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Mark113 commented on 09 Sep 2003

Sorry to get all bold there, but try it for yourself (or don't bother wasting your time downloading this and take my word for it): select an image, making sure it has no custom thumbnail, then reduce it with this program four times - once removing the ICC color profile, once removing IPTC, once removing the EXIF info, and once removing all three.

Compare file sizes. Well, shucks, they're all about the same. Within a kilobyte or so of one another. What is the conclusion? The huge file size reductions, which really do occur, are the result or re-saving the JPG file, thus upping the compression and resulting in, yes, a more compressed and therefore lower quality image.

This conclusion is borne out by opening each file in JPEGView, an OS 9 app that can show the compression ratio for an image (why can't I find an OS X app that does this? Hello, freeware developers...). I used a picture from my digital camera, with the original image showing a 11:1 compression ratio, but, surprise, when examining all of the other files, they show a ratio of 28:1. Whoops.

Not knowing too much about ICC, IPTC, and EXIF metadata, it really can't be all that big, can it? What is EXIF data but a few bytes cataloguing a few pieces of information? And last time I mistakenly hit "Include ICC color profile" when saving a file in Photoshop, it added no more than a kilobyte or so. I wish metadata were making JPGs bloated, but it just isn't so.

SmallImage accomplishes its huge file size reduction by the simple action of further compressing your image. Maybe one or two extra KB from removing the metadata, but that's all.

Too bad. not sure if this is a purposeful sham by the author, or if he didn't quite know what was going on, but it sure doesn't do what it says.

Please excuse the verbosity of this post, but I was pretty disappointed (and gullible). Also note that this is not a personal attack on the author...
[Version 1.0]

Mark113 commented on 26 Aug 2003
Umm, good program. Except all of the AIFF exports I make cannot be played by anything! So, I guess that makes it a crappy program. Or maybe it's just me?

Any advice on this front? Is anyone else having this problem?

It seems like a good program except for this exporting problem...
[Version 1.2.0pr1]


Mark113 reviewed on 08 Aug 2003
God, how cool. And free!

Watching several slightly transparent movies on top of one another is truly outstanding.

And full-screen without Quicktime Pro - thank you!

The ability to watch movies without a border is cool, too.

How about a contextual menu to adjust the opacity?
[Version 1.1]


Mark113 reviewed on 17 Jun 2003
Wow. I can't believe so few people have downloaded this. This is clearly one of the best slideshow apps around. Lightning fast, just the right amount of viewing options (rotation, scaling). Even lets you create slideshow files where you can add comments to your images.

Really excellent. No need to use iPhoto and all of it's silly file structures when you've got great freeware apps like this.
[Version 2.1]


Mark113 reviewed on 04 Jun 2003
Nice little app. Or whatever this is (doesn't show up in the Dock (thankfully), has no application menu, etc.). "Menubar app"? Anyway, pretty cool. Doesn't seem to use much memory or processor, which is nice.

Does add strange "Warning" message in console.log whenever you use it. Seems innocuous enough, but strange...

Can't enter numbers from the keyboard, due to nature of app, I guess.

Tried to email author, but his account did not seem to be working this evening.
[Version 1.0b1]


Mark113 reviewed on 12 May 2003
So very useful, such a good idea, and so well-implemented.
[Version 1.1]

Mark113 commented on 05 May 2003
This is sort of redundant, given that you can do the exact same thing with a folder full of folders full of aliases, if you follow. In fact, it looks exactly the same to have a folder, call it "Dock Launch" or whatever. Fill it full of folders called "Applications" "Documents" etc and then fill those folders with aliases to the appropriate items. A benefit of doing it this way is that all of the aliases to folders will have hierchical menus coming off them, which the folders in Dock Launcher do not. And when you're CMD-Tabbing through open apps, you don't get have to skip through DockLauncher.

It's a good idea, but it adds no functionality to the Dock.

On the plus side, it prompted me to make such a folder and organize it as outlined above.

So, add some functionality not found in the Dock, and maybe you'll have something.
[Version 1.5]

Mark113 had trouble on 25 Jun 2004
Be sure to delete your JPEGDeux.plist from the Preferences folder if you're updating from an earlier version, or it won't launch.
[Version 1.7b]

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