Saturday, January 24, 2015

Free Optimizer to Prepare Images for the Web

Radical Image Optimization Tool (RIOT for short) is a free image optimizer that will let you to adjust visually compression parameters while keeping minimum file size, which is essential for the web placement.

It uses with a side by side (dual view) or single view interface to compare the original with the optimized image in real time and instantly see the resulting file size.

It is lightweight, fast and simple to use, yet powerful for advanced users. You will be able to control compression, number of colors, metadata settings and much more, and select image format (JPG, GIF or PNG) for your output file.

RIOT can be integrated as plug-in in well-known programs like The GIMP, IrfanView and XnView.

Main features:
* Open many image types including rare/scientific types.
* Save and optimize JPEG, GIF and PNG with a simple, clean user interface.
* Automatic optimization selects the most suitable format and parameters.
* Works in dual view: (original – optimized image) or single view (optimized image).
* Automatic preview of resulting image.
* In-place compare function (alternatively display the original image over the optimized image to notice small pixel changes).
* Compress files to desired file size threshold.
* Fast processing (all is done in memory).
* See instant results including resulting file size.
* Batch support (process multiple files at once).
* Transparency handling options.
* Decide if you want to keep metadata (comments, IPTC, Adobe XMP, EXIF profiles, ICC profiles).
* Unsupported metadata is removed.
* Transfer metadata between image formats (destination format must support them).
* Common tools: pan and zoom, rotate, flip.
* Basic image adjustments: brightness, contrast, gamma, invert.
* Visually reduce number of unique colors for PNG and GIF images in order to reduce file size
(two quantization methods are available: Xiaolin Wu and NeuQuant neural net).
* Resize image by using well known resample filters (ex: Lanczos3, Catmull Rom, Bicubic, and others)
out-of-the-box support for external PNG optimizers (optipng, pngout, etc).
* The compression and the results are comparable to those of commercial products, even higher.
Adaptive logarithmic tone mapping algorithm (Drago) used for HDR images.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Virtual Desktop Manager to Improve your Productivity

VirtuaWin is an application for the Windows user community that misses the wonderful multiple desktop functionality often used on Unix systems. It is simple, reliable and highly configurable, supporting up to 20 virtual desktops.

A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’). Virtual desktops are very common in Unix/Linux, and once you get accustomed to using them, they become an essential part of a productive workflow.

Main Features:

* Multiple virtual desktops for Windows
* Supports dual monitor, Unicode & 64 bit on Win9x/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
* Portable app version - no installation required
* Navigate using mouse, hotkeys, menus or visual pagers
* Customizable system tray icons & several visual pagers
* Module interface for limitless extensibility
* Very active support forum
* Over a million downloads

VirtuaWin is designed to be simple and elegant to use yet still be highly configurable and extensible.

Cost: Free Open Source

Download the program (portable version is available):

Download additional modules:

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