May 27 2014

Compressor.io: Free Tool Reduces The File Size of Your JPEG, PNG, GIF or SVG by up to 90 Percent

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A new web app by not so unknown Stephane Lyver delivers automatic image optimization for the common formats JPEG, PNG, GIF and SVG. The compression is able to either work lossy or lossless. The strength of compression is not adjustable by the user, Compressor.io will always try to reduce to the max. And this works astonishingly perfect…

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Compressor.io: Web App Based on Recent Technology

Stephane Lyver is a 25 year old front-end developer from France, recently on the look-out for a full-time occupation in Australia. Compressor.io is not his first personal project. Besides quite a number of successfully finished client projects, Stephane is also the mind behind DBfreebies.co, Q-R-Code.fr and Iconsparadise.com. Technically he prefers to work with HTML5/CSS3 and AngularJS, as well as PHP and jQuery. Stephane’s toolbox is up to date, no doubt about that. Finding a job down under shouldn’t be too difficult, I suppose.

Compressor.io is a fully automated optimizer, trained to reduce the most common image formats to the smallest possible size. The promise is, that even in lossy mode, the difference will not be visible to the eye. Although this may be a bit over the top, I successfully tested a JPEG to be reduced by 82 percent, with very little visible losses. For web use this is totally satisfying.

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Compressing JPEG and PNG can also be done in lossless mode. Possible file size reductions are smaller then. Under the hood of Compressor.io you’ll find familiar faces, such as pngquant or JpegOptim. What makes the difference is the automatically done intelligent choice of the best technology on a given image.

Once a file is reduced in size, you can store it to your Google Drive, your Dropbox or plain download it. Check the two halfs of the compressed image visually, where the left side shows the uncompressed, the right side the compressed image. I couldn’t distinguish too many differences.

Compressor.io: More Features Planned

Stephane works on bringing you Compressor.io s a desktop app for offline use. In the future it will also be possible to upload a batch of photos in one go. Today you can only upload one file after another, which consumes quite a bit of time. Furthermore, the upload limit of 10 mb per file is supposed to get elevated.

All in all, Compressor.io is a good solution for compressing the most common image formats. With future enhancements, it might even grow to become the place you go to when you need the best results in file compression. At the time of this writing, I still rely on TinyPNG and JpegMini to achieve the best results. I’ll be waiting for the batch uploads feature and the offline app. But anyway, already today Compressor.io is a very capable solution.

See for yourself…

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About the Author

Dieter Petereit is Noupe's Editor-In-Chief and a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called webdesign and has carried on ever since. Almost a decade ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. Dieter is a heavy G-Plusser, so why not meet him over there?

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Comments and Discussions
  • Andrew, 27 May 2014

    Can you clear up for me some of the reasons why you need image compression? I’ve designed sites without using an image compression tool like this. Am I doing it wrong? Is this something you would recommend everyone does every time or only for big images that slow load time ? Either way thanks for making me aware of this technology

  • Eleonora, 28 May 2014

    Interesting. I’ve been using for years jpegmini.com, which works really well and has a desktop app, too.
    Do you know how Compressor.it differs from JpegMini?

    • Dieter Petereit, 28 May 2014

      We’ve covered JpegMini here, too. And JpegMini is great. But as the name says, it is JpegMini. Compressor.io is for Jpeg, PNG, GIF and SVG.

  • FJ, 28 May 2014

    I use Imageoptim (http://imageoptim.com/)

  • Tim, 28 May 2014

    Tried this and compared with Photoshop. The results are nearly identical. No reason to use this if you have Photoshop. Lossless compression didn’t reduce my JPEG sizes at all. Lossy reduced the quality of the image considerably and with the same results as Photoshop.

  • sonesh, 03 June 2014

    This is really helpful software for blogger or for those who upload images on intertnet

    Thanks for sharing

  • George, 07 June 2014

    I’ve been using http://kraken.io for a year now. It is by far my favorite online optimizers – the only one with a “proper” API and bulk tool.

  • Raymond Maly, 17 November 2014

    I think that the image quality after compression is very good.

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