosizer….thanks…..

Received by Email, 3rd of February 2012

a nice tool to re-size multiple images quick and easily with multiple options for deciding the final output from the defaults built in and being able manually adjust the sizes as required in either percent, pixels, or inches. makes the task of resizing photos for email quick and painless task. also like the additional features to tweak the image colors with the sepia effect and having the options to easily apply custom watermarks and borders to my images.
John O. S , cork, Ireland

Received by email, the 17th of March 2012

 I already use the VSO Image Resice since a long time ago. I use this to optimice the size of the images of all my webs and economice a lot of space and bandwith.

My webs have literaly millons of hits, then a simply one kB of size can economice you GB of Bandwith every mont.

Only the top right corner of the web
(a image of 800 bytes) use 1 Gb of bandwich every month. Then Optimice the size of the images of you web is a Very Very Importante Point to make the web Quick and to Save your money in the Bandwith.

 A Big Hug! Rev. Dr. Ignacio Glez.

Another great use by Schoolzine clients from Australia, Nick Aitkin, Head of production, received the 23rd of February 2012

 The light image resizer has been a valuable tool for over 200 Schoolzine clients. We required a program that could process batches of images easily to specific dimensions with out compromising the images quality. The user friendly interface allows our users with minimal computer knowledge to process large amounts of images with a few simple clicks.

Received by email the 19 of April 2012

Thanks for an awesome product! I had to purchase simply to support it’s development :)

It’s about the quickest and simplest tool I’ve used for image resizing and compression. We are a photography business, and as such each photo shoot is uploaded to personal galleries for our clients. Light Image Resizer is already saving us over 8-10 minutes per job over our previous workflow. THANKS!

PS I found you through a Google search for ‘Image Resizer’.

All the best, and thanks again :)

Grant – Operations Manager – Angela Hawkey Photography – Brisbane Australia –

GreenCloud Printer is available for download

GreenCloud Printer is our new product, it’s a eco-friendly driver for your printer. It works with all the printers of the market, and you can save paper, ink, and trees by previewing with always the same dialog your printing job.

it’s also a PDF creating tool to replace your existing solution. You can choose in 1 click each page you need to print or not, but it also detects automatically the page with no contents (like when you print a web page, or an email and don’t need the footer and ads following the real content)

but it’s not finished ! it is also a cloud uploader, so you could send directly your new doc to Google Docs, Dropbox, or by email using the internal PDF virtual driver.

it’s a new software, so we need feedback to improve it. you can download and check the video of GreenCloud printer

It’s free and available now !

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 )

Continue to read on the forum…

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New Facebook resolution images uploader

Easy Photo Uploader for Facebook has been updated to support the new resolution available by default by Facebook new viewer
from 720px  it is now  960px
you can find more information on this article of Mashable

You can download the new Easy Photo Uploader for Facebook which is a maintenance release :


Here a part of the change log

v0.9.9.1 - 2011-08-29
UPDATE: new Facebook image resolution (960 px)
UPDATE: increased image quality
FIX: application crash on close
v0.9.8.4 - 2011-08-26
FIX: selection of default account

Easy Photo Uploader updated to

A maintenance release for Easy Photo Uploader is available.

it’s the version , we know some people complains about updates. but it is required when we detect a problem ( which is not that easy as few people reports about issues or don’t want to help to reproduce the problem )

Facebook api is changing and sometimes things working before doesn’t anymore.

A frequent question is if it is possible to post pictures to a fan page, and from what we are aware it is not possible directly. You need to send picture to your account (personnal ) then, share the album with your fan page.

Download this new version from Facebook uploader page

Download Photo uploader

You can check the complete history change, but basically, it improves the connection to Facebook authentication

It also improve a problem with the link generated by Facebook to open the albums once uploaded.