Thomas Fuchs
Hi, I'm Thomas Fuchs. I'm the author of Zepto.js, of script.aculo.us, and I'm a Ruby on Rails core alumnus. With Amy Hoy I'm building cheerful software, like Freckle Time Tracking and Every Time Zone and write books like Retinafy.me.
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Optimizing images for hardware-acceleration on the iPhone and iPad

August 12th, 2010

I found that big progressive JPEG images can cause performance problems when used with hardware accelerated CSS transforms, so here’s what I do to makes things work better (with ImageMagick):

convert somefile -interlace none somefile_for_ipad.jpg

The -interlace none option saves the image as a non-progressive JPEG, and Safari doesn’t attempt to render progressive intermediate steps when downloading the file (and thus saving it from creating textures for each intermediate step).

A useful command to find out if a JPEG file is progressive or not is:

identify -verbose filename.jpg

This will spit out tons of information about the file (more than you ever wanted to know), but somewhere in there it should say Interlace: None.

Note that if you’re NOT using hardware-acceleration, it’s probably best to have progressive JPEGs (show up faster and compress slightly better in most cases). Use -interlace JPEG to create those.

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