This is the digital age, which means that all our work, business, commerce, entertainment, and about everything is done on computer machines. This also means that we have to deal with tons of files everyday. So most likely, it is in your best interest to somehow decrease the size of the files you are storing. So whether you are a web publisher, who could decrease the size of the various page elements and speed up the page loading time, or a developer, who could decrease the heaviness of the software, reducing file size is a general use. Even if nothing, you could make some extra room in your hard-drive for personal usage.
There are many compression tools available which have been covered extensively on our website, but recently we found FileOptimizer, an amazing compression tool with some unique features which should be shared with our readers. Over the last week, we put this software for a spin, and the results were amazing.
There are many things that FileOptimizer does, that its counterpart applications don’t do, or can’t do. FileOptimizer like many of the compressing applications provides support for an array number of file formats. So whether it is your JPEG images, or software file formats or even system library files like DLL, FileOptimizer can compress them all, except video files, which it can’t compress.
Another handy thing offered by FileOptimizer is that unlike any of its competitors, it doesn’t put files into a compressed folder in order to compress their file size, but it compresses the original file itself. Once the compression is done, it overrides the existing version with the compressed one. All these compressions are done in lossless format. So no matter how much compression your file has went through, you can stay assured of the quality.
Depending on the kind of file it is dealing with, the software may take a bit longer than usual to compress it, so it is normal, don’t worry about it. The app is bundled with plethora of scripts and plug-ins that are required to compress various file types, so you don’t have to worry downloading anything by yourself.
Installation and General Use
FileOptimizer works like a portable app, which means that it doesn’t require any installation. But the file you are downloading from the web is compressed and hence needs to be extracted. The 18 MB file will decompress to around 80 MB. The software works on all Windows operating systems. The uncompressed folder contains software for both 32 bit and 64 bit CPU.
The software is very easy to use. You can either add files by dragging and dropping or by clicking on the “Add files…” button. Once you have added the file, you can right-click on it and select Optimize all files and the software will start compressing the file. To adjust the compression ratio, you can go to the Options menu and change the compression method or profile. The percentage in the status column shows the compression ratio, meaning how much the file has been compressed. The lower the percentage, better will be the outcome.
There is no valid reason why you shouldn’t be using this app. In terms of its functionality, and how much that functionality is really important, the software is a must-have. When you are commuting with things and devices where file size matters a lot, this software is nothing less than a life saver. Although you won’t find the interface and the general look of the software very adorable, the software is good as it gets.
You may download the File Optimizer software from its official SourceForge page.