Compression without artefacts with JPEGmini Pro


Minifying images for a website or compressing them for an email is a daily returning routine for most people who deal with illustrating any sort of textual content. You can always minify PNGs and JPEGs on the server. This works very well and if you’re managing a WordPress installation, there are a number of fine plug-ins that take the pain out of compressing images to their smallest possible size. But often compressing an image — and especially a JPEG — to its smallest possible size, introduces ugly artefacts. JPEGmini Pro seeks to avoid that.

Audioquest DragonFly 1.2 DAC test

Dragonfly DAC

The Audioquest Dragonfly 1.2 is an improved version of the original Dragonfly. According to Audioquest it among the improvements, the circuitry between the DAC chip and the analog output stage has been refined to create a more direct signal path, leading to even greater transparency and immediacy. Also, the DAC’s power supply has been fortified, which gives the sound more ‘grip’ and even greater dynamic contrast. I compared the new Dragonfly with the original and this is what I found.

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Review

Parallels Desktop 10

Parallels announced the tenth version of Parallels Desktop for the Mac. The new version goes further where version 9 stopped. There is more integration with OS X, almost completely blurring the line between the two with a “Reveal in Windows” context menu option, the ability to share with Mac native sharing features and ‘iMessage’ from within Windows and have the Mac Dock show an “unread email” indicator for the Windows version of Microsoft Outlook

Painter 2015 brings Particle Brushes

Painter 2015

Painter 2015 has one feature that will make people drool over this new version: Particle Brushes. Other improvements are jitter smoothing, greater speed and better performance, and 64-bit on the Mac. Painter 2015 also has an even more manageable and organised interface and comes with generous libraries of new content.

More than an update: PluralEyes 3.5

PluralEyes 3.5

Red Giant just released PluralEyes 3.5, the video/audio synchronisation tool. PluralEyes is faster and more accurate, supports spanned clips, more media types for Replace Audio and automatic correction for sync drift. It also supposed to integrate better with Premiere Pro CC 2014, but by lack of that new application, I can’t say anything about it.