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Add TinEye similar image search to your Google Chrome context menu

TinEye is a slick "reverse lookup" tool that helps you find similar images from a source. It's the kind of thing that would be handy to be able to access from your browser's context menu: see an image you want to search, right click it, and get your results! Firefox users have been able to add this functionality for a while [addon link], and now Google Chrome users have an option as well. A...

Google offers up to a 40% discount on all JPEGs -- with new WebP format!

There's a lot of bandwidth being wasted every single second, and Google thinks they've got a pretty snazzy new way to tackle part of the problem. Behold! The new WebP image format! Following in the freshly-trampled footsteps of its video cousin WebM, Google claims that average savings of about 40% over a comparable JPEG can be achieved. Curiously, the image they chose to provide CNet as an...

In a pinch, PSD Viewer might save you... or it might not

Ah, viewers! Whether you love the fact that they exist, or hate the fact that we live in a world that necessitates them, file viewers are a vital part of any computer user's tool kit. The number of times I've seen sent a Microsoft Word file and not been able to open it... ugh! Fortunately I have Photoshop, but I'm sure there are lots of people out there that don't -- that's where PSD Viewer...

GMail becomes even more like a local app with drag-and-drop image attachment

There are still a couple features that keep GMail from "feeling" like a desktop email client, but Google obviously has their sights set on making it perform as much like a native app as possible. Recently they added drag-and-drop file attachments, and now they've extended that ability to image insertion. Need to remind someone it's peanut butter jelly time? Grab your favorite dancing banana...

Speed up browsing on low-speed connections with Toonel.net

If you frequently find yourself browsing on a low-bandwidth connection, you can potentially speed up your browsing experience by using the compressing proxy server at Toonel.net. The concept is simple: install their application on your computer (versions are available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Sun Solaris, and even Windows Mobile and Symbian), then set your proxy settings to point to your localhost...

WinZip 12 supports lossless JPG compression

WinZip is sort of the Xerox/Kleenex of the compression world. While many geeks prefer alternate file compression utilities like 7-zip, TUGZip, or WinRar, you're more likely to find WinZip installed on any given office computer. And with the launch of WinZip 12, the developers have shown that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Probably the biggest changes in WinZip 12 have to do with...

Microsoft offers beta HD Photo plugins for Photoshop

You may recall at the start of the month that MIcrosoft had achieved some recognition of its HD Photo specification, something that has raised eyebrows amongst those of us who don't use WIndows as our Operating System. Much to its credit, however, Microsoft does seem to be working hard to ensure that the format is cross platform, and that patents are freely licenced to ensure the format is...

Crop multiple images with JPEGCrops

Got a few hundred digital photos lying in a folder on your desktop because you haven't had time to crop, resize, and sort them? JPEGCrops make tackling that job a little less daunting. As you can probably guess from the title, JPEGCrops lets you crop images. JPEG imags to be specific. Who would have thunk? You can open a bunch of pictures at once, set a directory to save the files, and enter...

Easily access your photo's EXIF data

With the recent release of Microsoft Photo Info, your photo's EXIF data is just a hover away. This little software add-in allows you to view, add or modify common metadata that is stored in digital photos. Once installed you'll find a new "Photo Info" option when you right-click supported image files in Explorer. Microsoft Photo Info lets you work with individual or groups of images, which is a...

Vista fires warning shot at JPEG images

There are few file formats ubiquitous as JPEG (ASCII text comes to mind). It's almost universally compatible, available in every image handling application you could possibly want to use and, it works swimmingly well. Who could possibly want to change all that? Microsoft, that's who. Last year Microsoft began promoting its Windows Media Photo format, recently renamed HD Photo (ostensibly to gain...

Windows Media Photo: Microsoft's JPEG-killer?

I just love making those "XYZ-killer" titles, though I suspect you readers tire of it. Anyhow, at Microsoft's WinHEC conference on Wednesday it showed off Windows Media Photo, a new file format intended to displace JPEG. Though the CNet article isn't especially specific, Microsoft had all kinds of good things to say about its new baby, including how it can achieve twice the compression at the same...