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    Does anyone know of any, preferably free, programs that you can run your graphics through to compress them to save on both loading time and bandwidth?

    (WebKat - I know you must have something in your bookmarks somewhere! )

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    saltire, I will assume that you are using WIndows as you did not specify.

    http://softseeksearch.zdnet.com/cgi-...esults=025&cb=

    Here is the result of a search that I did on SoftSeek. It is a software search site that allows to you filter your results by license...ie...show me only the free stuff!

    The result is already presorted for the free stuff.

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    Creole, thank you for your most informative and helpful reply. I have tried both SoftSeek and Download.com to no avail.

    Can anyone else help?

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    http://www.gifworks.com has a .gif reduction program for download, I believe. Alternatively, you can log onto http://www.netmechanic.com and click on the "GifBOT" service which will compress your files and show you the results of each compression.

    Hope this helps!
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    Saltire, unfortunately, graphics editors are not one of the types of programs one usually codes for free. I have never used it but your best bet would be to pony up $99 bucks for Paint Shop Pro. I would almost guarantee that it would have compression tools.
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    if you want to compress animated .gifs, I strongly recommend Ulead GIF Animator - it has some amazing compression capabilities.
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    ~Saltire~ Nothing beats PhotoShop or PaintShop for the best in optimizing & quality photographic manipulations -- but there is always something on the web that will make due in a pinch!

    Here are 3 online programs - Free of course - that might work for basic graphic size reduction. One even will reduce a Jpeg...

    Pegasus Online JPEG Wizard: http://www.jpegwizard.com/

    MediaBuilder GifOptimizer: http://www.gifoptimizer.com/index.html

    myImager.com - Your Everything Online Image Editor: http://www.myimager.com/
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    PSP has a great graphics compression utility built into it. Overall, PSP is a great piece of software.

    A while back, I found a few image compression tools. I think one was at http://www.xat.com but I don't remember if it was any good. There were quite a few that cost money, but a couple were free.

    Look around in your graphics editor - perhaps you'll find a way to shrink your images. Popular editors come with graphic compression utilites.

    Good luck!

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    I use Adobe's free image compression servers daily. It's at: http://webservices.adobe.com/optimize/main.html

    In my mind, nothing else (free) compares to it.

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    Thanks Marc, that's a good image optimizing resource at Adobe to remember...
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    I just found an image compressor at Spinwave

    But I would like to know which is the best one at any cost?
    I am using PhotoShop 5.5 and it seems ok but if there is a better one, than I would like to find it!!!
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    Originally posted by WebKat
    Thanks Marc, that's a good image optimizing resource at Adobe to remember...
    Anytime... I don't know what I'd do without it.

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    Originally posted by magic
    But I would like to know which is the best one at any cost?
    I am using PhotoShop 5.5 and it seems ok but if there is a better one, than I would like to find it!!!
    There are always others, but...PhotoShop is THE BEST Optimizer & Graphics Program!

    ~ If you have it, keep it ~ If you don't have it, get it ~ And take the time to learn it!...
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    Thanks Web Cat
    That's what I thought! It is almost automatic to use.
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    I understand that "free" was a word used in the original request, but if you want the "best", I recommend the software available from BoxTop http://www.boxtopsoft.com I have used their graphic compression software for about three years and it is FAR superior to the algorithm used by PhotoShop. I use all of the BoxTop products and have never found anything that comes close. ProJPEG is a tool I could not live without. The best feature is that you can visually check, in real time, the results of the compression before you apply it. If an image needs some tweaking, you'll know it before you compress it and you can choose the compression you want, by seeing it beforehand. The BoxTop tools are professional grade and are the best that I've run across. (The complete package is the cheapest way to acquire these tools - ended up buying two products and then finally giving in and purchasing the package - so I have spares...)

    Another $.02 opinion, but this is the one area I claim to know a little about.


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