First, though, consider photo and image file formats. Sometimes those file sizes get enormous, which makes them more difficult to share, post online, and store. Photos in particular can be huge in size, but easily compressed to a more manageable, shareable size– with the right utility.
What’s In A Name?
Among the many dozens of Mac photo utilities which compress photos to a more usable, shareable size is one called Squish. Squish, as in reduce, compress, shrink, to make smaller. Squish is a cute name for a utility which many Mac users with photos to share can use.
Squish works just like you’d expect a user-friendly app to work. Drag and drop. Drag the photos you want to squish, or compress, onto Squish and it reduces the file size. That makes Squish a preferred choice for sending photos, saving files space on your Mac or backup, or getting the most of photos on an external flash drive to share with others.
Drag and drop and Squish squishes using standard .JPG images, and the results are typical for .JPG photo files (or, any kind of standard Mac image file). My experience says that such apps can reduce a 1-megabyte photo down to about 200k without losing much noticeable quality. That means a 5-megabyte photo can be reduced to less than a megabyte; making it much easier to transport.
Yes, it’s possible to reduce file sizes even more, but that usually degrades the visual quality of the photo, making it more grainy and blurry. Squish does the reduction just right so both the original and compressed photo look almost exactly the same side by side.
Squish is priced about right for total ease-of-use, but I’d like to see a few granular controls and settings including so I can decide how far I want the compression to go.
Also, the Squish app icon doesn’t match the name Squish. Yes, I get it that one can squish all the juice from an orange, but in this case the icon is of a peeled orange, not a squished orange.