foxyshadis wrote:Perhaps OptiPNG would be better than PNGout for such a thing, since it supports true color. Otherwise very similar.
1) PNGout does support truecolor. You can put in a truecolor PNG and get a compressed truecolor PNG. I know the site says it doesn't support it, but in actual practice, it does work. It also depends on what implementation you're using. If you use the irf plugin, it'll just skip using pngout if you try to save a truecolor PNG.
2a) OptiPNG compresses truecolor, logo-like PNGs (images with sharp edges and large sections of solid color) better than PNGout. However, PNGout compresses truecolor photographic-type images better than OptiPNG.
2b) OptiPNG is ONLY effective of truecolor PNGs. When used on indexed PNGs, it doesn't compress them any more than Xnview itself does.
3) In short, the only thing OptiPNG works better on is truecolor images that can easily (and probably should be) converted to indexed PNGs anyway (at which point PNGout will work better on them).
re Other programs: PNGoutwin provides batch processing, but really not much else that's useful. PNGgauntlet also provides a GUI and batch processing, but is free. The commandline PNGout program sometimes compresses better than either of these GUI versions (even though they're both just GUIs for PNGout).
Here are some test images I used.