Calling PureJPEG and PngCrush from Far Manager

I like to keep images that I upload to blog and websites small and free of metadata (EXIF etc). PureJPEG and PngCrush are two tools that help me to reduce image file size without affecting quality.

I invoke them from Far Manager using F2 user menu:

Far Manager user menu

Here’s how to configure it:

  1. Press F2 to open user menu.
  2. Press Insert key. Select ‘Insert Command’.
  3. Enter ‘j’ as hotkey, ‘PureJpeg’ as label and the following as command:
    “C:\Small Programs\PureJpeg\purejpeg.exe” “!.!”
  4. Press OK to save
Far Manager command to invoke PureJPEG

Far Manager replaces “!.!” with selected file name in double quotes.

I keep small apps and tools in ‘Small Programs’ folder. You might have them somewhere else.

Follow the same procedure for PNG Crush. Use this command:

"C:\Small Programs\Pngcrush\pngcrush.exe" -ow "!.!"

Note the -ow switch – it tells pngcrush to overwrite the source PNG file.

Now you can compress an image file losslessly by simply selecting it in Far Manager, pressing F2 and selecting PureJpeg or PngCrush.

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