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Gravity Forms Image Cropper Plugin Reviews

Description

Find the right Gravity Forms Image Cropper with this comparison of Image Croppers for Gravity Forms.

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Tools Used

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Gravity Forms - Any License

Gravity Forms Smart Uploads

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Gravity Perks - Any License

GF File Upload Pro

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Image Hopper - Ultimate + Editor License

Review

Replacing Slim Image Cropper for Gravity Forms

As you may have heard, Slim Image Cropper for Gravity Forms is no longer available from the developer. I wrote a review about two replacement options that offer image resizing and image preview. You can read that review on the GravityView blog. This post is all about image croppers available for Gravity Forms.

My review of Slim Image Cropper for Gravity Forms has been my most popular post since the day I published it. In addition, I personally own about half a dozen licenses of it for various sites that I develop. So in addition to wanting to provide a thorough review of the options available, I needed to find a suitable replacement for my own needs!

I have been able to get hands-on experience with each of these plugins. Below I will detail my findings.

The Contenders

Listed in alphabetical order so as not to appear to play favorites. 🙂

Gravity Forms Smart Uploads ($49.99 for 1 site)

This plugin is developed by GravityMore. This developer offers a number of plugins related to Gravity Forms, but this is my first experience working with any of them. Of the three contenders, this plugin has been around the longest, but I suspect it has gained less traction because the developer is not as well known as the others.

I purchased a copy of this plugin to test it out.

GF File Upload Pro ($49 for 1 Perk on 1 site)

This plugin is a Perk available from Gravity Wiz, a certified Gravity Forms developer. GF File Upload Pro is a brand new perk, but builds on the Gravity Perks framework that has been available for years. Gravity Wiz has developed a slew of plugins that enhance Gravity Forms known as Perks. They are known for their top-rate support.

I was able to install this plugin as part of the Pro License I already owned.

Image Hopper ($299 for 100 sites)

This is a new plugin developed by the certified Gravity Forms developer behind Gravity PDF. This plugin was developed specifically as a replacement for Slim Image Cropper for Gravity Forms.

I was given access a pre-production release of this plugin by the developer.

 

Front End View

A quick look at the front end of each option.

Gravity Forms Smart Uploads

Pre-Upload

Post-Upload

GF File Upload Pro

Pre-Upload

Post-Upload

Image Hopper

Pre-Upload

Post-Upload

Back End View & Feature Review

A look at the back end and features offered by each plugin.

Gravity Forms Smart Uploads

Gravity Forms Smart Uploads includes the following features standard to Gravity Forms file upload field:

  • restricting file extensions
  • restricting maximum number of files
  • restricting maximum file size

By default the field accepts multiple files, so that option is not included.

Front-end features include:

  • image preview
  • image cropping
  • image rotating
  • drag and drop reordering of images

GF File Upload Pro

There are two settings tabs for GF File Upload Pro.

The General tab includes the standard Gravity Forms File Upload field settings. Enable Multi-File Upload must be checked to enable GF File Upload Pro settings on the Perks tab. However, you can set the maximum number of files to 1 if you don’t actually want multiple files allowed. These are the Gravity Forms File Upload standard field settings allowed in this plugin:

  • restricting file extensions
  • restricting number of files
  • restricting maximum file size

The second set of settings are visible on the Perks tab (pictured below). There you can enable the following settings:

  • Enable File Upload Pro
  • Enable Cropping

Front-end features include:

  • image preview
  • image cropping

Note that GF File Upload Pro works with all types of file uploads, not just images.

Also note, images can be saved to the WordPress Media Library with an additional Perk called GF Media Library.

Image Hopper

Image Hopper includes the following features standard to Gravity Forms File Upload field:

  • restrict number of files
  • restrict maximum file size

The plugin adds these additional features:

  • set default dimensions for files 
  • an option to crop the resize to your specified dimesions or to keep the image’s original proportions when resizing
  • downgrade image quality from 0 to 100
  • option to enable or disable the image editor
  • granular control over features available in the image editor, including
    • crop
    • rotate
    • filter
    • markup
    • resize
  • option to set default editor view based on image editor features selected

Future Releases

GF File Upload Pro

The current version of GF File Upload Pro is Beta 1. Additional features are planned for Beta 2. Among them are setting default image dimensions and setting minimum image sizes, both on the backend.

Support

Sometimes I find the support quality to be more valuable than the plugin itself… a plugin might be great, but if you run into an issue and can’t get a response from support, it doesn’t do you much good. Here’s a quick summary of my experience with support for each of these plugins.

Gravity Forms Smart Uploads

I ran into an issue when testing this plugin and reached out to the developer. The response time and the support were both good.

GF File Upload Pro

I’ve been a fan of Gravity Wiz support for years, and this plugin is no exception. I could write a whole post gushing about their support (and maybe someday I will), but for now take my word for it: they are not kidding when they say “Gravity Perks is zealously supported”!

Image Hopper

I reached out to support with questions about the plugin before the Ultimate + Editor version was released. I was impressed with their responsiveness and eagerness to help. 

The Best Image Cropper for Gravity Forms

Of course this is a subjective answer depending on your needs. 🙂

If you already own a Gravity Perks Advanced or Pro license, then GF File Upload Pro would be a no-brainer starting point.

If you don’t have a Gravity Perks license already, then Gravity Forms Smart Uploads and Gravity Perks come in at the same price point, so it could come down to a feature comparison.

Image Hopper is the most expensive of the bunch, but comes with the features to match the price point. We’ve only really looked at the cropping and rotating capabilites in this review, but there is much more available in this plugin (test it out and get the full details by clicking the link). If you have extensive image editing needs for your Gravity Form, then this is the plugin for you.

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