If your using Windows Live Writer, and you copy and paste images [for like taking screenshots], you may be unaware that Windows Live Writer is doing you a disservice by not using an optimized image. Or by not offering a choice when posting images.
When images are pasted in to Windows Live Writer the program inserts them as a PNG file. PNG’s are not as compressed as JPG and therefore resulting in larger images, more storage requirements and more bandwidth; resulting in a slower website.
Take a look at my examples…
I’m using a plain Jane screenshot program. I copied an image from an email and then pasted it in to Windows Live Writer.
It doesn’t matter which screenshot program your using. It applies when you’re copy and pasting images in to Windows Live Writer.
My first test was pasting directly in to the Windows Live Writer program. Image is inserted, looks fine, and notice the image type, PNG; and the size of the PNG image- almost 30k.
I took the same image and pasted it in to irfanview, and simply saved it as a JPG; nothing special just saved it. And then I dragged the image from my desktop [where I saved it] in to Windows Live Writer. By doing this, it tells Windows Live Writer to preserve the image type [apparently].
Notice the image type and then notice the image size, 13k, less than HALF of the PNG file.
I found this out and then I went searching. I can’t find anything about this; nothing out there telling about this. Seems kinds odd. There’s normally a bunch of uber-geeks that notice this stuff and cry foul- this time, I can’t find them.
I can’t find any plug-ins to address this in Windows Live Writer, but what I did find was SMUSH.IT for WordPress, but it doesn’t apply to PNG files. I emailed them to see if there’s anything they could do about maybe adding this feature [to handle JPG files].
So, by actually converting your images to JPG first and then importing them in to Windows Live Writer, you’ll save, bandwidth and increase your web page load speed, AND you might be able to store more images/data online now with your HOST of choice.
Hope this helps someone.
|Update October 04, 2009:
I received this Twitter [ScottisaFool] about another plug-in or a new plug-in that addresses this issue. Here’s the link.
And 64-bit’rs- you’ve to copy the DLL from the folder to the Windows Live Writer/plug-in folder as a temp solution.
L. Henry Jr.
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