Taking Images To New Heights
🏃♀️ Balancing Speed & Quality
Images are one of the most important aspects of Collato. We want to provide you with the best tools to communicate visually, and besides our video features, images play a key role here. Since the beginning, images were used quite heavily to create content on Collato — which can lead easily to some performance issues when loading many images of large size at once. So we started to search for a solution.
One thing was very clear to us: We could never compromise on image quality. As many of you use Collato to present your creative work, we wanted to preserve all details. At the same time, we wanted to provide the fastest experience possible. After you upload images now, we preserve the original, but create resized versions of your image. When a user opens a page, we determine the rendered size of all images, and pick the next largest (so it is never pixelated) image to be shown. We save you a lot of transfer bandwidth, resulting in much better speed and responsiveness.
Furthermore, we handle large pages with many sections better now: Only the first sections are open by default while the rest are visible but collapsed. This makes it also easier to quickly glance over a full page without too much scrolling. The content is only loaded and rendered on demand, when a section is opened — making it again faster and more responsive to use.
🗺️ Extending File Formats
In addition to that, our new image engine allows you to use a wider range of image files, even those who are not natively supported by browsers. If you want to use high information formats like TIFF files, you can easily upload them. We preserve the uploaded file in the original file format but also create browser-compatible resized versions that can be efficiently displayed to your collaborators. When you download the image later again, you will receive the untouched, full size original file in the uploaded file format.