Compression Software

Stephen Modena nmodena at
Sun Dec 8 18:05:08 EST 1991

>From:	IN%"harper at"  4-DEC-1991 04:52:00.39
>To:	IN%"software at"
>Subj:	RE: Compression Software
>>In <1991Dec4.043820.7565 at> donnel at (Donald A. Lehn) writ
>>>       I'm afraid that you will be hard pressed to compress these files.
>>>I'm pretty sure that they are TIFF files and as such are about as
>>>compressed as they can get.  (You can compress the header info though and
>>>that is how you squeezed the 3Mb out of the file.)
>>This is also true for GIF files, they are already compressed, so there is
>>not much point trying to compress them further... and in some cases if
>>you do try it you will get a BIGGER file than you started with.
>>>Donald A. Lehn, Ph.D.                      Phone: (301) 496-2885
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>>>National Cancer Institute / NIH            Email: donnel at
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>There is a program available for PCs running DOS -- the program is called JPEG;
>it compresses  GIF files (not sure about TIFF) -- the compession ratio depends
>on how much  quality (i.e. resolution) you want retained. It easily compresses
>by a factor of two with very little image degradation. I don't know what other
>platforms it can run on, or if there are any file size limits, but I will post
>the name/address of the developer (it's shareware, so you only pay if you want
>to keep it, and a very reasonable price at that!).
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Well, the* fora have plenty of traffic in GIFs that have been
JPEG'd....and the compression is typically 4:1....that is, a 30K *.jpg
file of decompresses to a 120K *.GIF file.  The ratio varies according
to a Q-factor set upon compression of the original.

And I'd say "wake up" to this JPEG algorithm, Folks, 'cuz I just read in
INFO WORLD (or was it PC Week) that Chips & Technology and another
company are producing a chip set that will do JPEG
decompression/decompression on the fly for MultiMedia (you know, movies
on your PC screen).

So within 1 year GIF/TIFF and others will become a gross waste of
bandwidth for transmission of serious images.

Have a nice day!   :^)

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