Press Releases & Reviews

Businesses Welcome Pioneering Office compression software update
A  PowerPoint, Excel and Word compression and tool has been updated to be the first offering compression of Open Office files

Frankfurt, Germany – February 15th 2009: International software company TopByteLabs are announcing the release of their updated office compression software, PowerShrink. The new version of the program, PowerShrink 4.0, allows users to compress office files; reducing image bloated documents and also allowing for improved system performance. It is also the first and only office compression tool to offer compression of Open Office file types (.odt, .ods, .odp, .odg  and .odf) as well as the regular Microsoft office formats.

PowerShrink was developed with the aim to allow users to perform Word and PowerPoint compression and MS Excel optimization quickly and easily with just one desktop tool. The new version 4.0 allows customers to shrink their Office documents and files in two steps, improving file performance by 23%. This means that users are able to send more files in one email and their clients can open up email attachments faster.

“During the 5 years that I have been director of TopByteLabs I have realized that the quality and effectiveness of tools used in daily business is a major issue" says Sander Pieterse, CEO of TopByteLabs Ltd. "software companies must adapt quickly to changes in the market to stay on top".

TopByteLabs was established in 2004 as a company specialising in Microsoft Windows compression software. Now an international company, TopByteLabs has offices in both Germany and the UK. They are a business who are constantly updating and improving their Office compression software at the same time as developing new ones, such as their recently released screen capture software, MagiCapture and a new updated version of PicShrink Image Compression tool.

International software developers at TopByteLabs have released an updated version of their Office compression tool, PowerShrink. This ground breaking software is the first of its kind to allow users to compress Open Office and Microsoft office file types by an average of 62% of their original size.

webwire.com
Frankfurt, Germany – February 16th, 2009

Image Compression for Dummies; Updated Software Now Accessible For Non-Experienced Users

International software company updates their image compressor to version 2.0, making it easier to use by IT novices

Frankfurt, Germany – February 16th 2009: A simple image compression software is being made available to users this week, as a European compression software company launches the update of their image compressor - PicShrink. The program is now in version 2.0, which includes new features such as enhanced GUI and a new print resolution feature. These features make it easy to use by people with all levels of image compression knowledge.

Redesigned for version 2.0, the developers of PicShrink aimed to provide software for users looking to compress and resize digital images fast and effectively. As a result, those with home digital cameras are able to compress their bulky picture files into much more comfortable, compressed versions. The tool has also proved to be very popular among web designers and photographers, who have many images stored on their computers and photographers and want to protect their work with watermarking. PicShrink radically reduces work time by allowing users to batch resize, edit and convert a group of images with just a few clicks.

"PicShrink provides our users with advanced image editing solutions," says Sander Pieterse, CEO of TopByteLabs. "It doesn't matter how much they know about all that digital image stuff. Now they can compress, edit and convert photos like a pro."

International computer software company TopByteLabs Ltd. is celebrating the release of their updated image compressor tool PicShrink this week. The new version 2.0 includes an enhanced image viewer and general improved efficiency due to better quality, to name just a couple of new features. As a result, the software is one of a kind, making it possible for users with very little experience and knowledge of image compression to enjoy the benefits of image compression.

webwire.com
Frankfurt, Germany – January 31st 2009

International grand opening for capture software brings novel file sharing prospects

Internet users celebrate after a 3-Step screen capture freeware tool is released

German company TopByteLabs are celebrating the launch of their website and  capture freeware program MagiCapture, which allows users to take screen shots of their computer screen, upload it to the MagiCapture server and share screen capture images with friends, colleagues and family.

The unique capture software allows users who sign up and download the tool to share their screen shots in just three simple steps; firstly they simply take the screen capture, then upload it to the MagiCapture server and they can instantly share the link where the image is being hosted. Each of these steps uses the computer clipboard, saving as .jpg images and uploading to FTP (file transfer protocol) for free during the 14 day trial version. Once this period is over uploads can only be made to the MagiCapture server but free use continues. TopByteLabs' vision behind this venture is to give users the ability to share in an affordable, reliable and fast way, no matter where they are in the world.

