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Old 10-27-2007, 12:04 AM
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I still find it amazing how many business people don't even know how to attach a file to an email, never mind resize one.

There may be a market for an image storing service, where businesses can send you their ads, everytime they have one made. When they need it sent somewhere they could let you know if it's for print or for web and where to send it.

We've been working with the web for over 10 years now (although it seems a lot longer) and it's sometimes tough to see things from the viewpoint of folks who don't spend a lot of time on it. There are a lot more web-illiterate business folk out there than you might imagine.
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:29 PM
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I think your idea is a good one but it has to be automated to be profitable. This is like those websites that convert your MS word doc into a PDF file. They are automated. You would need to automate your process too.

You can use paypal and direct them back to your site after they have paid - your webpage code can detect the payment status of 'ok' and then make the image available for download. Then send yourself an email so you know everytime someone has paid for your service!
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:36 PM
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While I think the service may have value, I do not think charging per image is the way to do it - buying extra server space or bandwidth would actually be cheaper for the company than paying to reduct file sizes.
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:29 AM
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I agree re the comments about automating it. If your procedure is pretty methodical, and you have command-line versions of your image editing tools, then this shouldn't be too hard to do.
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:53 AM
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I agree re the comments about automating it. If your procedure is pretty methodical, and you have command-line versions of your image editing tools, then this shouldn't be too hard to do.
I agree automation is "the way to go". I will not get the best results in all cases. You really need a human judge to determine what best to do. Here is a simple example:

A small line art image of maybe 30 colors. Perhaps a company logo. Saved as a jpeg file. This is a terrible choice (but you see it done everywhere). It will be pretty hard to fix automatically because it takes a person to clean the jpeg dithering and choose what colors should really be there and to make all the edges crisp before saving it correctly as a png. Fortunately this takes me little time with my tool set. But I can't expect an automated process to clean an image. As a test for myself I often shrink popular pages to check viability. I did one popular news site front page in 59 minutes, 76 images, 61% size reduction. 147k to 57k. I really don't mind working by the hour at that rate.

As far as buying more bandwidth, that only speeds things up on the server end. Home users on dial-up or slow cable connections still have to download big images slowly.

There is alot on the backend that I do have automated.

Well I got the offer up on my web site to do some freebees, I'll just leave it there and see where it takes me.

Thanks for everyone's input.
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Old 10-30-2007, 04:48 PM
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I like the idea, because I have had so many clients that have had their websites created by graphics designers instead of web designers and they have created these mega-graphics because they didn't save them correctly. However the problem I see with this is that the group of clients who hired the wrong person to do the job are the same group who would never feel this was an issue or know there was a solution.

However, maybe you should offer your services as a web-optimizer and pair it up with some other things. It seems like a hard sell if you just focus on the graphics end of things. Good luck!
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:22 PM
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I agree that you'll probably need a level of human involvement, so automation probably isn't a 100% slam dunk.

I think that the key to your success would be to try marketing to sites that do more traffic and thus will notice the bandwidth savings, as well as the faster page load times. These will probably be popular sites of fortune 1000 companies, some of the larger blogs, and some of the bigger e-commerce sites. I'm not sure if they already have designers who are paying attention to file size, or who exactly is doing their cut art, but it would be worth checking into.

Good luck with your idea, I think it has potential.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:21 PM
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One idea re automation would be to have the image undergo a few different standard modification processes, then you display the the results & have the customer choose the one that looks best to them (& have the % file size reduction listed next to it)...
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Imagine a Program which lets you do a wide variety of ways to edit, alter, enhance and process batch conversion of your pictures in just a few clicks. Batch image converter is the easiest to use programs that can apply your desired option to all or selected pictures at once.

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