Google has released a new web app called ‘Squoosh’ that compresses image files while still maintaining most of the quality.
The tool was revealed at Google’s Chrome Dev Summit and is aimed at helping developers optimize files to improve webpage load times. Google prioritizes quick loading web pages over slower ones.
The most surprising thing about Squoosh is that once you load the web app, it can work without an internet connection.
The web app even works in Safari and Firefox, though it supposedly works better in Chrome, according to 9to5Google
Depending on the image, Squoosh can offer some impressive results.
For example, the app was able to convert a 7.6MB jpeg shot on a Canon mirrorless camera to a 369kB MozJPEG file. Even though Squoosh was set to retain 50 percent of the original image’s colours, it seemed to maintain most of the image’s quality to my eyes.
There are a plethora of file sizes and file types to use as well, ranging from WebP to OptiPNG to browser JPEG. The app allows users to adjust image colours and dithering along with providing advanced options like progressive rendering, smoothing and colour channels.
The Squoosh app also provides users with a slider to compare before and after images.
I won’t upload the full-sized image, but this is the image I used to test out Squoosh.
Here are the stats from my testing of the feature. All images were compressed using the MozJPEG standard and were all left at full-colour range.
- 100 percent quality – 21.3 MB
- 90 percent – 6.25 MB
- 80 percent – 2.74 MB
- 70 percent – 1.54 MB
- 60 percent – 1.12 MB
- 50 percent – 835 kB
- 40 percent – 576 kB
- 30 percent – 376 kB
- 30 percent with 50% colour range – 369 kB
Squoosh works in Chrome, Safari, Firefox and even works in mobile browsers as well.