“I could not be more excited about this launch, because I know what it will mean for users across the World Wide Web,” says Sander Pieterse, CEO of TopByteLabs Ltd.“I have done the research that our product replaces and know what a time saver MagiCapture is for anyone that wants to show what is happening on his screen to somebody else. I see MagiCapture as nothing less than a product that will make online communication even more flexible and faster.”

The TopByteLabs company launched in 2004, creating and marketing Windows compression software for both business and home users. The company now have offices in both Germany and the UK and are pleased to be working in the field of capture freeware tools in addition to their other works. The website is currently still in beta, but TopByteLabs are aiming for MagiCapture to become a global online screen capture community, much like Flickr is for photography.

International software company TopByteLabs have recently launched their website and capture freeware tool, which allow users to take and share computer screen shots. The website is due to come out of beta and celebrate its final release in a matter of months and until then users are still able to use the free screen capture sharing software.

PrWeb
July 2nd, 2007

TopByteLabs Unveils a New Version of Their Award-Winning PowerPoint Shrinking Software - PowerShrink 2007

PowerShrink 2007 compresses Microsoft Office documents up to 98%, while keeping full functionality and file format of the documents. PowerShrink 2007 allows e-mail transfers of large Microsoft Office documents after considerably 'shrinking,' them.
Germany, Frankfurt (PRWEB) July 2, 2007 -- TopByteLabs, one of the leading providers of content-compression software for Microsoft Office documents, released an updated version of PowerShrink - PowerShrink 2007.
The new version of PowerShrink 2007 has the same features as its predecessor including these new features:

  • PowerShrink 2007 is the only tool to support picture and embedded objects compression in the new Word 2007 docx and Excel 2007 xlsx format.
  • PowerShrink 2007 is already compatible with PowerPoint versions 97, 2000, XP and 2003. In the new version we've included support for the newest version 2007.
  • PowerShrink 2007 can be installed on Windows Vista
  • PowerShrink 2007 supports image extraction from all compatible formats.

"In today's marketplace, sending the information instantly to your customers is the key to deliver a winning concept and PowerShrink 2007 is a fundamental component of enabling this convergence," says Sander Pieterse, CEO of TopByteLabs.
Part of TopByteLabs' vision is to give users the ability to send Microsoft Office documents in an affordable and reliable way, no matter how large their original documents are.
With PowerShrink 2007 they can do that.

 

PrWeb
November 27, 2006

TopByteLabs has developed a new digital image sizing tool, PicShrink.
Frankfurt am Main, Germany (PRWEB) November 27, 2006 -- TopByteLabs announces its new digital image sizing tool, PicShrink, available at www.PicShrink.com. The tool is a picture compressor that can be used both by experts and amateurs. Users can optimize their digital images easily by reducing the size of image files by as much as 95%. They can also compress hundreds of images at once. The tool is fast, effective and easy to use."Every step into the digital world needs knowledge," says Michael Weber of TopByteLabs. "Many experienced web masters use Adobe Photoshop (registered) to optimize pictures for the worldwide web or for print jobs. But with the picture compressor PicShrink, it will bring both experienced graphic designers and novices to an entirely new level."There are many graphics programs that can size and enhance image quality, but they are complex and difficult to use, with multiple applications and hundreds of options and buttons. What makes PicShrink unique is that users of all levels can understand the tool and use it. PicShrink offers a perfect solution by focusing on one goal, to make digital pictures suitable to users' needs. No makeup, no gimmicks, just pure image compressing and resizing."It used to be if you wanted to send 10 pictures to a friend through your email, you had to send them one at a time because they were so big," says Michael Weber. "With PicShrink, all you need to do is compress and resize them and you can send all 10 pictures in one email without any loss in picture quality."PicShrink's preview mode shows a user the outcome of chosen settings. It shows the original picture and the smallest picture file size side by side. Then PicShrink radically reduces the size of the image files. The tool is fast, effective and incredibly easy to use. There's no longer a need to manually tweak images. PicShrink 1.2 is available for download at a one-time cost of $29.95. For more information, please visit www.PicShrink.com. About TopByteLabs Ltd.TopByteLabs Ltd. is a fully independent company located in Frankfurt am Main, registered in Birmingham, UK. Part of TopByteLabs' vision is to give users the ability to work faster and be more productive. TopByteLabs aims to produce software that is easy to understand and pays for itself over and over again. Because, as the founders say, "Time is money and that can add up to a whole lot of dollars."

