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…
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.
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…
- Compressor.io | Reduces Images by up to 90% of Their Original Size
- PNG Optimization Online and Local: Can CompressPNG and ImageAlpha Dethrone TinyPNG? | Noupe Magazine
Dieter Petereit is 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 web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.