In an attempt to make the internet faster, Google has released its Sqoosh tool allowing developers to squash down and reformat pictures. To accomplish this task the Sqoosh tool taps into WebAssebly as a means of quickly squashing images through a collection of codecs. While the tool could prove to be quite useful for web developers, many others will find something useful with the new Google offering.
The Squoosh tool can be accessed through a lightweight website and once it is fully loaded it can work offline within the browser. The web-based tool currently supports a range of web formats, including JPG, MozJPEG, WebP and PNG. The tool will show a 1:1 visual comparison of the original and compressed image in an attempt to better illustrate the differences. The tool is also fully open-source so users can easily access and look at its code.