the inefficiency filter

It’s like there’s some sort of inefficiency filter built into microsoft products! Here I am frittering away my afternoon with html display differences between Outlook 2004 and Outlook 2007. I can’t reproduce the problems so I ask my client to send a screengrab… it arrives: 9.7Mb! a screengrab!!

Just out of curiosity, I took a screengrab of the screengrab, to see what file size the mac produced… 700kb. That’s a bit more sensible! Both are lossless formats (tif vs. png), so what’s the story? Is this the default format for windoze screengrabs? Do they write rows of invisible data into the file format just to get it up to that ridiculous size… some sort of inflation algorithm!?