RSS Feed

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...

Newsletter

Subscribe to either one of our two newsletters for regular updates and information

Downloads newsletter

This is a weekly newsletter with download news, updates and other information

This is a monthly newsletter with software store information, offers and deals

wxPackJPG 1.2.0

Compress your JPEGs by up to 20%

by Mike Williams

Our Rating:
Your Rating:
Login to rate
Based on 0 ratings
License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Requirements:
Languages: English, French, German
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 21 November 2014
Watchlist: Add download to my watchlist
Downloads To Date: 428
Developer: Roman Hiestand
RSS News Feed: http://sourceforge.net/api/file/index/project-id/1928180/mtime/desc/limit/20/rss
Back up your data with Acronis True Image 2016 with a 1-PC LIFETIME license, only $29.99, saving 40%, from store.downloadcrew.com
wxPackJPG 1.2.0
Compress your JPEGs by up to 20%

JPEGs are difficult to compress. If you need to archive a large number then you could try placing them in a zip file, but you probably won't save more than 5%. Sometimes the archives can be larger than the originals.

WxPackJPG uses a smarter technique (via the tool PackJPG), optimised for JPEGs, to deliver much better results. The developer claims compression rates of up to 20%, and while we saw a maximum of 16%, that's still very impressive. Especially as the program isn't resizing images, tweaking image quality or anything else. This is true lossless compression.

WxPackJPG is easy enough to use. We pointed the program at our test files, clicked "Compress!", and it converted them to the compressed PJG equivalent. And you can import PJG files to restore them, in much the same way.

One issue is that, when viewing a PJG file in Explorer, you won't see a thumbnail of the image itself. This could be a problem if you're hoping to find one image amongst many. But wxPackJPG 1.1.0 helped a little by adding a Preview option, so if you open all your pictures in the program then you can at least view any of them without having to manually decompress it first.

These are small points, though, and on balance wxPackJPG does a great job. It's significantly better at cutting JPEG file size than standard techniques, and if you need to archive a large JPEG library then it could be very interesting.

Version 1.2:
    * Added image preview
    * Added Abort button
    * Upgraded packJPGlib to 2.5j (among others, fixed possible crash with malformed JPEG)
    * Restored Windows XP compatibility

Verdict:

An excellent archiving tool which can significantly cut your JPEG space requirements

Your Comments & Opinion
 
Related Download Articles
 
FileOptimizer

FileOptimizer 9.00.1541

Open Source

Compress images, Office documents, archives, executable files and more with this lossless optimisation tool

ZipGenius

ZipGenius 6.3.2.3116

Freeware

Free compression tool with support for a wide range of formats

Caesium 1.7.0

Caesium 1.7.0

Open Source

An easy-to-use image compressor

DMG Master

DMG Master 2.2.1

Trial Software

Create disk images from files and folders in an instant

Other Download Articles From This Category
Turn Off the Lights

Turn Off the Lights for Firefox 3.3.0.0

Freeware

Make it easier to focus on online videos in your web browser

Turn Off the Lights

Turn Off the Lights for Chrome 3.3.0.0

Freeware

Make it easier to focus on online videos in your web browser

GarageBand

GarageBand for iOS 2.1.2

No Trial Available. Purchase Only

Compose professional musical creations with this stunning app

Vimeo

Vimeo 6.1.3

Freeware

View, edit and share videos one Vimeo with your iPhone or iPad

From Softwarecrew

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...

 

Spotlight: Free Full Software

WhatsApp Messenger 2.16.10

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's new in 2.16.10?

• When forwarding messages, you can now send to multiple chats at once (iOS 8+)
• Ask Siri to send WhatsApp messages or place WhatsApp calls (iOS 10+)
• Answer WhatsApp calls right from your lock screen, just like a standard phone call (iOS 10+)
• A new Widget lets you quickly jump to a recent chat or see which chats have unread messages (iOS 10+)
• Chats you frequently contact now appear when forwarding or sharing messages 
• A new quick forward button on photos and videos in chats
• When taking photos or videos, double tap your screen to switch between the front and rear cameras

[...]
Value:
Free
Rating: