Image Optimizer


A Visual Studio extension that optimizes PNG, GIF and JPG file sizes without quality loss. It uses SmushIt and PunyPNG for the optimization.

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by DavidDeSloovere | October 09 2013

Can't get easier than this.
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by Gundepuneni Mahender | September 13 2013

by eldiosyeldiablo | August 14 2013

by Charlie Shen | June 17 2013

by D. Chatterjee | May 20 2013

Helps a lot with Images

by bas klvn | March 07 2013

very handy tool. Thanks!

by Waqas M | February 08 2013

Nice tool

by Caio Vilas Boas | December 07 2012

Works great! Reduces 30% (average) of images size.

by Scott Wylie | November 29 2012

Great tool when it works but I get a lot of Operation Timeouts (which I know is not the tools fault). After about 500 images it crashed VS 2012 Update 1.

by Susant sahu | November 22 2012

it optimizes 20- 40%...very nice tool

by Bobby Cannon (CSI) | November 08 2012


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by Bennor McCarthy | October 04 2012

Works great and is super easy to use.

by AAKoken | September 03 2012

Nice extension!

by Rob Reynolds (FerventCoder) | August 26 2012

Literally one of the biggest time saver extensions I have. Fantastic!

by Sean Gephardt | August 06 2012

This is a great extension, very handy and easy to use.

by dale_janssen | August 01 2012

I found many times the PunyPNG and Smushit websites either timed out or returned 500 errors. While I realize this is not the tool's fault, it does limit the usefulness.

In addition, while working with Assembla as a code repository, it will often delete images that do not need optimizing. Those that were optimized are saved properly. Can't seem to see a pattern, but once again this really limits the usefulness. If you optimize a folder, you have to figure out what images are deleted that should not have been from others that were optimized.

by John R. Cutburth II | April 22 2012

This is a great tool. I wish more Web developers would think about how much bandwidth we are wasting.

by Trevor Forrester | April 13 2012

I am having exception errors using it with VS 2010 Sp1

by Titatuh | April 01 2012

As I tried - works super!

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  • Problem with Smushit Service Lately?
    1 Posts | Last post September 12, 2012
    • I would say over the past couple weeks every file i try to optimize with the plugin says: No optimization needed.
      Is there a problem with the plugin as of late?
  • Problem with file names including '-'
    1 Posts | Last post June 25, 2012
    • I faced with the following error "The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a receive." with an image containing '-' character in its name.
      thanks by the way, it really helps =) 
  • Not working in website projects
    5 Posts | Last post April 30, 2012
    • When I try to optimize images on my 'images' folder I get this message in the output window: 
      ------ Image optimization started -----
      No PNG or JPG images in selected folder(s)
      ------ Image optimization finished -----
      There is about 30 jpg and png files in my images folder so it looks like there is something wrong with the plugin. This is for a website project / not a "Web Appliction" project.
    • I have same problem... how resolve this?
    • This is probably because you're image files are under source control. Check them out first and then run Image Optimizer. I'm working on an update that will check out the files from source control automatically
    • I'm not using source control (don't even have it installed) and I get this same issue. Also if I right-click a png or jpg image the optimize menu items are disabled.
    • Same here.  I even made a copy of the folder that I did not include into source control and I get the same message in the output window.
  • VS 2011 Dev Preview
    3 Posts | Last post January 17, 2012
    • Nice and useful extension, could you make it supports VS 2011?
    • Thanks. I have plans to build VS11 support for it shortly
    • I see it's listed as compatible now, thanks a lot!
  • PngOptimizer is better
    1 Posts | Last post December 20, 2011
    • Hi,
      why not use pngOptimizer to optimize images ?
      It is the best compression tool i've tested.
  • Optimize Image Option Disabled
    2 Posts | Last post December 16, 2011
    • When I right click on gif images, the context menu contains the Optimize Image option, but it is greyed out.
      I am using SVN as my source control, but so far as I can make out, the file is not impacted by it, i.e. the file is not read only and can be edited easily by other applications.
    • I'm trying to figure out why that is. In the meantime, you can click the containing folder and you should be able to optimize all images within
  • Visual Web Developer Express 2010?
    2 Posts | Last post November 18, 2011
    • Does this tool work with Visual Web Developer Express 2010?
    • No, unfortunately it isn't possible to add extensions to the Express edition. Only Microsoft can do that
  • Do Not See the "Extra Data Uri to ClipBoard Option"
    2 Posts | Last post October 28, 2011
    • I had been using your plugin and love it. But reinstalled my computer and now just installed the plugin again and the "Extra Data Uri to ClipBoard Option" option when i right click files is not showing up.
      The Optimize images option is there but why cant i see the "Extra Data Uri to ClipBoard Option" option?
      Any suggestions?
    • That feature has moved to the Web Essentials plug-in
  • No optimization needed
    2 Posts | Last post October 28, 2011
    • Always get "No optimization needed" as others have said. Using SVN and my source code control (no VS Plug In) and none of the images are set to read-only in file system...
    • It could be a permission issue even though the files don't have the read-only flag. Try setting the permissions on your image folder to allow Full Control for the user 'Everyone'.
  • Optimizer not working as expected
    4 Posts | Last post September 30, 2011
    • Well done on the extension, it looks great. However I wasnt able to get it up an running.
      I installed it. When I right click on an image (.gif, .jpg, .png) in solution explorer, I dont get the option to Optimize the image, its greyed out.
      If I right click on a folder and click optimize images - the output window reports "No optimization needed" for each image. This occurs with every folder containing images I try.
      I have tried to extract a data uri via a css stylesheet or by right clicking on the image, but the option is never available to me.
      I have installed this extension on 2 seperate PC's and have same issue. I disabled all other extensions thinking there may be a conflict but no luck.
      Any idea what I might be doing wrong? I downloaded the latest version and installed that. Any tips as to where I am going wrong?
    • I am also missing the dataURI functionality, If I right click on an image in the CSS file I have no options to convert it to base64. The only options I have that are Image Optimizer related are just the plain vanilla Optimize images on folders in the solution explorer. I am using VS2010SP1 Ultimate on Windows 7. The functionality I was hoping to get from the extension seems to be missing for me.
    • I'm getting the same message "No optimization needed" for every image/folder I try.  Either I am just awesome, which I'm not or it's not working right.
    • This is probably because you're image files are under source control. Check them out first and then run Image Optimizer. I'm working on an update that will check out the files from source control automatically 
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