SMALLER PHOTOS

FILEminimizer Pictures is a free image-compression program from Balesio.com. To get it, pull down the “downloads” menu and click on the name; it’s the first one in the list.

The program compresses all kinds of images up to 99 percent. This is terrific for emailing, since large photos mean slow downloads and large storage requirements. You can do single images or a whole photo album at once. When we tried it, most of our photos were 94 percent compressed, though some did reach the 99 percent level. A five megabyte photo that’s 98 percent compressed is only one tenth of a megabyte (100k). The recipient does not have to unzip the file to view it.

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