The GIF Compression Engine in WebVise is capable of reaching compression
ratios as high as 175:1 for flat artwork such as logos, type, and illustrations.
For images, the compression ratio reaches as high as 20:1 without dithering
or degradation. Unlike other GIF compression software, WebVise uses Auto
F/X’s own unique technologies to accurately reproduce the image’s colors
using a browser safe 216 palette. This patent pending technology allows
the user to accurately reproduce practically any color while staying true
to the 216 palette. A large preview window features panning, before and
after compression comparisons, the graphic’s download time, and the ability
to view the GIF exactly as it will appear when downloading as an interlaced
or normal GIF.
The GIF Compression Engine is loaded with features, including a dither
amount slider, a resize image slider, and 4 local and 4 global transparency
settings with independent fringe control. With the target tool, the user
can also adjust color and dither amounts in a localized, targeted area.
Powerful image map path and marque tools allow the user to draw their image
maps from within WebVise prior to exporting the files. Any file saved out
of the GIF module is automatically watermarked using personalized Digital
Watermarking module settings, as defined by the user.
WebVise JPEG Compression
The JPEG Compression Engine allows the user to compress images at ratios
as high as 120:1, with the best quality ratio being around 60:1. Users
are able to compress their images with global, tonal, and color press controls.
Global compression is similar to standard JPEG quality settings, while
the tonal compression option allows the user to average tonal areas by
slightly diffusing the image to gain higher compression ratios. Color press
controls allow the user to sacrifice color fidelity to gain higher compression
ratios. With WebVise JPEG, a unique shield feature allows the user to target
color areas to shield from compression.
The JPEG Compression Engine allows the user to resize the JPEG file
before saving, which is especially useful if the user desires a larger
image, and the compression ratios are better than expected. On the other
hand, if the ratio for the graphic indicates a long download time, users
can opt to make the file smaller. Download statistics such as compression
ratios, download time, and adjustable download speeds are displayed as
the user adjusts the compression settings. With the simulated preview,
designers can see what the files will look like when downloading as either
a progressive or normal JPEG. Users are also able to create image maps
from within the JPEG module using either the pen or marque controls.
WebVise Optimized Dithering
The Optimized Dithering Engine provides for thousands of browser safe
colors built from the 216 safe palette. Using the target tool to select
the desired target color, designers are able to fuse any one of thousands
of possible variations into their artwork. With WebVise’s RGB slider, designers
can change the color mix of the selected color and use the color picker
to choose any RGB color to be converted to an optimized browser safe color
that is fused into a selection.
With the Optimized Dithering Engine, it is even possible to select a
color and adjust the brightness values while still remaining inside the
safe 216 color range. An export color feature allows the user to save the
current color variation as a seamless color tile for use
as background color on a web page. Until now, web background colors
have been limited to the 216 palette. With the Optimized Dithering Engine,
designers can choose from thousands of colors!
WebVise Digital Watermarker
WebVise Digital Watermarking technology allows the user to safely encode
a generous amount of copyright and comment information into their files.
Once this module is set up by filling in the copyright information it automatically
encodes each file saved in the GIF, JPEG and Animator modules. The watermarking
is also integrated with the batch processing software for added ease. Users
can enter in the Copyright owner’s name, company information, and Copyright
date which can also be set to automatically reflect the file save date,
a password which will only display the copyright information if the user
knows the password, a comments section, and a 20 character field which
is used for interlacing data.
With copyright infringement on the Internet such a serious problem,
this tool offers the user a measure of protection by helping identify the
graphics as their work. A freely distributed WebVise Digital Watermaker
reader application is included with the Totality suite of products.
WebVise Animator is the crown jewel of the Totality suite. Traditionally,
animated graphics are saved out of Photoshop as separate frames and compiled
as single animation by a third party application. This process of course
is tedious due to the numerous steps and lack of control. With WebVise
Animator, designers are able to create animations in seconds without ever
leaving Photoshop. Animator works as an export filter from Adobe Photoshop.
Designers work in Photoshop creating artwork for their animations and can
add new frames to the animation by pressing the F4 key. The Animator window
shows the animation previewing while the designer works, giving them instant
feedback and control.
One of the best features of WebVise Animator is the color quality that
is achievable. Using the same color rendering technology incorporated in
the GIF compression engine, the images look just like the original RGB
colors used in Photoshop but are built from a browser safe 216 palette.
The WebVise Animator interface provides the designer with important statistics
such as the average frame size, the total animation download size, the
number of frames in the animation, and the graphic’s download time.
Other features include 4 global and 4 local transparency regions, global
and independent interframe delay controls, independent frame scaling, frame
looping, and a one of a kind mirror frame option which allows for smooth
transitions in actions and effects. Animated movements, for example, will
reverse themselves, before starting over again. Animator can also compile
existing animation frames into the WebVise format if the user so desires.
Animation has never been so easy or so fun!
WebVise Hybrid Web Safe
WebVise Hybrid Web Safe Colors gives the user the ability to fuse thousands
of web safe colors into Photoshop or other image editing applications.
This product expands the web safe 216 palette to thousands of safe colors
by intelligently mixing the safe 216 colors at the pixel level to create
hybrid web safe colors. Designers can quickly pick a color using the standard
Photoshop color picker and can access any of the color libraries that ship
with Photoshop, including the Pantone and Trumatch color libraries. Any
color the designer chooses in the color picker will be returned to the
WebVise Hybrid Web Safe Colors plug-in and will be converted into a safe
Colors the designer chooses will be shown with 36 alternate variations.
When a variation is chosen it will be the central color other variations
are built from. The designer can quickly and effortlessly refine their
color choices. WebVise also allows the user to make adjustments to the
brightness values of the colors. All colors generated from this plug-in
are dither free and will not color shift when viewed by different platforms,
systems with 256 color displays, or earlier versions of browsers.
WebVise Totality is fully compatible with Windows 95/NT and Power Mac
(OS 7 & 8). The product ships as both a stand alone application and
as a plug-in which supports Adobe Photoshop 3.0 and 4.0, PageMaker 6.0
and 6.5, PhotoDeluxe 1.0 & 2.0, Paintshop Pro 4.0, Corel Draw 6 and
7, Photopaint 7, Macromedia Freehand 7.0, Picture Publisher 7.0, Illustrator
6.0 and 7.0, Fractal Painter 4.0.3 and 5.0, and Deneba Canvas 5.0.