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My favourite part about this tech-letter is that you have no idea what I'm talking about. By attachments, I mean documents, photos, and videos; and by weight-loss, I mean compression.

Today's newsletter is a simple but effective one, because I'm sure many of us have experienced trying to send or store some type of media that happens to be too heavy. This is stressful, I get it. Just 1 iPhone photo can weigh upwards of 5MB (spoiler: it's a lot).

So I'm going to share my top (3) resource(s) for compressing your images, videos, and PDF documents. Bookmark these.

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1) Compress Images ๐Ÿ“ท
Image compression

There are way too many image-compression websites, but I happened to stumble upon this one one day and I can't not use it anymore. 

Using Photodog is extremely simple. Drag your image, wait for the magic to happen (2 seconds), and download. Look at the screenshot above as an example. I dragged IMG_1033.jpeg from my desktop to this website; the original size was 2.15MB and the new size is 644.73KB. That's a 71% improvement. 

A big thing I've realized is that other image compression services I've used sometimes completely change the quality of the image, but I haven't found that to be the case with Photodog (or at least, it's barely noticeable). All the images I have ever sent on The Tech-Letter have been compressed on this website.

P.S. This is someone random's side project. Which is pretty cool I think. 

    2) Compress videos ๐Ÿ“น
    Video compression

    Same same... but different. My biggest beef with this one is that I can't drag and drop (we're in 2020, this is unacceptable). 

    There are a few reasons why I like VideoSmallerThough Photodog is also accessible through your phone, video files are generally significantly heavier than anything else. A simple 30 screen-recording on my laptop can weigh a few hundred MBs (spoiler: this is also a lot). 

    With VideoSmaller you can upload a video from any device you own (as long as it has a web browser) and compress up to 500MB. Most free compressors barely let you do 200. 

    You can choose whether to remove the audio from the video or scale the width; it supports most video formats (MP4, AVI, MOV); and videos are removed from VideoSmaller servers after a few hours. 

    Need I say more? Just look at how much my video was compressed by: from 24.66MB to 2.26MBThe only other point to note I'd say would be not having as "HD" of a video once you compress it (which is obvious, because... how else would you compress a video). 

    3) Compress PDFs ๐Ÿ“„
    PDF Compression

    Remember that one scene in The Office where Jim gives Pam a tea-pot with surprise gifts inside? Think of this PDF compressor as that tea-pot, because there's so much more you can do here.

    For starters, you can drag and drop on ILovePDF (yay) or even link your Google Drive/ Box folders. Once you do, it's as simple as choosing what type of compression you want (the "Recommended" option is usually the best bang for your buck), and waiting for it to compress. 

    Obviously, the heavier your PDF, the longer this might take. But for reference, I uploaded a PDF sized at 38.19MB, and downloaded a similar quality one at 18.74MB (that's 51% smaller).

    Here's where the 'surprise gifts' come in. ILovePDF lets you automatically add page numbers (literally on a specific position, if you so choose), rotate PDFs, add passwords to protect them, merge other PDFs or even split them up.

    Plus, if you go to ILovePDF's website, there's a world of other features they have. From converting PDF -> Word, JPG -> PDF, adding watermarks, editing PDFs... you read that right. I said editing PDFs. You truly start loving PDFs.

    There you have it! I had a different tech-letter planned for today but a few of you really liked an older one where I covered ways to download content from social media (YouTube, Twitter, IG), so figured this might also seem useful. I most certainly have these bookmarked. To the point where I've considered making Photodog my default homepage.

    P.S... you might as well do 10 pushups while you wait.

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