balesio AG is a fast-growing, Switzerland based provider of innovative data reduction technology and storage optimization solutions that enable organisations to release up to 85% of their existing storage capacity to achieve significant, permanent storage cost savings. A second line of business focuses on screen recording and e-learning.
All photographers and digital artists deal with lots of large files and would benefit from ways of reducing the size of the files – both for their own storing and for preparing the files for shipping. And even though most image processing programs allow you to edit the size and compression rate of images, this can easily become a tedious process if you have many pictures to reduce on an ongoing basis.
FILEminimizer Suite Desktop
Depending on your specific needs, balesio has interesting compression tools that run on a server or on a client. For the client, the FILEminimizer Suite Desktop is interesting, especially because it reduces the file sizes without zipping – meaning that the files keep their type and name, which greatly simplifies the use of them. The compression is visually lossless – but you can set up for each file type which type and level of compression you will allow. The program works on its own and as a plugin to various Office tools, email programs and to Windows Explorer.
Importantly, the process is by default non-destructive and will add the minimized files next to the originals on your harddisk, so that you can decide for yourself what to do with them. You can easily change this setting to let FILEminimizer simply replace the original files with the minimized ones. For image files, EXIF data deletion is set as the standard, which, as a photographer, you would probably want to change – and this too can easily be done in the settings.
The email-plugins work with Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes and are very practical in that they can reduce the size of attached files on-the-fly, thereby preventing too large emails being sent and then re-bounced by the receiving email server.
Photographers also use other files than image files, and whether these are for internal use, for sharing with colleagues or customers, or for publishing, a reduced size of, for instance, PDF, Word, or PowerPoint files will always be welcomed.
Many of you who produce videos will sooner or later want to include something that takes place on a computer screen. For this, ALLCapture will help. You may produce instructional videos and have a solid need for screen capturing, or you produce marketing videos – perhaps marketing yourself as a photographer, videographer, or visual artist and during the presentation also wanting to display your use of image editing software, just to show that this is included in your skills package. Or you simply want to capture something that is happening on the screen, for instance a webinar or a presentation, to use at a later occasion.
Whatever your situation and needs, ALLCapture will help. You can add notes and special effects and export it all in a number of different video formats, including Flash. ALLCapture also acts as a video player. Compared to most other video grabbing software, you get built-in editing features that let you duplicate, cut, copy and paste parts of the recording and thereby create exactly what you want to create. For instance, cut out the breaks, add a flashback (“…as I mentioned earlier:…” – with a video snipped to remind the audience), or simply repeat something, for instance when you want your audience to first learn something by watching you and then do it themselves.
An Enterprise edition is available with even more features, such as zoom, adjustable playback speed, resizing, and automatic conversion of PowerPoint to flash or video.