 

download.com
A review by CNET

This handy application reduces the size of your PowerPoint files by optimizing the embedded objects and images contained within them, but its 20-use trial is a downer. PowerShrink's straightforward interface has a few icon buttons and input boxes that allow you to select a presentation file to reduce and its output file location. It also comes with a wizard that allows basic computer users to compress presentation files with ease. You can choose from three compression levels, and tweak some settings to optimize the compression and adjust the image resolution. We liked the convenient option to compress PPT files via the Windows Explorer context menu. Another time-saver is that you can easily send the compressed PowerPoint files using your default e-mail program. In the ultimate test, Microsoft PowerPoint was able to open our test files without flaw. However, the stingy 20-use trial may disappoint PowerPoint power users. Demo restrictions aside, PowerShrink is a nice, easy-to-use option for shrinking oversize presentation files.

 

www.pr.com
09/26/2006

X-Shrink 1.5
Excel Compression Software Unveiled by TopByteLabs Ltd.
X-Shrink 1.5 compresses Excel documents up to 95%, while keeping full functionality and file format of the Excel spreadsheets. X-Shrink allows e-mail transfers of big spreadsheets after 'shrinking,' accelerates data transfers and saves data storage and costs.
Frankfurt am Main, Germany, September 26, 2006 --(PR.COM)-- TopByteLabs Ltd., one of the leading providers of contents-compression software for Microsoft Office Suite, released a brand new compression tool for Microsoft Excel files.
The idea to release this software came from the manifold requests current customers had. There is a huge demand for keeping file size small even despite lower hardware costs. The aim is to help companies to keep their storage demands down to a minimum.
To run X-Shrink Microsoft Excel needs to be installed. The compression process utilizes an automatically generated copy that does not place the original file at risk. The average rate of compression is 50/ percent, with a maximum of 95 percent. An advanced compression macro is added to the original file, while keeping the original file extension. Research has shown that the average user does not want to deal with additional software once he/she receives a new file to work with. X-Shrink has the ability to compress images embedded in Excel files. Embedded images can also be extracted from the Excel document.
?In today?s marketplace, sending information instantly to people and places that matter most, is the key to delivering a winning experience and X-Shrink 1.5 is a fundamental component of enabling this convergence,? says Sander Pieterse, CEO of TopByteLabs Ltd.
It is part of TopByteLabs' vision to enable companies to cut down on storage costs and enhance worker productivity. Our aim is to produce software that has an extremely short ROI time as it should simply pay for itself after a fraction of time.

 

www.maniactive.com
Monday, August 29, 2005
Saving PowerPoint...

In the past, I?ve blogged about "PowerPoint Out of Context" ? where someone sends me a PowerPoint presentation instead of talking to me. For example, if I ask, "What does your company do?" you should be able to tell me in 30 seconds or less. It's called an elevator pitch, and it's a critical part of the sales and marketing conversation.
In fact, over at eWeek, columnist Jim Rapoza writes that he doesn't much like the notion of saving PowerPoint presentations (You can read why in his article "How to Save a Meeting") Mr. Rapoza?s main beef is that saving PowerPoint saves the talking points, but not the actual talk.
Point taken. So why is that people want to download PowerPoint files so badly? I have solid proof that they do: people actively download my past presentations every single day. They seek them out. They download in mass quantities. Provided with alternative to downloads (pdf files with show notes, for example) -- they still prefer the original PowerPoint presentation.
And each person who downloads is looking for something different. Some look for content, some for design, some for programming -- and some look to put PowerPoint presentations into their own context, for their own audiences. So, I'm not ready to give up saving PowerPoint presentations: if people want them, I'll keep saving them!
My responsibility is to save them wisely: to reduce PowerPoint bloat, to keep the files slim and trim as possible. And to provide a context for the content.
That's it. I rant about it a little in this 9.5 minute podcast. I also refer to the release of version 2.0 of PowerShrink (you can download a free trial at www.powershrink.com) .
ps-The PowerShrink people didn't pay me to review their product -- I just tell it like it is. It's a fast and easy way to reduce PowerPoint file size bloat without mucking up your original file.

