Google Chrome Labs launches web app Squoosh

Chennai | Updated on November 15, 2018 Published on November 15, 2018

Screenshot of the Squoosh web app.

Can downsize, compress and reformat images

Google Chrome Labs has released web app - Squoosh that can downsize, compress, and reformat images.

In a blog post, Google said, “This powerful image compression tool launches almost instantly, and then manages a smooth UI even when it’s doing heavy work, including using Web Assembly to do more with codecs the browser doesn’t have baked in.”

In a post, 9to5google said, “Squoosh’s top priority is speed, and is primarily just a demo of new capabilities that recent improvements to Chrome already bring to the table. For example, by using WebAssembly, Squoosh is able to use image codecs that are not typically available in the browser.”

Squoosh supports various web formats including OptiPNG, MozJPEG, WebP, BrowserPNG, BrowserJPEG and BrowserWebP. Once the image is loaded, Squoosh works offline, and smoothly when heavy images are loaded.

The app works on all major browsers - desktop and mobile. The source code is availble at GitHub, says 9to5google.

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Published on November 15, 2018
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