AVIF: What Is It, How to Use It, and When Is It Available on imgix

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The newest update to the imgix rendering API puts AVIF, the new next-gen image file format, front and center. Through the use of the ‘auto=format’ parameter, imgix will automatically serve images in AVIF for all browsers that support it. For browsers that don’t yet support it, the imgix rendering API will fall back to the next-best available format. If you are a current customer, you can email us at support@imgix.com to enable this feature today.

With AVIF, users have seen file sizes drop by nearly 50% compared to JPEG and 30% compared to WebP, with no loss in quality. Thank you to Unsplash, one of our first customers to enable AVIF, for sharing the findings of a 30% decrease in file size.

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Announcing the imgix App on Contentful

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We are excited to announce our partnership with Contentful and to introduce the imgix App on Contentful. The new app allows content creators to browse, preview, and select images in the content development process. The integration also enables developers to optimize and transform selected images using our intuitive URL-based API.

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Using the New Nuxt Image Component with imgix

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Nuxt has recently released a new image optimization module, which allows developers to easily optimize their images within Nuxt without having to install additional third party libraries. imgix is happy to be one of the first image providers to work with the new Nuxt Image Component. This blog will show you some great examples of how you can set up and use these transformations with <nuxt-img>.

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Automatically Set Image sizes Attribute With imgix.js

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Using srcset and sizes, attributes have become a tried-and-true way to improving image-load-times on modern webpages. Together, they let the browser pick the most appropriate source-image on our site for the current display size. But they still require a significant amount of engineering time to get just right. srcset and sizes become difficult to maintain as developers cater to more screen sizes and resolutions, and one-page design change can require an update to all the images on a page. Thankfully, that’s where imgix comes in.

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Announcing New Pricing and Image Manager in General Availability

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We built imgix to make transforming, optimizing, and delivering your images easier, no matter where they already live, while making your costs predictable and transparent. Today, we are excited to announce some big updates to imgix that carry this mission forward.

First, we will now offer a free forever plan so that anyone can get up and running free of charge. Second, in addition to the free plan, we will offer simpler and more predictable plans to all new customers, so that scaling up as you grow is straightforward. Lastly, we are making our powerful new Image Manager available in each of these plans, including the free plan.

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Introducing Our Gatsby Plugin

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User feedback is incredibly important to us. We always aim to deliver the product enhancements that our customers ask for. Recently, many of our customers have requested support for the fast-growing framework Gatsby.

You asked, and we listened. We’re excited to announce an imgix plugin for Gatsby. This post dives into why we developed a Gatsby plugin and shares three top use cases for our plugin.

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