Balesio FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 Review
Balesio FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 Review
Every user has got a lot of different files on the computer. Some like taking photos, some writing articles and some reading books but all of them need a free space on the hard drive because more files are added every day and it’s getting overfilled. There are at least three ways to solve this problem:
Firstly, you can delete all unneeded files and free up some space on your hard drive but this is no solution to this problem because usually we store only necessary and the most needed files on the computer, free space obtained in this way will be small and insignificant.
Secondly, you can burn all the files to CD, DVD and Blu-Ray disks or transfer them to USB drive and external hard drive. Unfortunately, this method of saving files is not ideal either, disks and removable media require additional expenses and nobody has got money to burn.
Thirdly, you can use special programs which reduce the size of files. Luckily, there are plenty of programs on the software market, for example, WinRar, WinZip or PoweArchiver. But this method is not perfect neither. Of course, they are useful and greatly minimize the file size and afford an opportunity to free up the hard disk space but they are suitable only for long-term saving, not for everyday use and offer minimal possibilities you cannot compress, for example, PDF and graphic files.
Fortunately, now all these problems are over. You do not need to spend your money on disks or USB drives and waste your time on compressing and decompressing files. Thanks to a great program developed by Swiss company Balesio AG and called FILEminimizer Suite 8.0. You can now greatly minimize your image files, office documents, and email clients such as Outlook and Lotus Notes up to 90% per cent retaining at the same time the original format and quality of the files.
FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 is a unique program which allows you to make Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF documents and image files much less without changing the native format. Optimized files are much smaller, safer and ideal for sharing and exchange, as well as for sending via email. Users do not need to install any additional software to edit and view those optimized files.
Due to the innovative and proprietary technology NFO (short for Native File Optimization) you can noticeably reduce the file size. This means that the file will take less disk space but will be available in the program in which it was created.
Download and Installation
FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 is available for download from the official Balesio website. It is a simple EXE file about 17 MB in size. The trial version is functional for 30 days but adds watermarks to optimized files, the price is $78.00 and is licensed per user. The program interface supports five languages – English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
The installation process is typical and it does not require any computer skills. After clicking on the program EXE application, you will be greeted with the Welcome screen. The next two steps are standard, you must accept the license agreement and select the destination location in which all necessary program components will be extracted and saved. In the third step, you can select some additional add-ins which will be integrated into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lotus Notes. This requires about 50 MB of disk space. You may uncheck these add-ins if you do not want to install them or if you do not have these programs installed on your computer. After extracting all necessary components, the program will be installed and you will be ready to free up the space on your hard drive by minimizing the size of your images, office and PDF files.
The Interface of the Program
The interface of FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 is extremely simple and easy to use. In my opinion, it is precisely what it should be. The program lacks nothing and at the same time it has got everything for achieving the best compression results.
At the top of the program, you can see four Menu Bar buttons – File, Options, Language, and Help. A little belowthat there is a window adding files. You can add files simply by using the drag and drop method. Below this window are located three buttons for opening, optimizing and sending files by email client.
At the bottom of the program, there is a path for saving optimized files and five compression methods.
The Main Features of the Program
Supported File Formats
Balesio FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 supports the compression of the following file types:
Microsoft Word – DOC and DOCX formats
Microsoft Excel – XLS and XLSX formats
Microsoft PowerPoint – PPT, PPTX, PPS, and PPSX formats
Zipped PowerPoint, Word and Excel files are also supported.
All Microsoft office applications are supported by the program from Microsoft office 97 through 2013.
The program can deal with all well-known graphic formats – JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, and EMF on the one hand and PDF files on the other hand. Moreover, with the help of FILEminimizer Suite you can also compress the scanned PDF documents.
The program seamlessly integrates itself in all Microsoft Office applications so you can compress and optimize files without opening FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 directly from within these applications. This is very convenient and time-saving.
The program also integrates into the most popular email clients such as Microsoft Outlook (all versions are supported from 2000 through 2013) and Lotus Notes so you can compress files before sending them.
In addition, it integrates into the Windows context menu and you are able to perform any actions with the supported file formats just clicking the right button of the mouse.
The program offers five compression methods for reducing and optimizing files. They are as follows:
Identical Pixels – near identical with the original file and with pure compression and optimization
Visually Lossless – excellent visual quality with moderate compression and optimization
Visually Lossless Display – good visual quality and stronger compression and optimization
Visually Lossy – acceptable visual quality with the strongest compression and optimization
Custom Compression – the last method allows you to customize the compression settings manually by choosing the desired configurations.
A JPG image file was chosen for testing these four compression methods. It was 2,71 MB in size. Below you can see the screenshots related to each method.
Identical Pixels – the reduction ration is 1.8 % per cent and the size of the image is nearly the same.
Visually Lossless – the reduction ratio is 58 % per cent. The program was able to reduce the size of the photo from 2.72 to 1.14 MB.
Visually Lossless Display – the reduction ratio is 67.2 % per cent and the photo was reduced to 0.89 MB.
Visually Lossy – the reduction ratio is 96.1 % per cent and the photo size is only 0.10 MB.
The program includes a special built-in tool for searching files. It allows you to filter files by size, date, and type.
Windows XP – Windows 8
CPU with minimum 266 MHz
512 MB of RAM
30 MB of free hard disk space for the program installation
FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 is a unique and very useful program. It allows you to reduce the size of Microsoft Office, PDF, and image files significantly thanks to advanced and proprietary algorithm called NFO, specifically developed by Swiss company Balesio AG. The program has got a very intuitive and easy to use interface. All you need is to drag files to the program window and click Optimize. It allows you to reduce files up to 90 % without losing their original quality.
To sum up it may be said that Balesio FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 is a very needful program for them who want to keep original files intact on the one hand and greatly reduce their size on the other hand.
1. Document and image compression up to 90 % per cent
2. Compression of BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG and EMF image files
3. Compression of Microsoft Office documents
4. Compression of PDF files
5. Seamless integration into Microsoft Office and Windows context menu
Only five languages are supported