In many cases, though, the compression settings are a simple slider bar or a numeric percentage, and you may not have an opportunity to view a side-by-side original vs. compressed image. That’s why I like using Compress. Cheap and easy image compression.
Side-by-Side Before & After
There’s just something special about a side-by-side comparison of graphic images or photos where the original is displayed next to the enhanced version.
Compressing images from original size to a smaller, lighter version saves plenty of space, but also reduces quality from the original.
JPG images work that way. However, it’s often possible to reduce a JPG photo by 90-percent with little visible loss in quality.
The key word is visible, which is exactly what makes Compress’ side-by-side option so useful. Adjust the compression ratio and view the difference between the original and the compressed image.
It’s rather simple to take, say, a 2-megabyte photo and reduce it to less than 10-percent of that size and not be able to see much difference from the original.
Is it possible for controls to be much easier to use? Add a photo to Compress, select the compression, use the slider bar to compress, and use the zoom slider to view the image up close.
Compress also displays the file size of the image before and after compression so you can see the trade-off between compression and size vs. image quality. As a tool for graphic designers, Compress makes quick work of JPG files, but that’s it. There’s no option to compress PNG or GIF files.
It’s simple, basic JPG image compression with no frills, no extras, and no learning curve.