Today I was Googling for "lego furniture for adults" because I have often wondered if there was such a product out there. To be more specific I was looking for some sort of modular home furnishings with which you could create simple home furnishings without the need for table saws, drill presses, nail guns, a garage to hold all of that stuff, and the budget to buy all of that stuff, plus of the confidence and ability to follow through with making all the stuff. My search revealed these websites of interest…
We were looking for an easy way to resize batches of photos and overlay a company logo onto photos and tried out a few different options… this solution “Visual Watermark” was the one that worked best for us. To find this post you might also have searched for “watermarking software review, professional watermarking solution, pro watermark software, watermarking that supports constrain proportions.” Here are the screenshots and walkthrough:
Summary: If your already saving images for the web out of photoshop using the “save for web” tool ( under the file menu ) then your not likely to get big gains using Smush.it.
I saw a tweet about yahoo’s http://www.smushit.com/ysmush.it/ Smush.it service that is supposed to compress images your using in web design without losing any quality …. I ran it against 40 files and eeked out a measly couple percent at best. All of these images ( jpgs, png8, gifs ) were exported from photoshop cs using the save for web tool.
There has been lots of talk about making your site super fast to download in order to get better search engine rankings. It is not a big factor and it also must be considered that if you make your site super duper fast by not having any images at all then your not likely to win anything cause your site would be plain and the human reaction would be negative. Why not just remove the giant slider on top of the site? Or remove the big background image? Or get rid of jquery?
Ok, all things being equal then compressing your site gives you the edge but I think our time is better spent elsewhere. Like putting something of real value on these websites.
Anyone know of one?
As an alternative I might go the image overlay route here:
I also want my slideshow to load super fast without having to load all the images that will go into the slideshow when the page loads. Instead I want it to download the first one … render the page and let the user get on with things… then have the slideshow pull in the images dynamically. I found this solution with JCycle ( jquery )
You might also find this helpful if you searched for: jquery slideshow preloading