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This is a script I put together to make it as fast and as easy as possible for a user to batch process image files using the free program Irfanview.

The program itself is already really great with a batch processing feature, but it also has CMD interfacing so that just screamed "Do an Autoit Script!" at me.


I ended up going for context menu integration so that I could have any folder auto populate its path to the script rather than relying on the user to type it or something.

There could be some better/smarter ways to do this, but this way is working for me.

It consists of two scripts, one to install the context menu and other needed things, and the other is the actual work script for processing the files.

You would need to change some of these things a bit probably for your use.

The .bat file is the file being run.

The .ini is the settings for the batch conversion

The .bat File

"i_view32.exe" "replace\*.jpg" /ini="C:\IT Automation" /advancedbatch /convert="replace\processed images\*.jpg"

The Install Script


If FileExists("C:\Program Files (x86)\IrfanView\i_view32.exe") Then

$key = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment"
$val = "PATH"
$PATH = RegRead($key, $val)

$sAddThisPath = "C:\Program Files (x86)\IrfanView"
$PATH = $PATH & ";" & $sAddThisPath


ElseIf FileExists("C:\Program Files\IrfanView\i_view32.exe") Then

$key = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment"
$val = "PATH"
$PATH = RegRead($key, $val)

$sAddThisPath = "C:\Program Files\IrfanView"
$PATH = $PATH & ";" & $sAddThisPath


    MsgBox(0, "Black Magic Automation", "Irfanview is not Detected, Install Aborted")

DirCreate("C:\IT Automation")

FileInstall("C:\My Places\Scripting\AutoIT\My Scripts\Context Menu Adding\RiskProcessReplace.bat", "C:\IT Automation\RiskProcessReplace.bat", 1)
FileInstall("C:\My Places\Scripting\AutoIT\My Scripts\Context Menu Adding\IV-INI\i_view32.ini", "C:\IT Automation\i_view32.ini", 1)
FileInstall("C:\My Places\Scripting\AutoIT\My Scripts\Context Menu Adding\BatchConvert.exe", "C:\IT Automation\BatchConvert.exe", 1)

RegWrite("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Auto Batch Convert")
RegWrite("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Auto Batch Convert", "", "REG_SZ", "Auto Batch Convert")
RegWrite("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Auto Batch Convert", "Extended", "REG_SZ", "")
RegWrite("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Auto Batch Convert", "Icon", "REG_SZ", '"C:\IT Automation\BatchConvert.exe"')
RegWrite("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Auto Batch Convert\command")
RegWrite("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Auto Batch Convert\command", "", "REG_SZ", 'C:\Windows\explorer.exe "C:\IT Automation\BatchConvert.exe"')

MsgBox(0, "Black Magic Automation", "Install is Completed, Shift Right Click Folders to use.")

And the actual working script 

#include <file.au3>

$saveClip = ClipGet()
$filesfolders = ClipGet()

DirCreate($filesfolders & "\Processed Images")
FileCopy("C:\IT Automation\RiskProcessReplace.bat", @TempDir & "\RiskProcessReplace.bat", 1)
_ReplaceStringInFile(@TempDir & "\RiskProcessReplace.bat", "replace", $filesfolders)
ShellExecute(@TempDir & "\RiskProcessReplace.bat")

Feedback is welcome, if you know a way to do this better let me know!

Of late I like  using .bat files with replace strings rather than trying any @ComSpec scripts makes life so much easier!

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Hi ViciousXUSMC,

cool Idea ! I use Irfan all the time with AutoIT because of the above mentioned reasons, your absolutely right !

couple of ideas for your your project:

  • offer a zip download with the bat's and such to make it easier for the user to install / use. 
  • your FileInstall ('s) will not work like that for anyone but you) ;)
  • anytime you (your program) install and/or change the registry you should offer an uninstall which cleans up in case the user decides to bail

Just my  $0.02 



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Bill is right.

IrfanView is an excellent program I have used for many years.

Several of my programs use it.

You could do all you want in one script. A bat file is not required either.

As for registry entries, either have a checkbox in your program to set/unset them, or have shortcuts created that do that.

I tend to use both these days and provide an uninstall routine.

Basically you need a SET function and an UNSET function in your program, accessible via command-line.

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Ok, was just sharing the concept more than anything but I will try to clean it up and package it for use by others.

As far as "all in one file" I suppose I could but it made sense to have an install and a run routine.

I know I can skip the .bat file but I have had a terrible time with ' " quote issues with @ComSpec if that is what you were intending, and this way where my .bat lives I or a user can easily make minor changes to the bat file to change how it functions without having to recompile the .exe

Any examples of what you recommended would be appreciated though, would like to see what I can learn. 

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First off, Thanks !  Your idea has pushed me to go ahead and make something I have needed for a while.

Second, be warned. I tend to oversimplify things . :ermm:

This is my version ( for my needs ) definitely a one trick pony but easily adaptable with any of the many options available in Irfan's Command Line

Does: Right click on any folder and resize all jpg's to 35 % and save to different folder on Desktop.

Add this to your registry here:  HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshell


Modify the default command (changing the desktop path to your own $$$$$)

C:\Program Files\IrfanView\i_view32.exe %1\*.jpg /resize=(35p,35p) /convert=C:\Users\$$$$$\Desktop\test2\*.jpg



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Here's something to give you an idea.

