Editors' reviewThis program not only makes compressing digital photos a simple affair, it also offers a few other tools for working with images. Stardust Image Encoder 2004's interface is easy to understand, with a control panel to the right of the large preview window. If you need to compress files in batches, you can simply use the included wizard. This program only lets you save images in JPEG, GIF, or PNG formats, but gives you a great deal of control over the exact amount of compression with a slider that lets you set the percentage. Even when we set the utility to its highest quality compression, it still made our shots significantly smaller, although applying midlevel compression did affect quality slightly. Stardust Image Encoder 2004 also can resize pictures, add image-based watermarks, and perform a few basic editing functions, such as rotation. If you have a PC full of pictures and need to slim them down, you should definitely give this utility a shot.
Stardust Image Encoder 2004 is a suite of three powerful and time-saving tools, each designed to allow you to easily convert images into smaller high-quality formats. It offers real-time preview, state-of-the-art compression, easy cropping and resizing, watermark capability, and batch and command-line processing. Image Encoder 2004 reads many image file formats, and writes to most popular compressed formats, including JPEG 2000 and GIF.