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Ben Hollis
Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Sep 11, 2012
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PNGGauntlet Review

Fernando Ortega
PNG image shrinker
A review of PNGGauntlet by Fernando Ortega

Improving page load speed is essential if you run a web site. Even if you're not a webmaster, PNG Gauntlet can also be used to compress and completely shrink the size of PNG images. It is a frontend for PNGOUT, a command line program by Ken Silverman. Using PNG Gauntlet couldn't be easier: You create an output directory (preferably not the same directory as the original files you want to compress), drag-and-drop some PNG files into the main window and click the optimize button.

Once you've finished optimizing the files you've chosen, the output directory should be filled with the newly shrunken files.

For one thing, it is pretty quick considering some of the large files we tested out with PNG Gauntlet. It goes through the list, compresses and optimizes the images and voila!

This program download also supports other types of image files like JPG and GIF, but it specializes in png images, so well that we use it on this web site.

Also note that there is no loss in image quality after the files have been compressed, they just load quicker depending on which options you used to compress the images.

PNG Gaunlet currently has 5 different levels of compression, but I suggest leaving it on the default [i]Xtreme[/i] setting which is a little bit slower than the others, but does the best job at shrinking png files. Furthermore, since this is a freeware application and if you use it often, please consider donating to the developer.

PNGGauntlet is software which can optimize graphics.

PNGGauntlet features and highlights:
  • Combines PNGOUT, OptiPNG, and DeflOpt to create the smallest PNGs
  • No image quality is lost - only file size
  • Converts JPG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP files to PNG
  • Ultra-configurable

PNG Gauntlet is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from image conversion software without restrictions. PNG Gauntlet 3.1.2 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

This Image Optimizer software is filed under:
  • PNGGauntlet Download
  • Freeware Image Conversion Software
  • Software Reviews
  • Major release: PNGGauntlet 3.1

Compatibility with this Image Optimizer software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of PNGGauntlet may be available from Ben Hollis.

PNGGauntlet has been picked by our editors as excellent.
PNGGauntlet has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested PNGGauntlet 3.1.2 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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