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and to provide a product reviewer with all necessary information.
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- What is Image Compressor?
- Who uses Image Compressor?
- Getting started
- Points of interests
- Customer's testimonials
- Availability and pricing
- About MasRizal & Partners, the creator of Image Compressor
1. What Is Image Compressor?
Image Compressor is a powerful and easy to use software product
that lets you view, compare, retouch and compress your digital photos.
Image Compressor also provides screen capture functionality, web photo album creation and automatic image to email attachment compression tool.
Image Compressor increases productivity of a person who works with digital photo.
By integrating all common photography tasks in one software, people can view their photos, compare one photo to another, retouch if required and finally
Image Compressor decreases the time and cost a person usually waste on switching between application to work with their photos.
And as the consequences of compressed image created by Image Compressor, people can save their storage space, and reduce bandwidth when transfering their photos
either using email, FTP or upload to photo sharing websites.
The power of Image Compressor lies is in its core engine. We call it Digital Eye.
Using Digital Eye, Image Compressor automatically compress photo to JPEG without sacrificing quality.
Digital Eye makes sure the compressed image looks as good as the uncompressed one, while minimizing the file size up to only 8% of the original image.
Using standard JPEG format, the compressed image can be viewed directly by others without requiring additional software.
2. Who Uses Image Compressor?
Digital cameras is now an essential communications device for consumers. Consumers use digital photos into their daily communications with friends and family and for work.
As estimated by InfoTrends Research Group, the number of digital camera customers may reach 82 million units in 2008.
Thanks to the rapid advances in technology, digital camera is becoming more and more powerful these days.
With growing numbers in digital camera's resolution, now we can easily find a cheap 7 mega pixels digital camera in every camera shop around the world.
What does this growing mega pixels means? Larger photo file size!
That is why people have a need for such a software as Image Compressor.
Image Compressor is for casual digital camera user, hobbyist, professional photographer or even people who does not have digital camera
but store pictures on their computer. Image Compressor is intended for a broad range of digital photograhpy users who want to have a better control of their photos.
Whether they want to view their photos, compare them, make them looks better by retouching, until finally they want to compress their photos.
Image Compressor provides them all.
3. Getting Started
The system requirements to run Image Compressor are as follows:
- Pentium III processor
- VGA display
- 64 MB RAM
- 16 MB hard disk space for installation
- Microsoft Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 or Vista
Installing Image Compressor is very easy. Just execute the installation package, and continue with the steps.
People should be able to complete the installation in less than 3 minutes.
Figure 6. Image Compressor 2008 Installation
After installation completed, launch Image Compressor.
Users will be presented with a quick start guide which should be able to help in understanding Image Compressor work flow.
Figure 7. Quick Start Guide
4. Points Of Interests
The following list of Image Compressor's full functionalities may give you a better understanding of what benefits a user can expect from the program:
4.1 Fast & Comprehensive Image Viewer
Image Compressor 2008 is the choice for viewing your large collection of photos.
Image Compressor provides a complete non-destructive image viewer utility. It let you zoom, rotate and flip your images without destructing the image itself. No matter how many times you view the image, the image quality will still intact.
Image Compressor supports all major image file formats, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Kodak, Pentax, and other digital cameras RAW image.
Figure 8. Image Viewer
Figure 9. Maximized Image Viewer
4.2 Side By Side Image Comparison
Comparing image has never been easier.
With Image Compressor image compare function, user can compare and directly view the differences between two images simultaneously.
Image Compressor also keep tracks of the viewport. Once you scroll one image, the other image being compared will automatically scroll too.
So you will not lose the part which you want to compare.
Figure 10. Comparing 2 Images
Scientific image comparison also provided by Image Compressor:
- Peak Absolute Error (PAE) over one pixel.
- Peak Signal to noise ratio (PSNR).
- Mean absolute error (MAE), average channel error distance.
- Mean squared error (MSE), averaged squared error distance.
- Root mean squared error (RMSE)
Figure 11. Scientific Analysis Between 2 Images
4.3 Photo Retouching Functions
Almost all photograph can benefits from retouching,
whether it's to correct color problems or make major changes to portion area of a photo.
Using Image Compressor, you can correct and enhance photos easier and faster.
Image Compressor retouch function is easy for beginner and powerful for professionals.
Here is list of functions available in Image Compressor retouch mode:
- Resize image, canvas or trim out spaces in your photo
- Rotate and flip photo. Fix photo orientation from landscape to portrait and vice versa
- Automatic white balance adjustment, gain and histogram equalization
- Convert photo to negative, black and white, greyscale, sepia
- Merge and blend more than one image all together
- Fine tune color balance, lighting and warmth of your photo
- Fix red-eye
- Add text and annotations to your image
- Remove noise, blur, sharpen, soften your portrait
- and many more...
Figure 12. Photo Retouching In Image Compressor
Take a look at the left portion of this photo, and compare with the right one.
The right area is the portion retouched by Image Compressor by adding warmth automatically.
Many Image Compressor retouch functions are utilizing Image Compressor core brain: Digital Eye.
Digital Eye applies the selected retouch function, and analyze the photo to make it look beautiful.
Image Compressor 2008 Pro Edition also added compatibility with Adobe Photoshop Filter.
You can use free Photoshop filter directly inside Image Compressor 2008 to give effects you want.
Figure 13. Use Photoshop Filter With Image Compressor
4.4 Create Web Photo Album
Image Compressor 2008 creates web photo album for you.
Simply add images to Image Compressor's image tray, and click on web photo album.
