Does anyone know of any software that can compress or improve the speed at which images (eg. photos)on a website can be downloaded. As you know, the speed at which your site downloads is very important.
I usually run images thru myImager.com I've been able to reduce the size of some files by well over 65%. One thing is, if the file is a static gif then consider making it into a jpg format. They are much smaller in size and load faster.
I was having the same problems with my site images. The way I solved the problem was installing Photoshop6 and optimizing the image in their Image Ready software (it works with photo pictures too). I compressed a 365kb jpeg image to 41.9kb, a 16kb gif to 5 kb..and so on. All you need is an image optimizer, I would stay away from Fireworks (dreamweavers version of photoshop) because you can only save your images as a png file and this type of image is new and a lot of browsers aren't equipped to handle a png file. However, Photoshop lets you save your images as gifs and jpegs which are web friendly files. Hope this helped. Good luck!