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Head Count! Amazing WmW Squash-a-Thon...

...who's interested in squishing a JPEG?

     
11:46 pm on Oct 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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The GIF/PNG Shrink-a-Thon was such fun (and interesting too!), I'd like to do the same for a JPEG format photo! Drop a quick "hey" or "thumbs up," etc. in this thread if you're interested in playing along...

If there's enough interest, I'll replace this thread with the URL of the victim.... err... "target" image. ;)

11:47 pm on Oct 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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sure, what the heck :)
11:52 pm on Oct 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I'm in - got my squishing finger on the trigger!
1:04 am on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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::chuckle:: OK now, don't everyone stampede in here all at once! (Teach me to post something when the rest of the world has gone home...)

Love the enthusiasm, oilman... ;)

1:22 am on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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well....if you insist.;)
1:47 am on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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How about a second category for the worst squished image!
1:48 am on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I'd be in on that one.....sadly.....
2:12 am on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Squashing jpeg's is so much more of a judgement call -- sounds like fun, count me in!
3:03 am on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I'll agree with tedster about the judgment call. I'm game as long as there are some sort of restrictions in place. With .jpg compression, there are many more factors that come into play as opposed to the .gif compression.

Keep in mind that the more colors the .jpg has, the tougher it will be to compress and still keep the quality factor. Another issue we are faced with are the varying monitor settings that users have along with their graphics display card. What may look good to you, might look like a mess to someone with different monitor settings.

3:21 am on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I am willing to participate in a FFA .jpg Squash-a-Thon with almost no rules!

The only one rule would be to stick with a single version each, 128 caracters to explain the process and 256 caracters to justify it (including spaces).

What do you think?

3:33 am on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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the more colors the .jpg has, the tougher it will be to compress and still keep the quality factor

Hehe... that's why I was thinking of some obnoxiously complex image like a sharply focused field of multi-colored wild flowers, or a crowd shot of a big latin fiesta. :) I'm evil that way...

About the only restrictions I was thinking of were: final image at 72ppi (this is a web graphics forum, after all), and must keep same inch dimensions... so if it starts out as a 2x3 inch 300ppi TIFF image, you'd need to end up with a 2x3 inch 72 ppi JPG. The peculiar balance between looks and size are what the whole game is about...

And the idea of picking a "winner" sounds awful to me. Do we pick the smallest file no matter what it looks like? Obviously not... But odds are the most "faithful" looking file will be one of the largest. Picking a winner would be a totally subjective excercise... so I prefer to think of it as a gentlemanly challenge, for educational and amusement purposes.

128 caracters to explain the process and 256 caracters to justify it
As for the accomanying essay, I'll figure that one out later. ;)

11:35 am on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I'm interested...

Hows about marking out of 10 on certain criteria..

Size: smallest best
Quality: less archives? best (those squiggly lines around things)
Faithfullness: closest in colours
Deviousness: in the gif one I'd have given DaveN 10 here :)

?

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I'll try my best..I'm in..
5:20 pm on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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marking out of 10 on certain criteria

Interesting idea... I'll give it some thought! (More time to spend on my part... ;) )

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I am in too!
9:19 pm on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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OOOH OOOH, me too, me too. :)
11:11 pm on Oct 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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OK, keep your eyes peeled in the next couple of days...

The image URL and [big]Official Squash-a-Thon Rules[/big] should be appearing in a WebmasterWorld Graphics forum near you...

6:36 pm on Oct 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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ROFL! Buncha' no-shows... or didn't you see the [big]Squash-a-Thon announcement [webmasterworld.com]?[/big]
1:10 pm on Nov 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Whappen'?

Overwhelmed by apathy?

After all the effort Mivox put in finding crabby images to squish everyone 'bottled out'.

<taunt voice>
Hah! Come and have a go if you think yer hard enough!
</taunt voice>

(Mivox, that should do the trick)

6:28 pm on Nov 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Thanks 4eyes... My whip cracking arm was getting sore. ;)
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Maybe I can win by default :)
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Count me in....what is the grandprize ????
4:40 pm on Nov 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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oK i'm in
<quote> About the only restrictions I was thinking of were: final image at 72ppi (this is a web graphics forum, after all), and must keep same inch dimensions... so if it starts out as a 2x3 inch 300ppi TIFF image, you'd need to end up with a 2x3 inch 72 ppi JPG. The peculiar balance between looks and size are what the whole game is about...</quote>

2x3 inch display or print size ?

and i thought the orginal was 4x4 inch print size yep ;)

gethan :o

4:56 pm on Nov 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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mivox,

will have a go on Monday, when i get back off my trip, will the contest still be open ?

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6:10 pm on Nov 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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the orginal was 4x4 inch print size
It was. the 2x3 thing was hypothetical, since I hadn't picked out the original image yet.

The final image needs to be 4x4 inches @ 72 ppi... So it would print out 4 inches square and look like garbage on paper. ;)

will the contest still be open ?
Oooohhhh.... I guess so. Just for you. ;)

what is the grandprize ?
The grand prize is the deep satifaction you get from just knowing, in your heart-of-hearts, that your image was the best of all.

"Best of all by what standards," you ask? Heck if I know... I'm not picking a winner. :) I'll post the results up so everyone can see the differences acheived with the various software packages and techniques everyone used.

I'll post the winners on Tuesday.

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I must've missed it... :( is the contest still open? if so where's the image to be squashed?

Jill Better-Late-Than-Never Jones

9:04 pm on Nov 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Contest will be open until Tuesday... Nov. 6, that is. :)

And [big]HERE[/big] [webmasterworld.com] are all the details.... Welcome aboard Ms. Better-Late-Than-Never-Jones! ;)

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Thanks mivox... I tried to download the graphic and it keeps freezing my system. Any other way to get it? I am on a dsl modem so I don't usually have any problems and a brand new computer system, so I'm not sure why I'm having problems with it.

ahh never mind I found the zip file...

4:47 am on Nov 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

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i squished it...