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Useful links about sound and image data compression

Audio

Images

A free, Open Source audio Player supporting almost every audio format (including those listed in this page)

foobar2000 not only natively includes almost every codec, but it is one of the few players which supports ASIO driven devices - if not the only one.

A free Player wich can use WinAmp plug-ins.

XMPlay is quite similar to WinAmp, without suffering of its gigantism,  and without purporting to play videos. It can  nevertheless play almost any audio format, thanks to its Winamp plug-in support,  too. It is very light, it doesn't require installation, so that it will not smear you registry.

Lossless compression
aka reversible.

 FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) (suffizx. .flac):

FLAC, general info

FLAC for Windows, Linux, macOs X, Amiga, Irix, Solaris 

GUI front-ends for Flac:

Flac is a "command line" program. For those who are not used to this way of operation, several graphical front-ends (as usual in Linux, MacIntosh and also Linux) have been developed.

Windows:

Speek's,

FlacDrop,

Frontah,

UniversalFront

Winamp-plugins (encode decode)

Linux:

Grip (How to configure for Flac)

MacIntosh:

MacFLAC

xACT

Monkey Audio (Windows only, for the moment) (suffix: .ape)

Monkey Audio web site

Winamp plug-in  (Decode

Apple ALAC lossless compressor

Windows decoder

MacOs decoder

Lossy compression 
aka irreversible

MP3:

MP3,  general information (official MPEG site)

LAME (MP3 compatible, Open source)

LAME for  Windows:

Kutsanov page

Bakerweb

LAME for  MacIntosh:

iTunes

DropMP3

ZLURP

LAME for  Linux::

RareWaves

GUI front-ends for Lame

Lame is a "command line" program. For those who are not used to this way of operation, several graphical front-ends (as usual in Linux, MacIntosh and also Windows) have been developed.

 Windows:

EnLAMEr

RazorLAME

WinLAME

LAMEBatch

WormMP3

ZLURP

Linux:

Avifile

Krabber

RipperX

T.E.A.R

ZLURP

OGG:

OGG-Vorbis,  general iinformation

OGG-Vorbis for Windows:

Vorbis-OGG encoder

GUI Interfaces

Speek's Oggifier

OGG-Vobis for Linux:

OGG-Vorbis for MacIntosh

MPC (MUSEPACK):

Musepack official Website

Wikipedia entry about MPC, MP3 and OGG

Plugins (Audition, Cool Edit, Winamp), encoders and decoders for Windows.

MacOs Tools

For Linux

 

Lossless compression
aka reversible.

GIF:

GIF, general information

TIFF:

TIFF, general information

PNG:

PNG, general information

Lossless and lossy compression 

JPEG:

JPEG, general information

JPEG2000:

JPEG 2000 general information

JPEG 2000 for Windows 

ER Mapper

Morgan Toolbox

Adobe Photoshop Plug-in

OpenEV & GDAL utilities (-> Sample Software Implementation)

XnView

JPEG 2000 for Linux

JPEG200 Linux Browser plugin

JPEG200 GIMP (linux) plugin

JPEG 2000 for MacIntosh

Adobe Photoshop Plug-in

ToyViewer

 

General-purpose compressors

These are the renowned zip-like compressors for generic files,  text files and similar.

A very good free, Open Source, compressor is 7-zip, better that the usual zip-rar compressors, which makes use of its own format 7z, besides the usual zip standard formats. Better results are achieved using the 7z format. Available in 59 localizations (languages), it is perfectly integrated in windows explorer. Unfortunately, only for windows, with the exception of a command-line version for Linux. It handles (i.-e. it decompress, but not generates) rar files.

http://www.7-zip.org

A good, free zipper, which supports almost every known format, is ALZip. It can open and decompress rar archives, as well as the ace and iso (CD images)  archives.

A free zipper suite, which supports also the 7z format is  ZipGenius, available in many different languages. Only or windows, helas.

 



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