Bargain 4.30

by snout on 08-01-2003, 23:56
Topic: Software
Tags: Utilities
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Source: Gigamix

A new version of the image compression tool Bargain was released today. Bargain is a fast, user-friendly compression tool which includes a file browser. A comparison chart of a certain images demonstrates how Bargain - in this case - compresses an image even better than GIF, PNG or LZH.

You can find Bargain here

Comments (5)

By Arjan

Paladin (714)

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09-01-2003, 23:54

Hehe try compressing that picture after shifting it a few pixels Smile I copied that bmp to a disk, renamed it to sc8, filled in a header and compressed it. Then is suddenly compressed to 18k, instead of 1.5k! That's not really a good result...

By anonymous

incognito ergo sum (109)

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13-01-2003, 09:43

Hi, Arjan,
Can you try to compress the same image with MIF and see the result?
However, I think 18KB out of 50KB is still good.
I haven't tried Bargain but I wish if it has a driver to work in BASIC.

By Arjan

Paladin (714)

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14-01-2003, 21:02

Indeed, MIF doesn't compress this picture very well, it only gets it down to 29k! The reason why I called the compression ratio of Bargain bad, is that if you zip the picture, it gets down to ~3k. POPCOM gets it down to 7k. Bitbuster (my own tool) only gets it down to 17k (which is bad too...). Bargain can compress this particular picture to 1.5k, mainly because it also tries to find repeating blocks of 8x8 pixels. Without this trick, it would only compress it to 18k.

Bargain can be used from BASIC, in fact it comes with complete source-code. Too bad the comments are all in Japanese

By anonymous

incognito ergo sum (109)

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15-01-2003, 09:43

Well, maybe ZIP and POPCOM are agressive compressors, but definitly they are much slower than Bargain or MIF, aren't they?
BTW, aren't you an ex-member of FutureDisk? I used to have many issues of it.

By Arjan

Paladin (714)

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15-01-2003, 18:10

heh, I'm still a member of the FutureDisk Smile We hope to surprise our members sometime with a nice present (dunno when...).

Anyways, ZIP isn't very fast indeed, but POPCOM is very fast! Maybe even faster than Bargain and MIF (ok not a real comparison because those also write to VRAM...). If you compress something with POPCOM, loading the compressed data from disk and decompresing it will take less time than just reading the uncompressed data!