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Another Photo Shrinking Tip

Sooner or later – if you haven’t already – you will try to send or receive an e-mail attachment.. and bump into the problem of size limitation. (Usually, it is photos that give us the headaches.) E-mail simply isn’t the proper method for transferring large files, but there are tricks that can help you get those files where you want them.

I provided tips and solutions for solving these problems in this prior article, How to send big files (updated); and since it is fairly “in depth”, I highly recommend you click the link and give it a look-see.
Today, I want to provide you with another little tip for shrinking the file size of photos, so they are easier to send.

Because the common image format JPEG is already “compressed”, putting your photo.jpg into a Zip file will not shrink the file size enough to make it worth the effort. So, one must then mess with using an image editing program to “resize” the image and/or change the dpi “resolution” and/or select a poorer quality jpeg setting to get the Megabytes down to a e-mail-able size.

Tip of the day: Copy > Paste the image into WordPad, and Save the resulting .rtf file (Rich Text Format). Now you can right-click > Send To > Compressed (zipped) folder.
If you have never tried this technique before, you will be amazed at the size reduction.
(I know, it is a little strange to use a text program for pictures.. but it works!)

You don’t have to worry that your recipient will not be able to Open your file either. All PCs come with a text utility that can read/write .rtf. (WordPad is a Standard part of Windows, and it can be found in your Accessories folder.)

Today’s free link: 7-Zip File Compression Utility. The main features of 7-Zip:High compression ratio
Supported formats:
Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR
Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.
For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
Self-extracting capability for 7z format
Integration with Windows Shell

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December 10, 2008 - Posted by | advice, computers, Digital Images, e-mail, how to, Internet, tech, tweaks | , , , , , , , , ,

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