Desktop 8 Feature Focus: Compress & Zip Files

File optimisation doesn’t necessarily stop with just the individual file you’re looking to shrink. Sometimes it’s possible to impart a greater level of compression by zipping a file after using our software to shrink it. This way the file will be as small as is physically possible.

It’s for this reason that we decided to add zip capabilities to NXPowerLite Desktop and also why we decided to make it much easier to do so in NXPowerLite Desktop 8 by adding shortcuts into the Explorer right-click menu and the results page after using our software.

Getting a file down to its smallest possible form is just one reason for incorporating zip in our software. Sometimes people want to compress and collect their files all together into a single file for ease of sharing or storage and we wanted to make that as easy as possible.

It’s not always easy to tell just by looking at a file whether it will compress well with NXPowerLite or with Zip - having to try either zipping or optimizing individually to see which works would be painful. So we made it so you can let NXPowerLite do both at the same time so you don’t even have to think about it.

But why, you ask, do I need Zip compression if I can compress my files directly with NXPowerLite? Well, some files don’t optimize well and some don’t zip well:

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NXPowerLite is particularly effective at shrinking images found in PDF and Microsoft Office files, as well as standalone JPEGs, because they are already compressed. Zip is better at long strings of characters in text-based Word documents or data-heavy Excel files. It’s also great for combining files into one easy-to-manage archive.

However, if you have the option to use both on your files you’ll be able to compress most of the commonly used file formats to a degree (with the exception of video files - though we’re working on a new tool to deal with MP4 and MOV files).

So what are the benefits of having both compression and zip under one roof?

  1. Simplicity: Not having to think about which technology to use. If you want your files as small as possible choose to both optimize and zip in NXPowerLite.

  2. Convenience: If you need to compress image-heavy files that will only reduce with NXPowerLite optimization and also collect those files together you don’t have to use two applications - do it all from the one app.

  3. Versatility: If you have a mix of image-heavy and text/data-heavy files - Optimize and Zip allows you to get the best reduction across all of the files without having to figure out which technology to use for which file.

Now that I’ve explained why we’ve included zip into our software, it’s time to show you some real world application. Here's two ways you can put this new feature to work:

1. From the results screen after compression:

2. From the Explorer context menu:

As I say each month, I’d love to know what you think of this new feature. Or, if you have ideas for new features for the Desktop 9 then please do share them with me.

Thanks again and don’t forget to check out our next feature focus which will explain why we added PNG & TIFF file support to our software.

Best regards,

Mike Power, CEO, Neuxpower

Desktop 8 Feature Focus: Compress & Zip Files