We are living in the age of digital photos. Indeed, according to this report from KPCB analyst Mary Meeker, in 2014, we uploaded and shared more than 1.8 billion photos per day. In 2015, this number will undoubtedly keep growing.
As more photos are being shared, the demand for photo compression is also higher. Typically, photos are compressed to become smaller in file size so that they can be served faster over the Internet.
That higher demand has led to the appearance of thousands of online and offline photo compressors. One of the best, in my opinion, is JPEGmini.
Keep on reading for more information about this handy tool!
What Is JPEGmini?
JPEGmini is a patent-pending photo compressor that greatly reduces the size of a photo (the compression ratio can be up to 80%, depending on photo resolution) while retaining much of its visual quality.
3 Good Things about JPEGmini
- Easy to use: It’s a breeze to process photos with the drag-and-drop user interface.
- Keep original quality: There is no big difference between the original photo and its compressed version.
- Resize and export photos: Resizing photos and exporting them to your specific folder are made possible by this built-in option.
Where to Download
- For Windows users: Free version of JPEGmini for Windows.
- For Mac users: Free version of JPEGmini for Mac.
How to Use JPEGmini
Just drag and drop a photo or even a folder of photos to the main interface of the tool. JPEGmini will take care of the rest.
There is nothing to configure except switching between the 2 operation modes: Optimize Originals and Export to Folder.
To see these 2 operation modes, click on the settings icon in the top-left corner of the tool then press on “Preferences…” menu item.
- Optimize Originals: This is the default operation mode. It’s impossible to compress and resize photos at the same time when using this mode. Note that the original photo will be replaced by the compressed one.
- Export to Folder: This mode lets you choose your desired location to store photos. It also lets you tick the checkbox “Resize Photos”, which enables JPEGmini to resize your compressed photos to preset sizes, custom width, or custom height.
Drawbacks of the Free Version
- Only support JPEG file format (of course).
- A registration reminder pops up every time JPEGmini is opened. Just tick the “Use JPEGmini free version” checkbox then click the “Continue” button will do the job. Still, the reminder is really annoying.
- 20 are the maximum numbers of photos that you can process each day. Personally, I’ve never exceeded that limit.
JPEGmini on the Web
Do you know that JPEGmini is also available online for free? The online version, which is called JPEGmini Web, allows uploading your full albums and sharing them on Picasa and Flickr.
What are you waiting for? Click on this address and give it a shot!
Now, It’s Your Turn
I have 2 short questions for you.
- Have you tried JPEGmini yet? If yes, does it meet your expectation?
- What photo compressors are you using? I’d love to discover more of them.
So, let’s share your answers in the comments below!