Sorting images by dimensions in Mac OS X

April 22nd, 2010

Google is great for finding pretty much any answer to any question you might have. But every now and then, usually when it comes to some technical answer, I just can’t find exactly what I’m looking for.

This happened to me today. I had a folder with hundreds of images in it and was trying to figure out how to sort them by image size – the dimensions: x pixels by y pixels. Mac OS X allows you to sort by name, size, kind, date modified, etc, but not by pixels.

So after looking at a bunch of image programs, looking into using Automator and a bunch of other crap, I finally came across a helpful post in this MacRumors thread.

Here’s what you can do (and it also shows the power of the Find function in Mac OS X)…

1) Go into the folder with all the files you want to sort.

2) Hit Command-F or go to the File menu and click “Find”

3) By default, “This Mac” will be highlighted in the Search bar that just appeared. Instead, select the folder you’re in right next to it.

4) In the drop down menu to the left, select “Other…”

Sorting images but size in Apple's Mac OS X

Select Other from the drop down menu

5) A window appears with dozens of different search attributes you can add to that menu. In the upper left, type “pixel”. You’ll see options for “Pixel height” and “Pixel width”. Click the checkboxes to the right of those and click OK.

Sorting images but size in Apple's Mac OS X

Search for pixel and check Pixel height and Pixel width

6) Now those attributes are in the drop down menu you just accessed. Select “Pixel width” and whether you want equals, is greater than, etc, and the number.

7) Click the + sign on the right of the window to add another attribute, such as “Pixel height” and enter what you’re looking for.

Sorting images but size in Apple's Mac OS X

Choose your pixel height and width criteria

The Finder window will update in real time with the results of your filters. No need to hit “OK” or “Go” or anything.

You’ll also notice a “Save” button in the upper right corner of the window. That allows you to save these search criteria. It saves it as a dynamic folder you can place anywhere. There’s even an option to add it to the sidebar that shows up on the left of all Finder windows.

Pretty cool stuff. Hopefully you found this blog post before you were ready to pull your hair out like I was…

Video showcasing living in downtown Cleveland

April 14th, 2010

As a City Advocate for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, one of my tasks is to come up with ways to promote downtown Cleveland. So when one of my fellow City Advocates had an idea to shoot a video showing a day in the life of a downtown Cleveland resident, I said, “Hey, I have a video camera, a four-year-old MacBook Pro and can hack a little bit on iMovie. I could help you with that!” Well (four months later) you have the masterpiece you see below. Enjoy.

Article about burned out streetlights in downtown Cleveland

March 4th, 2010

As much as I love living in downtown Cleveland, there are some things that irk me. One of them is burned out streetlights. Bulbs don’t last forever and I understand that. But when multiple streetlights are in a row are out for MONTHS, despite people having called CPP at 216-621-LITE to replace them, that’s just unacceptable.

So I recently wrote an article about burned out streetlights in downtown Cleveland for Examiner.com. I also did a four minute video of just a few of the problem areas: