|App Name||FILEminimizer Pictures from balesio|
|App Version Reviewed||3.0 (free version)|
|Test System Specs||Windows XP Pro SP3|
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz
nVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
|Supported OSes||Win XP through 7|
|Support Methods||FAQ's, online contact form|
|Upgrade Policy||Unknown, this is a free edition|
|Trial Version Available?||This is a free version. Commercial use is not allowed.|
|Restrictions||Commercial use is not allowed. At infrequent intervals an exceedingly polite box pops up reminding you to pay for the software if you put it to commercial use.|
|Screencast Video URL||http://www.balesio.com/de...884&h=755&lang=en|
|Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product||There is none.|
Compression tool for JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG and EMF images
Who is this app designed for:
Those who have large collections of images and who want to reduce storage requirements.
Those who move images, or versions of images, across the web in some manner (posting to collections, email, etc.)
- collect files for compression by browsing or by drag and drop
- handles individual files or batches of files
- facilitates emailing of compressed files (compress and email in one step)
- pre-set compression levels for those wanting a little help
- custom compression levels for those with specific levels in mind
- optional context menu entry
It just works. The screenshot of the interface started as a jpg at 100% output quality. Its size was halved by this software, with a better result than that from just dropping the output quality to 50%.
It leaves files in their native format(s) unless given permission to do otherwise.
Can be forced to output in lossless format.
Doesn't overwrite original images, although it can be forced to do that if desired.
Can output compressed files to a user-specified folder.
Optionally automatically renames the compressed file adding a user-dictated suffix or prefix, for example ThisPic.jpg could become ThisPic (FILEminimizer).jpg.
Optionally resizes the image(s).
The needs improvement section
Limited to reading/writing the formats mentioned above, viz. JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG and EMF
Why I think you should use this product
Everyone's standards are different. You may or may not like this software so I can't say why I think you should use it. For a price of $0, however, you probably owe it to yourself to try.
How does it compare to similar apps
I can't speak with any authority here. Empirically, its performance on the test files that I used left me with the strong sense that this is better than other methods that I've tried.
A very nice personal-use freebie for those with images and who are concerned about bandwidth and/or storage capacity.
balesio has other, paid, compression software on its site. It's fortÃ© seems to be in squeezing Microsoft products such as PowerPoint and other Office components.