In the past we have covered the various different options of cloud storage, and their free, albeit limiting, free accounts of around 2 – 5GB. If this is the case for you and you have numerous photos taking up a lot of that space, then you really have 2 options. Expand your storage capacity or shrink your collection. The obvious way to shrink your collection is to delete the photos you don’t need, and back them up locally instead. Or you could give JpegMini a try.
JpegMini is not exactly new to veteran image editors. It effectively compresses your jpeg images (which is your standard photograph format most cameras produce) and makes the file size smaller. Most editing software has some function of doing this, but unless you select the right compression amount and type, then you can run the risk of losing image quality. JpegMini handles this job really well. Its compression appears to be faultless in image quality, and a simple before and after slider demonstrates how quality hasn’t diminished. Most file sizes dropped by about 3 – 4 times smaller in our testing, but their website boasts up to 8x size reductions, which is very impressive.
If you sign up for an account, you can upload whole albums rather than 1 photo at a time, and these photos are stored in your account, with the option to transfer them to a service such as Flickr or Picasa. There’s also a mac app for you Apple fans, but no iOS app to date.
This service is also handy for web developers to shrink their web images without compromising on quality. In fact we used this service and shrunk our page load by 800kb. Or maybe to SSD adopters where their new drives have less capacity than a standard hard drive. Give it a try and let us know what you think of the service. Its free.