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Netflix and Android - chromecast, downloading, profiles - close to perfection!

Netflix and Android have always had a great relationship, but over recent years the app has really gone from strength to strength. The interface is fantastic and the feature set continues to grow in meaningful ways, making it one of my must-have apps.
The first example that comes to mind is obviously Chromecast support. Now this isn’t a Netflix exclusive option, and it is supported well in many media apps, but Netflix and Chromecast work so seamlessly well together that I struggle to think about how I survived before the pairing existed!
Next is the newly integrated ‘Download’ option, which allows users to download content and watch it on the go without a data connection.  Honestly, Netflix kicked it out of the park with this one – it could not be easier to use, it includes all the right settings (save to SD, definition quality control, etc) – and best of all it is all within the existing price brackets. I almost feel they could have charged extra for this service alone – but am ext…

Photo Resizer HD

Today's app of the day is Photo Resizer HD.

You can tell a developer has really nailed it when their application feels like it 'came with the phone' - meaning it is so seamlessly integrated and designed with the user in mind that it doesn't even feel like an app, but instead a 'feature'. This is the exact feeling I got when using Photo Resizer HD - a fantastic new Android application that makes resizing images from your mobile device as easy as can be.

If you are anything like me, phones are for photos more than they are for calls these days, and once taken my pictures end up all over the net, being emailed or shared with family and friends. Unfortunately, this destroys the data caps of my mobile plan, because as cameras have increased in MegaPixels, they have also increased in megabytes! It does not take too many pictures being uploaded, shared or emailed before gigabytes of valuable data can dissapear, not to mention the time it takes to upload the images in the first place.

Photo Resizer HD makes those problems a thing of the past, allowing you to quickly manipulate images and convert them to a more 'usable' size - perfect for using online. Not only can single images be converted, but the real magic happens when you can do batch conversions. This sort of thing is often a real pain even on a PC, so to have a free application carry out the task seamlessly is nothing short of incredible.

Other than general resizing (by that, I mean reducing the quality of an image so it takes up less disk space), there is also the ability to crop images, making it not just a good photo sharing tool, but also a pretty handy photo manipulation app. 

All in all, this is an excellent Android app - well worth checking out! It looks great, works flawlessly and offers an overall excellent user experience. 

 In the words of the developer:

Photo Resizer HD is simple and easy to use application for resizing single and multiple images.
With this app you can resize/shrink your photos before sending them by Email or uploading them to Facebook , Twitter or any other social services.
- Batch resize multiple photos. (If you want to batch resize multiple images , you have to select them in the gallery and then share them to "Photo Resizer HD")
- Photo Editing Tools – Rotate, Crop, Horizontal and Vertical Flip.
- Sharpen photos after resize
- Configurable size and quality
- Keep EXIF tags
- Save reduced images to SD card 
- Share photos to Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, Google+, Mail and many other apps.

1. How to batch resize multiple photos: 
- select photos in your gallery app, 
- share them to “Photo Resizer HD” 
-set parameters and press “Shrink” button to resize your photos.
2. How to launch “Photo Resizer HD” from mail app:
- tap on attach button in your mail app 
- choose 'Photo Resizer HD'
- choose a Gallery (or other viewer) and select an image.

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