$warn = ""

$reg = IniRead($inifle, "Context Entry", "registry", "")
If $reg = "" Then
    ; Create Registry context menu entries.
    $reg = 1
    IniWrite($inifle, "Context Entry", "registry", $reg)
    ContextEntries("set", ".azw", "Scan Ebook", @ScriptFullPath)
    ContextEntries("set", ".mobi", "Scan Ebook", @ScriptFullPath)

If $CmdLine[0] <> "" Then
    $cmdlne = $CmdLine[1]
    If $cmdlne = "/unreg" Then
        If $reg = 1 Then
        ; put whatever you require here

; This is not required, except for testing your script.
If $reg = 1 And (@Compiled = 0 Or StringInStr(@ScriptDir, "\AutoIt\") > 0) Then
    ;MsgBox(262192, "Error Check", "Some Text", 0)
    $warn = 1


Func ContextEntries($job, $fext, $progname, $progpth)
    $extkey = "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\" & $fext
    $defval = RegRead($extkey, "")
    If $defval = "" And $job = "unset" Then
        MsgBox(262192, "Association Error", "Nothing is registered for the file extension passed.", 3)
        ; NOTE - If progran is not installed yet and thus associated, and is being run as an uncompiled
        ; script or from a path that includes '\AutoIt\' in the name, then Registry entry is created at
        ; program start, and then deleted at program exit. This is for script testing purposes only.
        ; NOTE 2 - Strictly speaking, in this instance, because both file extensions are using the same
        ; Amazon program, setup of Registry entry only needs to be run once, though it happens twice by
        ; current default code, for both create and delete. Without devoting too much thought to this,
        ; I have decided it is best to leave code as is, just in case.
        $keyname = "File." & StringReplace($progname, " ", ".")
        ;MsgBox(262192, "$keyname", $keyname, 0)
        If $defval = "" Then
            ; File extension is not associated with a program, so create association for current program.
            $ext = StringMid($fext, 2)
            $extfle = $ext & "file"
            RegWrite($extkey, "", "REG_SZ", $extfle)
            ; File extension is associated with a program already.
            $extfle = $defval
        $regkey = "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\" & $extfle & "\shell\" & $keyname
        $entry = "Use " & $progname
        $progpth = '"' & $progpth & '" ' & '"' & "%1" & '"'
        $defval = RegRead($regkey, "")
        If $job = "set" And $defval = "" Then
            ; Try to create a Registry entry for this program.
            $comkey = $regkey & "\command"
            $defval = RegRead($comkey, "")
            If $defval = $progpth Or $defval = "" Then
                ; Create a Registry entry for this program.
                RegWrite($regkey, "", "REG_SZ", $entry)
                RegWrite($comkey, "", "REG_SZ", $progpth)
                MsgBox(262192, "Association Failed", "Path of associated Program is for another location!" & @LF & "(auto exit in 3 seconds)", 3)
        ElseIf $job = "unset" And $defval = $entry Then
            ; Try to remove a Registry entry for this program.
            $comkey = $regkey & "\command"
            $defval = RegRead($comkey, "")
            If $defval = $progpth Then
                ; Remove a Registry entry for this program.
                ; Show warning only once, when using a script or running in AutoIt projects folder.
                If $warn = 1 Or $warn = "" Then
                    If $warn = 1 Then $warn = 2
                    MsgBox(262192, "Unset Association Failed", "Path of associated Program is for another location!" & @LF & "(auto exit in 3 seconds)", 3)
            ; Could not create or remove a Registry entry.
            If $defval <> $entry And $defval <> "" Then
                MsgBox(262192, "Association Failed", "Keyname belongs to another program! " & @LF & $defval & @LF & "(auto exit in 4 seconds)", 4)
EndFunc ; => ContextEntries

Func UnregisterAssociations()
    $reg = ""
    IniWrite($inifle, "Context Entry", "registry", $reg)
    ContextEntries("unset", ".azw", "Scan Ebook", @ScriptFullPath)
    ContextEntries("unset", ".mobi", "Scan Ebook", @ScriptFullPath)
EndFunc ;=> UnregisterAssociations

Hopefully I didn't miss anything or overlook something, when extracting it from a much larger script.

This is for automatically setting registry associations for two ebook extensions only (adjust as needed).

To unset, you just use the command-line, either by a shortcut with the '/unreg' parameter or some uninstaller script.

You could also have a checkbox in your program, to do the set or unset.

Comments hopefully explain well enough, why some things are the way they are.

WARNING - Obviously you need to sort out declarations (Global, etc) for variables yourself.

And don't presume the code will work without checking it first and making any required adjustments for your situational need.

Edited by TheSaint

AutoIt.4.Life Clubrooms - Life is like a Donut (secret key)

Make sure brain is in gear before opening mouth!
Remember, what is not said, can be just as important as what is said.


What is the Secret Key? Life is like a Donut

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Ignoring those who try to divert conversation with irrelevancies.
If I'm intent on insulting you or being rude, I will be obvious, not ambiguous about it.
I'm only big and bad, to those who have an over-active imagination.

I may have the Artistic Liesense ;) to disagree with you. TheSaint's Toolbox (be advised many downloads are not working due to ISP screwup with my storage)


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