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Old 10-17-2007, 12:10 AM
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I feel I have a knack for shrinking the file sizes of images. The end result of which is that people's websites load faster after I give them some help.

I'm speaking of decreases in file size usually greater than 50%. Often 70%+

Would anyone think it a feasible idea to offer this as a paid service. I'm thinking about $1 per image with a $10 minimum.

Opinions? I have more details on the idea if you need them. I just want to know what other people think.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:23 AM
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sounds like a good idea but i think image shack pretty much has the majority of forum posters that i think would use this most. Theres always room for other businesses like this though.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:33 AM
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I feel I have a knack for shrinking the file sizes of images. The end result of which is that people's websites load faster after I give them some help.

I'm speaking of decreases in file size usually greater than 50%. Often 70%+
Isn't that easily done in a graphics editor like MS Paint?? Or are you talking about shrinking file sizes while preserving the original image size?
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:23 AM
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Yes, I mean to shrink the file size while preserving the "original image size". So the dimensions will be the same and the image quality is often the same (although sometimes imperceptibly lower). I can usually knock 50-70% off the file size of an original image and not have any appreciable difference. For example this big grin icon I can change from being 1052 bytes to 273 bytes. And it appears the same on the web page. Most people making their own websites are not graphic artists with experience in this area like I do.

With regards to image quality, most differences would be too small for anyone to notice. Sometimes image quality would even go up. But the important point is that buyers would be able to choose to use my version (and pay) or not use it (and not pay). They can decide after they see what I can do.

Images are a rather complicated affair on account of different formats and their internal structures. My target audience is not savvy web developers and graphic artists but DIYers who know their pages load too slow.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:32 PM
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if you could automate the process so people could upload an image, then your site resizes it, they can see the new image with a watermark on it, and if they like it they can pay $1 via paypal then yeah its a good idea else to much work for not enough money
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:29 PM
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Gotta go with Steven on this one. It's pretty easy to reduce the image size for web without giving up significant resolution, but, even so the time it would take to process an order and do the job probably wouldn't be worthwhile unless it was automated.

On the other hand, an automated system could be offered cheap or free if you want to use it to attract eyeballs and sell ads or other services from the site.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:08 PM
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Parts could be automated but for the best work it needs a human eye. That is not to say over time I wouldn't completely try to automate it. Even now I am significantly automating the admin portion of it. But on day one the analysis of each image I'd do myself, then decide how to optimize it.

Taking a look at most sites it is very apparent this isn't easy to most people developing sites. They need to worry about their site content more than the details of image formats.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:13 PM
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I'm not sure how much of a market there would be for this. Most people who know enough to know that smaller image files sizes are important most likely already know how. The people who don't know how probably wouldn't think it was important and could easily think your service was making the physical dimensions smaller.

I don't think it isn't easy for people developing sites. I think many people don't realize it's an issue.
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:43 AM
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I use Irfanview to do this, and the software is absolutely free. Yes, you might get some people who do not want to bother with this at all, but the software is pretty simple to use.
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:25 PM
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Another great program for shrinking files (but is intended for much much more) is Gimp. I guess with this one here is how I would think of such a service. There are two types of people people who know of image shrinking and those who dont. Those who do know of it probably use programs like Gimp or even photoshop (IMHO photoshop sux for heavey compression) and are probbaly even photographers or something. Then those who dont know about image compression either "a" dont need it or "b" dont deal enough with images to want to know about it.
Just a few things tot hink about.
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