Swiss-based file compressor balesio has added PDF file compression to its space reduction capabilities for Microsoft Office and image files.

balesio's FILEminimizer Server software, uses a native format optimisation process, effectively recoding how data is stored in PDF target files without altering its format.

This means the files can be read by the originating application without having to be converted by a reader application first.


Based on the company's Native Format Optimization (NFO), this new capability of FILEminimizer Server features primary storage compression rates of up to 75% for productivity files, and more than 85% for image data, to allow organizations to store four to five times more unstructured data.


balesio, a provider of optimisation products for unstructured data, has announced that its FILEminimizer Server now supports PDF files in addition to Microsoft Office and image files. balesio also announced that its flagship product has been tested and is ready for virtualised environments.


Version 7 of the native file optimisation software FILEminimizer Suite allows IT administrators to maximise email storage capacity and network bandwidth by automatic compression of unstructured data in attachments on the fly. FILEminimizer Suite reduces the size of files such as images or PDFs by up to a fourth of their original size with visual quality and functionality unaltered.

Storage Magazine

balesio has been recognized as a finalist in the Storage Awards 2011 "One to Watch" company category by Storage Magazine.

  • Storage Magazine
  • 04/2011

Swiss Windows data reduction startup balesio has introduced the FILEminimizer FMA-4800 Series Appliance to suck the fat out of unstructured Windows files.

These include Office, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint files and other unstructured – meaning not-database – files in the Windows PC and server world. The software, which balesio announced last week, contains content-aware algorithms which remove redundant data from such files and remove unnecessary colours and resolution from images in a way it calls "visually lossless". The result is claimed to be files that are readable by the original Windows application, indistinguishable to the human eye from the originals, and up to 90 per cent smaller in size – your mileage might vary of course.


balesio's Native File Optimization (NFO) software technology analyses unstructured data files and restores their contents in a visually lossless manner with a smaller file size. The optimized and reduced files can still be read by their originating applications, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, SharePoint and Excel.

This approach is very much like that of the Dell-acquired Ocarina, which optimised and reduced the size of various image formats in a visually lossless manner but requiring an Ocarina reader to read the optimised files.


balesio's FILEminimizer Server is a finalist in the "Storage Management Tools" category in Storage Magazine's and SearchStorage.com's 2010 Products of the Year competition.


Top SMB data storage technology trends for 2011: Low-cost data reduction technologies from vendors such as balesio will become popular [...] These products are designed for primary storage data reduction. They are able to significantly reduce already compressed files that deduplication and compression cannot reduce.

  • SearchSMBStorage.com
  • 12/2010
SharePointPro Connections

What's new, what's changed, in SharePoint solutions for IT pros and developers: Optimizing SharePoint Storage.

The Swiss technology company balesio announced FILEminimizer SharePoint, a plug-in for SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2007 that optimizes Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and image files directly before saving and storing the files into SharePoint, reducing the file storage volume on SharePoint.

Windows IT Pro

Reduce Bloat on SharePoint and Outlook up to 70 Percent: If you work in an administrative role with SharePoint or Exchange Server, you know how quickly these systems can become burdened by excess file storage. This leads organizations to enact retention and archiving policies, sometimes to a fairly restrictive extent that can hinder worker efficiency. (With Outlook search, you can find just about anything. That is, until those emails get eaten up by the retention policy.) But what if there was an easier way to reduce the bloat?

There is a product from balesio that could help. Essentially, it's a product that takes Microsoft Office files (especially Word and PowerPoint) and makes them measurably smaller. The product does not compress the files—it just looks for inefficiencies (unnecessarily large image files, for instance) and automatically corrects them.

Storage Switzerland, LLC

Considering the fact that we speak to storage managers everyday that are dealing with TBs of Office productivity data, this product can save significant storage space. It's also important to consider that Microsoft Office files are the most often emailed data type. That means this up to 90% reduction with FILEminimizer Server will help email stores and the bandwidth needed when emailing files.

On Computers

FILEminimizer Pictures compresses all kinds of images up to 99%. This is terrific for emailing, since large photos mean slow downloads and large storage requirements. You can do single images or a whole photo album at once. When we tried it, most of our photos were 94% compressed, though some did reach the 99% level. The recipient does not have to unzip the file to view it.

