In an age where sensor resolution is getting higher and higher, those MB, GB, and TB on your computers at home are simply not getting you where they used to. The saying ‘Storage is Cheap’ is true, but only to a point, and a frugal photographer should always be looking for ways to cut back on the amount of storage space they need to store their images – both at home and on the web. The solution for this, at least when it comes to JPEG files, is JPEGMini – or at least that is what they claim it to be.
JPEGMini has been around for some time now, but as you would expect, many photographers are skeptical of any compression system that could possibly have a negative impact on quality or appearance of their images in print or digital. I was skeptical, so when they offered to let me test drive their Pro version while we met with them at Photo Plus, I took them up on it. Today it is time to share my thoughts on this software for you.
What Is JPEGMini?
JPEGMini, for those unaware, is a compression program for Mac and PC that allows you to compress your JPEG files by many times, saving you valuable storage space, all without – they claim – any visible loss in quality. It can be used as a standalone app on your desktop, or they also have Photoshop and Lightroom plugins that allow you to export compressed JPEGs from those programs without having to open JPEGMini to compress after exporting, a huge time saver.
Ease of Use
As far as ease of use, it is hard to make a simpler piece of software. When you are using the desktop software, you simply drag your JPEG files onto the program and then the JPEGMini Algorithm does its magic, compressing your image(s) and saving you tons of space.
You do have a few options as far as settings in the software, and that is to export your newly compressed JPEG files into a new folder (as well as resize them if you like), or to simply overwrite the original JPEGs with the new smaller versions. There are no image quality settings with JPEGMini because they only have one goal, to compress an image as far as possible until visible quality is affected, and then it stops just shy of it. In other words, when you use JPEGMini the JPEG that you get out on the other side is the smallest and most compressed your image file can be without affecting quality.
If you choose to make use of the Lightroom plugin that is available with the PRO version, then things are even easier. You simply install the plugin, activate it in Lightroom, and add it to your export workflow, and voila – every JPEG you export from Lightroom will be automatically compressed upon export, without you ever having to open up another program. This is incredibly convenient.
In the Photoshop version of the plugin it tells you how much space you are saving right there in Photoshop, which is really nice.