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.