 

www.smallbiztechnology.com
Friday, September 30, 2005

Honey I Shrunk the PowerPoint
Microsoft Power Point goes with business meetings like milk goes with cereal. However, unfortunately those PPT files you love to make can get mighty large if you have audio, graphics, documents and etc embedded in the file. How in the world can you easily share a PPT presentation with others if it's 50MB in size?The solution is with Power Shrink.This tool takes your Power Point presentation and all the files that go with it and shrinks it way down.

 

www.indezine.com
reviewed by Geetesh Bajaj

December 19th 2004

A Typical Scenario
Let us look at the profile of a typical PowerPoint user. He or she creates presentations from templates contained within PowerPoint or downloads some from the many sites online. They insert pictures and create charts. Most of them also copy and paste content from other applications into PowerPoint slides. Some of them add music scores and sound effects - or even video clips and Flash movies. The typical PowerPoint user also does not change any of the default options in PowerPoint like turning off fast saves.
What is the result? Often, it is a fifteen slide presentation that has ballooned to the ungainly size of 15 mb or more. And then you are expected to email that presentation to someone who has a dial-up internet access - can things get worse?
That's when a product like PowerShrink can help.

 

www.prweb.com
February 13, 2005

TopByteLabs releases PowerShrink Version 2.1 and offers a special enterprise license for a fixed price of $5,590.00 USD, which covers all personal computers of the company. PowerShrink 2.1 optimizes PowerPoint presentations while compressing them up to 95 percent. The compressed presentations stay fully functional, without changing the contents and file format of the PowerPoint file.
Frankfurt, Germany (PRWEB) February 13, 2006 -- A lot of companies hassle with large PowerPoint presentations that tend to have more and more pictures in them, making them very difficult to send via e-mail due to company e-mail server policies on attachment sizes, as well as making them more difficult to store on already full data servers. Companies can now use TopByteLabs' newly released PowerShrink Version 2.1, which optimizes PowerPoint presentations while compressing them up to 95 percent. The compressed presentations stay fully functional, without changing the contents and file format of the PowerPoint file.
New features of PowerShrink 2.1 include an improved, more stable and reliable compression, with improved picture quality for .gif and .png files. Various options allow users to find the perfect balance between shrinking and quality. A context menu and PowerPoint integration provide maximum comfort for users. PowerShrink is available as an install-version and as a single-.exe-file, which makes network installation much easier.
Seeking cost-effective ways to send large Microsoft PowerPoint presentations via e-mail, companies are transitioning from sending presentations on CD/DVD media parcel post to shrinking them with PowerShrink.
"There is a shift from buying a few PowerShrink licenses just for 'companies' PowerPoint-Cracks' to installing PowerShrink on every PC within a company to give all users and employees the opportunity to optimize and compress their presentations," says Michael Weber, CEO of TopByteLabs. "That is why we developed our enterprise license package for a low fixed price.
PowerShrink is available at www.powershrink.com. A fully functional free trial version is available for download.

 

