JPEGmini’s crazy compression is now available as a plugin for Capture One
When Capture One 12 was announced last year, it brought some pretty big new features along with it. One of those features was the ability to finally be able to use third-party plugins on both macOS and Windows versions of the software. And here’s one that’s going to make a lot of people rather happy.
JPEGmini has made a Capture One plugin version of its space-saving jpg compression tech. Similar to its Lightroom counterpart, it allows you to export images directly from Capture One with JPEGmini’s compression algorithms applied.
While jpg is a pretty ubiquitous image format, it’s not always the best when it comes to minimising storage space while retaining the quality. JPEGmini is a way around this, which can help to keep more of that detail while getting the file sizes smaller than your typical jpg export. If you have tens of thousands of images on your system, those space savings can add up to a whole lot.
Even if you’re only using the images on your website, the smaller files are, the faster they download, and the smoother your viewer’s browsing experience. That browsing experience can be the difference between gaining a new client and immediately putting them off because of the time they have to wait for pages to download – or because your site is chewing up all their mobile data if you get a lot of visitors on smartphones.
Anything that saves your load time on the web can also help when it comes to search engine rankings, too. Faster and more efficient sites are generally placed near the top – it makes the search engines look good, too, if they’re sending people to fast websites.
The JPEGmini plugin for Capture One comes as part of the JPEGmini Pro Suite. This is an all-in-one package for $89 that includes the standalone version along with the Lightroom plugin and Photoshop extension. You can also buy standalone JPEGmini on its own for $59, but obviously, you don’t get the plugins.
If you want to give it a go before you buy, you can download a free trial on the JPEGmini website.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.