11.2 Optimize PNG plots
If you have installed the program OptiPNG (http://optipng.sourceforge.net), you may use the hook
knitr::hook_optipng() to optimize PNG plot files to a smaller size without losing the image quality.
After you set up this hook, you can use the chunk option
optipng to pass command-line arguments to OptiPNG, e.g.,
optipng = '-o7'. These command-line arguments are optional, which means you can just use
optipng = '' to enable the hook for a code chunk. Please see the user manual on the website of OptiPNG to know the possible arguments.
Note that macOS users can easily install OptiPNG with Homebrew (https://brew.sh):
brew install optipng.