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What service do you use to resize/optimize images and why? What features would you want to see in a new provider?

I've recently started working on an image resizing/optimization API. What features would you like to see in it?

TinyPNG + JPEGmini

New features? None. Its already a quite solved problem.

Thanks for replying! I think I could build something faster. I also like the fact that it's a very well defined problem with well defined solutions, it means I could build it and complete it and then just focus on selling it.

FWIW, if building it is the easy part, I recommend validating first you can sell it. (Applies to any easily developed product.)

I use imgix. Only thing I can think of right now is lower pricing, but I'm not sure this is the type of service you can compete with as a solo maker.

I could do lower pricing, I think with being serverless and using the kind of infrastructure I have in mind i.e. cloudfront and lambda@edge I could keep my costs low and provide better pricing. Do you use them for resizing or solely for optimizing the images on wip? Do you use them for faces? I saw that they have a crop feature that crops around faces which is really cool.

We're already discussing via DM on Telegram, but for anyone else reading:

Even though I find the pricing on the high side, I'm extremely hesitant switching to a new, unproven, solo-founder alternative for any of my crucial infrastructure.

I'm also skeptical by default of solo founders being able to provide a better or cheaper alternative for these type of services.

Not using it right now but I've played with Cloudinary before.

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