www.presentationhelper.co.uk
www.c10n.info/archives/137

30.08.2005

New Release of PowerPoint Shrinking Software Unveiled by TopByteLabs PowerShrink 2.0 Compresses PowerPoint Presentations Up to 95%, While Keeping Full Functionality and File Format of the PowerPoint Presentation PowerShrink Allows E-mail Transfers of Big PowerPoint Presentations After 'Shrinking,' Accelerates Data Transfers and Saves Data Storage and Costs TopByteLabs, one of the leading providers of content-compression software for Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, released an updated version of PowerShrink. With compression rates of up to 95 percent PowerShrink 2.0 not only allows users to send critical business presentations, despite their large size, it also gives them the opportunity to save a lot of Megabytes and, in some cases, even Gigabytes of storage on their Servers. PowerShrink 2.0 runs without PowerPoint installed. The compression works by utilizing an automatically generated copy that does not place the original file at risk. The average rate of compression is 62 percent, peaking at 95 percent. Three compression levels "normal, extra and high quality" also meet the needs of the user to find an optimal balance between quality and compression. The presentation still has the same quality as the original file. "In today's marketplace, sending the information instantly to people and places that matter most is key to delivering a winning experience and PowerShrink 2.0 is a fundamental component of enabling this convergence," says Michael Weber, CEO of TopByteLabs. New features of PowerShrink 2.0 are a customizable toolbar, a Windows Shell Extension and a more stable and reliable compression, including improved picture quality. PowerShrink 2.0 is compatible with nearly all Microsoft OS Versions, XP, 2000 and NT. Above all, it is compatible with almost all PowerPoint files, versions 97, 2000, XP and 2003. It is part of TopByteLabs' vision to give users the ability to send Microsoft PowerPoint presentations via e-mail, no matter how large their original presentations are, so they can focus more time on pursuing other business objectives.

 

PowerShrink meets customer`s needs! 10.000 sales within 3 months!
Since the release of PowerShrink 2.0 in August 2005 TopByteLabs sells 10.000 licences of this useful and popular tool. PowerShrink optimizes PowerPoint presentations while compressing them up to 95%. The shrinked presentations stay fully functional.
Germany, Frankfurt, October 25th, 2005. By releasing PowerShrink 2.0 TopByteLabs expands its leading position in providing tools and software for making business life more comfortable and easier.
With compression rates of up to 95% PowerShrink 2.0 does not only allow users to send critical business presentations, despite their large size, it also gives them the opportunity to save a lot of Megabytes and in some cases even Gigabytes on their Servers. With a multiple-file shrinking option and an improved compression algorithm PowerShrink sets standards in shrinking PowerPoint files.
?We knew our new features would improve usability of PowerShrink, but we did not expect this raise in sales. It shows we are on the right way. Our next update is already in development.? says Michael Weber, CEO of TopByteLabs.
With their funny PowerBetty Logo TopByteLabs provides shrinking services in all different kinds of branches and companies. Focus is set on Consulting Company, telecommunication, pharmacy and technology.
TopByteLabs now invites all official universities to use PowerShrink 2.0 for free?

 

Press release on world wide web
24.08.05

PowerShrink 2.0 compresses PowerPoint presentations while keeping full functionality and file format of the PowerPoint presentation. While saving data storage and costs PowerShrink 2.0 accelerates data transfers.PowerShrink 2.0 optimizes PowerPoint presentations while compressing them up to 95%. Thereby PowerShrink 2.0 saves data storage and allows email file transfers of big PowerPoint presentations after ?shrinking?. The shrinked presentations stay fully functional.
Germany, Frankfurt, August 24th, 2005. TopByteLabs, one of the leading providers of content-compression software for Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, unveiled an updated version of PowerShrink 2.0. With compression rates of up to 95% PowerShrink 2.0 does not only allow users to send critical business presentations, despite their large size, it also gives them the opportunity to save a lot of Megabytes and in some cases even Gigabytes on their Servers.
PowerShrink 2.0 runs without PowerPoint installed. The compression works with an automatically generated copy and the original file is not at risk. The average rate of compression is 62%, peaks up to 95%. Three compression levels ?normal, extra & high quality? meet the needs of the user to find an optimal balance between quality and compression. The presentation still works in a quality known by the original file.
?In today?s marketplace, sending the information instantly to people and places that matter most is key to delivering a winning experience and PowerShrink 2.0 is a fundamental component of enabling that convergence,? said Michael Weber, CEO of TopByteLabs.
New features of PowerShrink 2.0 are a customizable toolbar, a Windows Shell Extension and a more stable and reliable compression, including improved picture quality. PowerShrink 2.0 is compatible with almost all Microsoft OS Versions, XP, 2000 and NT. Above all it is compatible with almost all PowerPoint files, versions 97, 2000, XP and 2003.
It is a part of TopByteLabs vision to give users the ability to send their Microsoft PowerPoint presentation no matter how big the original presentation is so that PowerShrink users can focus on their business objectives.
Powershrink 2.0 ? compress to a minimum ? save the maximum!