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Type of Program: Plug-in Compression Utility for Graphics Editors
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98, NT, MacIntosh
Company Name: BoxTop Software
Version: 5.0.1
Price: $49.95 U.S.
Installed Size: 297K


ProJPEG is a plug-in for PhotoShop or Paint Shop Pro which compresses .jpg files for publication on the web. Anyone who designs webpages knows that making your graphics download as rapidly as possible without losing detail is all important. That's what ProJPEG does, and does very, very well.

I downloaded and installed ProJPEG into Adobe PhotoShop 6.0, and both went uneventfully. I brought up a graphic that I knew was not optimized and then clicked on "Save As" and made sure that I specified "BoxTop ProJPEG 5.0 (.JPG)" in the "Format" line of the "Save" box. The original graphic was 44.5k; ProJPEG compressed it to 31K, without noticeably affecting the graphic quality! That may not sound like a big difference (about 1/4), but if you have a slow modem (14.4 or 28.8), if every graphic on every page is optimized, it will make a huge difference in download time.

If you are a webpage designer, either for fun or for profit, ProJPEG is exactly what the doctor ordered! Download the demo version today -- you'll be ordering it soon!

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Reviewed by Angelene

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