Facebook makes software for shrink file size photo uploads open source

Jan

18

2019

Facebook has made the software that it uses in its apps to reduce the file size of photos for uploading open source. Other developers may also use Spectrum if they want to.

The software has the name Spectrum and is on GitHub . The software makes files for uploading smaller to make the upload more reliable and to reduce the data usage of the app, reports Facebook . The software is now more needed than before, because the file size of photos from smartphones is increasing, with the arrival of cameras with high resolutions .

Facebook has developed the software in C ++, with a small layer of Java for Android apps and Objective-C for iOS. Therefore, it must be easy to push adjustments in the code to both operating systems without too much trouble. Images would be 15 percent smaller with the encoding of Spectrum, claims the company. It is not the first time that Facebook puts a project’s code on GitHub. It has made dozens of open source projects available in recent years.

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