NXPowerLite’s default settings are set to give the best trade-off between size reduction of the file and output quality for most use cases. However, by adjusting these settings you can focus more on improved reduction or better quality using the advanced options. This ability to adjust settings can be incredibly useful when looking at your daily tasks or workflows.
For example, a photographer might want to compress a batch of JPEGs with a high resolution and compression level (e.g. for print) one minute but then work on another set of JPEGs with much lower settings (e.g. for web) the next, both of which would benefit from using different compression settings to get the best results.
In earlier versions of NXPowerLite Desktop users could only create one settings profile, meaning they would need to tweak their compression settings constantly to suit their immediate needs. This could be quite frustrating when dealing with a number of tasks that require very specific settings, especially if these were regularly occurring tasks.
Think about a digital camera, if you want to shoot a panoramic picture or a sunset scene you just flick a switch to go to the appropriate settings, take your snap and then revert back to your automatic focus settings. You’re using the optimum settings for the task at hand.
In version 8 we introduced a new feature to make task specific compression much easier… Custom Profiles.
Custom Profiles was a feature inspired by Troy Chollar, President and Co-founder of TLC Creative Services, Inc. and the man responsible for the PowerPoint blog. Troy wanted us to make it possible to create multiple custom optimization profiles. With Desktop 8 you can now create unlimited profiles, name them and choose them quickly from the main dialog (and in Windows email clients) as you optimize files, making it easy to change settings to suit your current task.
Here's what Troy had to say about Custom Profiles: “As a presentation designer I have been a longtime fan of NXPowerlite as my go to resource for optimizing presentations. Desktop 8 included a lot of great additions and our team immediately leveraged the new profiles library. We developed a set of custom profiles to match our workflow, then loaded them on all computers allowing everyone on our design team to have the same options and results! Having a library of preset optimization profiles available in a few clicks, vs. manually updating compression settings several times a day to meet project needs, has been another big production time saver!”
So, if we go back to our example, our photographer could use Custom Profiles to set a profile to keep JPEG quality at a high level (e.g. quality 9), resize the images to say 3840 x 2160 pixels and remove any EXIF data from each image. Then create a separate profile to optimize JPEGs at a lower level and resolution.
Once all the necessary settings have been configured all that’s needed is to name your preset profile and then save it. It will then be stored in your app for use whenever you need it, allowing you to carry out one task then easily switch to a separate profile to carry out a different task. Once saved you can edit each profile as and when you please.
What’s also neat about this new feature is that the profiles that you make are completely transferable. By that I mean that if you create a selection of custom profiles on your Windows device then, should you decide to switch to using another PC or even Mac OS, you can export them from an NXPowerLite Desktop installation and import to other installations of NXPowerLite Desktop on different machine(s). Really handy for when you get a new computer at home or change jobs.
That’s everything you need to know about the new Custom Profiles feature so it’s time to show you a demo of it in action. Below are video for use on Windows and Mac OS:
This month, I’d love to know how this feature helps improve your workflow and makes you more productive. 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 decided to add PNG & TIFF support to Desktop 8.
Mike Power, CEO, Neuxpower