My name is Justin Morris. I’m a designer & frontend developer from Melbourne, Australia. I think the Internet is really great — I spend most of my time thinking about, and building things for it.
Let’s face it; serving big, bloated images is for chumps, that’s why the image_optim tool is really awesome. However, I wanted a way of getting Middleman to automate running it for me, and better integrate it into the whole
middleman --build workflow.
It is already pretty easy to get image_optim to process a bunch of files just by using some bash in a deploy script — you can just have the deploy script run it after it has finished building markup & assets via
image_optim -r $(find ./build -type f -iname '*.png' -o -iname '*.jpg' -o -iname '*.gif')
…but this doesn’t really work too well when you are using other tools like middleman-s3_sync, middleman-s3_redirect, or middleman-cloudfront, which are chained to run after a
middleman build — not much point uploading your images before they have been run through image_optim!
So I made (the imaginatively titled) middleman-imageoptim gem! It integrates into the Middleman build process so will just be run as a part of constructing, and then deploying the rest of your site.
Anyway, if big, dirty, sweaty images aren’t your thing and you use Middleman I would love to know what you think!
Go install image_optim, stick the following in your Gemfile;
gem 'middleman-imageoptim', '~> 0.0.4'
…activate the extension (there are lots of options you can play with too — check out the repo);
…and let me know what you think!