JPEGmini Promises Better Compression without Visible IQ Degradation

August 30, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | 5 Comments | |
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A start-up called ICVT says it has developed new compression algorithms that promise much smaller JPEG file sizes without any visible loss of quality. As reported by Megapixel magazine, the new JPEGmini is compatible with existing JPEG specifications but allows you to preserve most of your pictures’ original image quality while achieving a considerably higher compression ratio,.resulting in approximately 80% smaller file sizes. (Of course you could achieve a similar compression ratio with existing technologies too, but IQ would suffer.) You can try the JPEGmini technology yourself, using your own photos, at the website below.

Website: JPEGmini

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#1 Carie

I recommend that people read the terms of usage for this service, specifically the following:

"You hereby grant ICVT and our designees a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable (through multiple tiers), assignable, royalty-free, fully paid-up, perpetual, irrevocable right to use, host, store, index, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works of, and display and perform your Content on the web and on mobile devices, solely in connection with our provision of the Service"

1:51 pm - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

#2 Chris

10 or 15 years ago this would have been hot. But today with 8meg broadband, gigs upon gigs of storage its JUST A POINTLESS WASTE OF TIME.

4:06 pm - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

#3 Dan

I tried this the other day, the artifacting produced in some areas was horrible. Not good at all. I guess making new jpgs from jpgs is always going to be a bad idea. If they can add their tech to Photoshop or something and you can make a jpg direct from your original document then it might be impressive. But I won't be using this service at any point.

5:49 pm - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

#4 Jonathan

After downloading their samples I thought to make it a fair comparison I should just compress the larger jpeg file which gimp believes is a 97/100 quality image. Having done this the gimp compressed image is virtually identical to the JPEGmini compressed image.

If they were serious about having created a significantly higher quality jpeg compressor than the current standards (photoshop, gimp, etc.) then they would demonstrate this by showing samples created using each tool with identical file sizes demonstrating better visual quality with their tool.

It is common with jpeg formats that at higher qualities file sizes increase rapidly with small visual gain so any jpeg compressor can take the large files from a camera and make them much smaller with minor visual effects.

12:22 pm - Wednesday, August 31, 2011

#5 Yolz

Try, you'll see that JPEGmini either doesn't even bother to actually compress your files or doesn't allow you to choose the level of quality or even worse, destroy your images with unauthorized blurring/denoising (try to "optimize" a photo with remote brick wall there).

9:38 am - Saturday, November 30, 2013