Google released improved WebP encoder

Google released a new version of its encoder for WebP — a new image format based on VP8. Google asserts that WebP images (pronounced as "weppy"), that the company wants to become new image format for the Web, are 39% smaller than equal JPEG images.

The first release of the encoder was harshly yet fairly criticized for not providing a good enough quality for still images. The development team addressed this critic rewriting the new encoder from scratch to exactly provide a better quality for still images while still being bitstream-compliant with VP8. The gallery was updated as well.

Builds are available for Windows, Linux and Mac. Additionally the download section features now a Windows Imaging component that makes WebP available in Microsoft products.

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