Kode80 has released Image Crushr (http://kode80.com/osx-apps/image-crushr/), a free Mac OS X application for developers and designers of mobile software. It improves image quality, optimizes memory usage and enables previewing of images outside of the device, says creator Ben Hopkins.

“While working on HoloToy for the iPhone and iPad I realized that the common problem of color reproduction on low bit depth devices still didn’t have a readily available solution so I built Image Crushr,” he says. “It has been a great tool in my workflow and I hope it will be as useful for other developers and designers”.

Image Crushr enables anyone working with mobile devices such as smart phones or portable gaming systems to compare and optimize their art assets. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 (“Snow Leopard”).