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Chapter 16. Storing Images: Managing Fil... > To Compress or Not to Compress

To Compress or Not to Compress

Over the years, we've found only a few universal truths. One of those is: “Fast, Cheap, or Good: you can have any two of the three.” Compression is certainly no exception to this rule. Compressing files can be a great way to save hard drive space (read: “save money”) and sometimes to cut down on printing times (read: “save more money”). But compressing and decompressing files also takes time (read: “lose the money that you just saved”).


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