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Balesio FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 Review
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Balesio FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 Review

by April 13, 2015

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.

Installation 1

Installation 2

Installation 4

Installation 8

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.

Interface

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.

Integration

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.

Compression

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.

Compression methods

Custom Compression

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.

Test Photo 1

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.

Test Photo 2

Visually Lossless Display – the reduction ratio is 67.2 % per cent and the photo was reduced to 0.89 MB.

Test Photo 3

Visually Lossy – the reduction ratio is 96.1 % per cent and the photo size is only 0.10 MB.

Test Photo 4

All 4 photos

Search Files

The program includes a special built-in tool for searching files. It allows you to filter files by size, date, and type.

Search Files 1

File search 2

System Requirements

Windows XP – Windows 8

CPU with minimum 266 MHz

512 MB of RAM

30 MB of free hard disk space for the program installation

Conclusion

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.

 

Pros

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

Cons

Only five languages are supported

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You are short of disk space? Use FILEminimizer Suite 8.0 to free it up!

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  • Daniel Dupont
    April 14, 2015 at 8:18 am
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    The best Software i ever used! It optimize all my files up to 95%
    The Integration in Outlook is also very good!

  • duggob
    January 14, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Does it retain details of camera used and dates taken?

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