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Photo Crunch

Type of Program: Graphic Tool
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT
Company Name: Imron Corporation
Version: 1.4.10
Price: $8
Installed Size: 120KB


Graphic files, especially photos, can be pretty large - which is where compression comes in. However, when you compress a picture, you loose some of the details. Ideally, you want to be able to fine tune the compression to get the best balance between size and quality.

Photo Crunch lets you compress JPEGs and bitmaps. When you open a file, it shows you the original, and the new compressed version. Above the pictures is a slide bar, which you use to pick the compression level, with visible effects on the compressed picture. It's also possible for you to crop pictures, if you only want a small section, or want to remove a border.

The only fault I've found is the help. The help file is in RTF format. Fine if you have a program associated with RTF format, which is normally WordPad. I never use RTF files, so don't have WordPad installed, or any program associated then the format. Which confused me when the help menu option doesn't work. Luckily, I have enough computer savvy to get round this, but it could hinder a novice. Having said that, there's nothing in the help file worth reading.

The unregistered version will allow you to compress pictures, but won't let you save them. It costs $8 to register, and activate this feature.

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Reviewed by Mike Hathaway
Payment Method: On-line

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