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FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0


September 30th 2009

About FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0
Working with FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0
Pricing and Support


Imagine this scenario: you try uploading your vacation pictures to a social network site, or send it via e-mail to share it with your family and friends. And then you end up with an error message complaining about the file sizes and dimensions being too huge. Well, it's not your fault but that's what you get with 12 megapixel digital cameras! Fortunately, there's a way around that problem in the form of FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0, a specialized program that optimizes your pictures so that you achieve the right balance between picture quality and file sizes. This product also does a lossless compression on your pictures with optimum compression rates.


About FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0

FILEminimizer Pictures is from balesio, a German company that also creates several other products such as PPTminimizer, TurboDemo, AllCapture, etc. You can download a free trial version of FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0 from their site...

Following are some key features within FILEminimizer 2.0:

  • JPEG file compression by up to 98%. You can also compress PNG, BMP, GIF and TIFF file formats.
  • Retains the original file format so that the files can be edited and viewed later without the need to unzip.
  • Compress whole photo galleries at one go with the Batch process option.
  • Choose from 4 different compression levels.
  • The Search function finds all optimizable image files on your system.
  • Drag and drop files directly into the FILEminimizer Pictures window to optimize several files at once (batch processing).
  • Fully compatible with Windows Vista+.

My contact at FILEminimizer Pictures for this review was Christoph Schmid - thank you, Christoph.


Working with FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0

Download the installer, run the setup routine and follow the instructions. When installed, follow these steps to compress pictures using FILEminimizer Pictures.

  1. Go to your Windows Start menu and choose All Programs | FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0 | FILEminimizer Pictures.

  2. This opens the FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0 interface, as shown in Figure 1.

    FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0
    Figure 1: FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0

    The interface is explained below:

    1. Toolbar -- Here you will find options to open, optimize, and search files -- and change settings, etc.

    2. Files to Optimize shows the list of opened file(s), which need to be optimized.

    3. Optimized Files -- The optimized file(s) can be seen here. To save the optimized file(s) in a particular folder, choose the Save optimized file in folder option.

    4. Custom Compression -- Activate the check box and click the Settings button, which opens Custom Compression Settings dialog box as shown in Figure 2 -- by tweaking parameters like setting the screen resolution and JPEG quality, you can get the best compression value.

      Custom Compression Settings

      Figure 2: Custom Compression Settings

    5. Compression Settings has three basic compression values which are Web / E-Mail compression, Standard compression and Low / Print compression.

    6. Taskswithin the tabs on the left side of the interface replicate the options available on the toolbar.

      The Configuration option opens the Settings dialog box (see Figure 3), where global settings can be altered.

      Figure 3: Settings
  1. To open files, choose the Open Files button (see Figure 4).

    Open Files
    Figure 4: Open files

    This opens a dialog box from where you can select the pictures that you want to compress.

    Note: Multiple pictures can be opened and optimized at one go (batch process).

  2. The opened file(s) will be listed under the Files to Optimize list, as shown in Figure 5.

    Files to be optimized
    Figure 5:
    Files to be optimized

  3. When all the settings are tweaked, click on the large Optimize Files button (see Figure 6).

    Figure 6: Optimize file

  4. Depending upon the settings, the application will compress the file(s) and shows the changes in next window as shown in Figure 7.

    Figure 7: Optimized files(s)

    In this window, you can see old size, new size, and reduction percentage of the pictures. The other options are for viewing, e-mailing and deleting.


Pricing and Support

FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0 costs $34.95 for a single-user license.

Support is through email, phone, and a online FAQ.



FILEminimizer Pictures 2.0 is a capable program that does one trick, and does it very well. It's also got a nice price:performance ratio.


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