  • Bob Schwabach、On Computers
  • 01/2011

Image files can really inflate the size of an email, web page, or a document; FILEminimizer Suite makes it easy to reduce the size of these images. While one can use a traditional image editor to tweak the image and reduce its size, many users lack the technical savvy or time to do this efficiently.


How effective is this tool? Very effective, particularly with graphics files. In my tests using its standard compression, it reduced graphics files by approximately 90 percent on average. FILEminimizer Suite shrank dozens of photos with little to no perceivable quality loss.


The ability to show a process via screen capture is arguably the best way to train your staff. ALLCapture handles the recording of on screen actions with aplomb and is relatively simple to use.

How-To Geek

FILEminimizer Officeは、ファイルサイズを最大98%も削減しながら高品質を保つことのできる、驚くべき性能のアプリケーションです。ファイルの最適化をバッチ処理できる点も強みです。

  • How-To Geek
  • 10/2009
How-To Geek

FILEminimizer Picturesは、とても簡単に使えて、しかもすばらしい結果を得られるアプリケーションです。最大82%にまで圧縮された画像が、元の画像と同じ品質で表示されます。ネットで公開したり、電子メールで送信したりする目的で、元の品質を損なわずに画像のサイズを圧縮するためにぴったりのアプリケーションです。

  • How-To Geek
  • 09/2009

検索エンジンを使って圧縮対象のフォルダやファイルを見つけ出すという絶妙な仕組みに驚かされました。[中略]FILEminimizer Officeを推薦します。データを損なうことなく、効果的にファイル圧縮を実現します。


FILEminimizer Picturesを使うと驚くほど画像ファイルが圧縮されます。しかも画像の閲覧時に解凍などの面倒な作業は必要ありません。空き容量の確保に大きな効果をもたらしてくれるアプリです。

Computer Power User

FILEminimizer Officeを使用すると、2MBのDOCXファイルがたったの684KBになり、それでいて品質の低下はありませんでした

  • Warren Ernst、Computer Power User
  • 09/2009
Windows IT Pro

Officeファイルの圧縮に大きな威力を発揮します。これまで見てきた中で、Microsoft Officeファイルの圧縮では最高の効果がFILEminimizer Officeで得られました。


FILEminimizer Officeを使えば、巨大なMicrosoft Officeプレゼンテーションも、受信者のネットワークに負担をかけないで送ることができます。


FILEminimizer Officeは、ただの圧縮ソフトウェアではありません。はるかに強力です。このソフトウェアを使えば、時間も、サーバの空き領域も、それにお金も節約できます。どんなビジネスにも、規模や業種、用途に関係なく使える絶好のツールです。

  • Andrew Weiner、ナショナルテクノロジーライター、Examiner.com
  • 06/2009
  • www.examiner.com

FILEminimizer Office(以前のPPTminimizer)を使うと、Powerpoint、Word、それにExcelファイルを圧縮して、なおかつ元のファイル形式と拡張子を維持できるという、いいとこ取りが実現できます。使い方は信じられないぐらいに簡単で、ファイルの処理も高速です。


FILEminimizer Officeの見事なインタフェースはWinZIPのものよりも使いやすく斬新で、3.17MBのWordファイルが0.77MBにまで圧縮されました。一方、同じファイルをWinZIPで圧縮すると、2.7MBにしかなりませんでした。

  • PC Magazine
  • 05/2009
Inside Microsoft PowerPoint

balesioのFILEminimizer Officeは、2007を含むすべてのバージョンのMicrosoft Officeファイルの圧縮に対応する、絶好のアプリケーションです。

  • Inside Microsoft PowerPoint Magazine
  • 08/2007
On Computers

私たちはFILEminimizer Officeという名前のWindowsユーティリティを使い、グアテマラに送信する、21メガバイトあったPowerPointプレゼンテーションを1メガバイトに圧縮しました。これは、96パーセントの縮小です。圧縮されたプレゼンテーションは元とまったく同じ見かけで、普通の電子メールファイルとしてインターネットで送信できます。動画と音声の入ったプレゼンテーションの圧縮を試してみると、圧縮率は84%にもなりました。