Select the template, and fill in album details, and Image Compressor 2008 will create the photo album for you.
Image Compressor simplifies web photo album creation, no need for you to understand HTML or even Flash
to create interactive photo album.
Figure 14. Creating Web Photo Album
Image Compressor 2008 uses Google's Picasa Photo Album template.
So you can easily find and add lots of template from the internet.
Figure 15. Photo Album Created By Image Compressor
4.5 Powerful Image Compression
Image Compressor is a powerful and easy-to-use software to quickly compress your digital photos,
making it easier and faster to share them over the internet, or to store them in your hard disk.
No decompression required. Image Compressor creates JPEG file, the industry standard image format.
What differentiates Image Compressor with other image processing software is in its ability
to compress JPEG with no visible quality loss. Using Digital Eye, Image Compressor automatically
creates the smallest file size with the most optimum image quality.
In other image processing software, you have to select the compression ratio
and look at the compressed result to check for quality. This traditional approach can take forever to
find the smallest image file size. Not only that, the image quality is suffered as well.
Many of our customers also claim that other softwares create larger file size in order to meet the quality Image Compressor produces.
Let's have a look how Image Compressor's image compression engine compared with others:
Figure 16. Other Software: Save As JPEG
No preview, guess the resulting file size and quality please...
And what are those encoding, color component sampling options???
Figure 17. Other Software: Save For Web And Device
Almost 50% larger file size to compete with Image Compressor quality.
Figure 18. Other Software: Save For Web And Device
33% smaller file size than Image Compressor, but with very low image quality.
Hint: look at the eye, hair and the background. Blocky artifacts.
Figure 19. JPEG compressed by Image Compressor
Smallest file size and best image quality.
Open image, click "Compress". Done.
Figure 20. Original Image Taken By Canon Camera
Can you find the differences between the original JPEG from digital camera
with the re-compressed one by Image Compressor?
Note that original file size from camera is 524KB.
Compressed by Image Compressor to 99KB.
80% compression ratio!
4.6 RAW Image Processing - Digital SLR Camera Compatible
Image Compressor supports RAW image taken by major digital SLR camera, including from Canon, Nikon, Leica, Fuji, Sony
and many others. You can compress, retouch, compare, and even create web photo album directly from your
Image Compressor also supports reading photos from memory card directly.
This means the overall workflow for processing image is easier and doable within one application: Image Compressor.
Simply insert your memory card, view image, retouch and compress.
4.7 Batch Process
Image Compressor provides batch image processing to make your boring task easier and faster.
With Digital Eye, you can now safely compress 1000 images at once, without having
to check the quality one-by-one.
The batch process also makes thumbnail creations easy.
Image Compressor batch process allows you to resize the image dimension as well.
Other than compress and resize, the batch process also allows you to rotate the image and add watermark too.
5. Customers Testimonials
"Image Compressor Lite does everything I need it to do.
Pictures out of today's high-megapixel cameras are just too large to email to friends,
and Image Compressor Lite prepares all of my pictures at once for emailing with its batch mode. Excellent!"
David Roe, Texas, USA
"I take photos everyday doing Home owners Insurance Inspections, I upload into my computer and attach to reports, standard photo size of 640x480 is required and sometimes my digital camera resets back to HG and I always find out to late so the need to compress is important and saves time with reports, your product saved me twice already"
Edward Sopko, New Jersey, USA
"The quality is great. For a similar file size (to your compressed file) from Photoshop I got the worst quality (0) JPEG (a really bad quality). Equal quality I think I got with (5) JPEG but with larger file by 40% that means better overall result for your compressor. Equal quality I think I got with (5) JPEG but with larger file by 40% that means better overall result for your compressor."
Apostolidis Dimitris, Thessaloniki, Greece
"Because your product offered the most features and the best User Interface of all the products that I downloaded and tried. I must have downloaded at least a dozen different software products but I came RUNNING back to this one as soon as I could."
Brian Reed, Colorado, USA
"I am very satisfied to have Image Compressor as a BEST JPEG image processing software I ever seen,Image Compressor is a high quality as an interactive technology,digital Image Compressor is designed to full control over every pixel of any image in really HIGH STANDARD..!! I am very very pleased with my purchase and excelent 24/7 customer support."
Dariush Bibak, Auckland, New Zealand
"Initial Trial at place of work showed how good compressed images were, purchased one there, then one at home."
Doug Barnes, Ashford & St. Peter's Hospital, UK
6. Availability & Pricing
Image Compressor 2008 is available for $99.99 (US) for the Pro Edition, and $29.99 (US) for the Home Edition.
For more information on pricing please visit
Free 14 days trial is available at: http://www.image-compressor.com/trial
Commercial and government customers can learn more about Image Compressor’s volume licensing options at http://www.image-compressor.com/volume
MasRizal & Partners, are committed to provide solutions that can help nonprofit organizations maximize their limited time, money and manpower.
MasRizal Charity Program allows eligible nonprofit organizations to acquire Image Compressor at zero cost.
For more information on NPO, please visit http://www.image-compressor.com/nonprofit
7. About MasRizal & Partners
Founded in 1999, MasRizal & Partners is one of the world's leading developers
that helps clients worldwide plan their investments in technology, design and implement solutions
that drive competitive advantage, and manage critical applications to improve business performance.
MasRizal & Partners have been privileged to work with many of the world's notable organizations.
From Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations, government agencies and SME spanning many different industries.
MasRizal & Partners solutions are being used in 53 countries including USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Australia, and other corners of the world.
For more information please visit MasRizal's corporate website at http://www.masrizal.com
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