Beyond email and browsing, there’s one basic function that I use on my Mac everyday. Compress photos. Sometimes it’s in Photoshop, other times in Fireworks, and occasionally in GraphicConverter, but I have plenty of photos and images which need to be reduced in size without much loss of detail.
One of the coolest and least expensive Mac apps that does just that and nothing else is called Compress and it couldn’t be much easier or more fun to use.
Grab a photo or photos (or any image) and drop it onto Compress in the Mac’s Dock. Up pops the tools and a side-by-side comparison screen of the original vs. the compressed file.
Photo compression is handled via the slider, right to left. To compare the original with the compressed version, simply slide the Zoom tool left or right.
Below the photo you’ll see the original file size and the compressed file size so it’s simple to get optimum compress and still retain acceptable image quality.
I don’t recall seeing a simple app with this many file output options (. jpg, jpeg, jpe, jp2, jpf, psd, png, bmp, gif, dng, tga, raw, cr2, arw, ico, icns, tif, tiff, hdr, exr, mac, pnt, pntg, targa, cur, xbm, orf, mrw, rwl, rw2, raf, crw, efx, jfax, jfx, g3, fax, dcr, erf, sr2, srf, srw, pef, nrw, nef, fff, mos, 3fr).
Compress is quick, easy, nearly flawless in execution and delivers compressed results that rival Adobe Photoshop or Fireworks (which are far more expensive).
What I would like to see are some of the Mac’s built-in Core Image enhancements to sharpen compressed images, or add some color saturation (or, other effects and filters) to compressed photos so those can be compared to the original.
Here’s the developer’s YouTube promo video of Compress in action.