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  • Compress Pictures Right From iOS With 'Small4MMS'

    Screenshot left: Before – Screenshot right: After

    If you send a lot of pictures via e-mail, MMS, or iMessage, you might find that the large file sizes can cause the messages to take a while to send. This is because it takes a while for those large files to get uploaded to the servers you’re sending them to. Luckily, there is a new free jailbreak tweak available in Cydia today called Small4MMS by iOS developer iOSHack and it allows you to compress pictures right from your Camera Roll in iOS.

    Shown above is a before and after image displaying what the file-size of a particular photograph was prior to using and after using the tweak. Small4MMS actually adds a new option to the Action Menu in the Photos application that says, “Shrink it!” and it includes the current file size. The compression makes it much easier to send photographs to people via MMS, iMessage, and e-mail because it takes a lot less time to upload the smaller files to the necessary servers.



    When you tap on the “Shrink it!” button, you will be notified by an alert (shown above) that lets you know that the shrunken file was saved to your Camera Roll. The smaller photograph file is actually a separate file from the original photograph, so you will always have a copy of the original and the compressed version. This is good, because compression will distort the clarity of the image, so you are going to want to keep the original photograph for yourself because it is of the highest quality of the bunch.

    Small4MMS is a great idea and solves a pretty big problem. Hopefully it will assist you in speeding up your photo-sharing needs anywhere that you may need to upload photographs that are large in file-size. For a free tweak, I’d say it’s worth grabbing. It has no options to configure.

    Name: Small4MMS
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0-1
    Requirements: iOS 5
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: iOSHack
    Editor's Rating:  4/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Compress Pictures Right From iOS With 'Small4MMS' started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      I wonder how it shows up on the other end... Size wise I mean.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      I wonder how it shows up on the other end... Size wise I mean.
      Ditto
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      I wonder how it shows up on the other end... Size wise I mean.
      Compressed, of course.
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Compressed, of course.
      What about the quality of that compression? Can we get screenshots of a picture before and after compression?
    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      It's a free tweak,nothing like trying it yourself to see the quality and everything else about it.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Awesome!
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HovikGas View Post
      What about the quality of that compression? Can we get screenshots of a picture before and after compression?
      I'll try it..
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by HovikGas View Post
      What about the quality of that compression? Can we get screenshots of a picture before and after compression?
      It's not horridly noticeable, however it is distinguishable. I didn't include pictures because the iPod touch's 1 megapixel camera is already low quality so the quality difference will be hard to see.

      Try it out (It's free!)
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      So it definitely does decrease the quality of the image. Not horribly but it is noticeable. I will add that it was almost instant in sending.
      I'll upload some images when I get home
    1. mgmm1's Avatar
      mgmm1 -
      It did save 4 seconds in sending a compressed photo to myself compared to the original photo. You need to compress the photo(s)first in the photo app and then choose the compressed photo to email or text it.

      In my test, both the original and compressed photos that were received appeared identical. I assumed the compressed photo would actually be smaller and it wasn't.
    1. catstide's Avatar
      catstide -
      I think I'll pass on saving the 4 seconds. If it's worth sending,I want to send the best quality available. Don't want people to think I'm using an Android.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by catstide View Post
      I think I'll pass on saving the 4 seconds. If it's worth sending,I want to send the best quality available. Don't want people to think I'm using an Android.
      lol
    1. MMX007's Avatar
      MMX007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      Ya but I hate the plugs right now I've always hated the small thin piece of plastic with metal pads that has to mate with the plug, it looks as if apple is making it so it don't matter which way you insert and and they got rid of the crappy old thin piece on the current one. even the micro USB has it and they both are a nightmare to insert in the middle of the night with the light off. Apple knows it to.
      😄😃😄😃