NXPowerLite Desktop 8 is our most powerful compression engine ever, supporting more file types than our previous versions. However, the main aim we set out to achieve with this version was to add a host of new features to help you complete your tasks quicker.
We all have busy work schedules and the more time you can save on small admin and editing tasks, whether it’s resizing a batch of images or making backups of your files into a separate drive, then the more time you have to focus on the more important tasks on your radar.
This month, in a change to what we mentioned in the last feature focus (apologies, we’ll be covering PNG support next month), I wanted to focus on the simple shortcuts we’ve added to the right-click menu (context menu). This is a poignant topic for this month’s feature focus as one of the new additions to these options, that of the accelerator key shortcuts in our Windows version, is the request of Rick Altman, head honcho of the Presentation Summit which we attended last week. But more about them later.
As you can see from the image below, by using the context menu on a Windows operating system you have access to four main options, each with sub-options within them:
Add to NXPowerLite - This is the simplest of all of the options as it just adds your chosen file(s) to our software, ready to compress. You can then choose the settings you wish to use to compress your file and alter the save settings.
Optimize - If you’re happy with the settings that you currently have selected within your app then the Optimize shortcut will allow you to quickly compress your file with one of three save settings. You can either create optimized copies, back up your file to its original location and then replace the original file or just replace the original in its current location.
Optimize and send to - These options again assume that you’re happy with your current app settings, but allows you to quickly compress your file(s) and then send them to either a zip file, to your default mail recipient or a combination of the two.
Resize - The three sets of options we’ve covered are available to any file that NXPowerLite supports. However, if the file you want to compress is a JPEG then you get an extra option. You can use the resize shortcut to compress your image file and scale it to 1920 x 1080 pixels. This is the resolution for full HD or 19:6 aspect ratio. The file size difference between just optimizing a file and optimizing and resizing is vast (as you can see below) so this is a great option when you need to shrink images or send a batch of them by email.
As mentioned earlier, the last piece of the puzzle we’ve added is the ability to use accelerator keys to access these shortcuts. Accelerator keys and shortcuts are a common feature of Microsoft software, there’s so many great ones out there and they’re always adding more with each version. If you’re interested to learn what’s out there check out this article on the Windows keyboard shortcuts.
The accelerator keys are enabled by hitting Shift & F10 in Explorer. In version 7 it took more than 15 keypresses to get to the optimize with NXPowerLite option. In this latest version that has been reduced to just two.
On Mac OS your options are slightly more limited as you can see from the image below:
The Add to NXPowerLite option remains, as do the all of the options under the Optimize command and the ability to compress files and then automatically send via email. What’s missing are the ability to send optimized files to a zip file, JPEG resizing and the option to use accelerator keys.
As mentioned earlier, don’t forget to check out our next feature focus which will dive into more detail on the new PNG compression we’ve added to Desktop 8.
Mike Power, CEO, Neuxpower