Pages file to PDF too big?!

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  1. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    I have a two page pages document that, when I print to save as PDF, saves as 2.2mb file. The Pages file is 8.7mb! This is my first foray into Pages. Is there anything I can do to make the PDF smaller? ...or the Pages file smaller?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    How are you PDFing?

    If its in Acrobat and Distiller fiddle with some of the quality settings in there. If its through OSX default print to PDF option im not too sure how, or even if you can change any options.

    For some reason PDFs generated directly in OSX (not through Acrobat) are generally much larger in Filesize. It can be in the tens of MBs sometimes. :confused:
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    OK. Which is 2.2 MB and which is 8.7 MB?
  4. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    .pdf is 2.2Mb
    .(pages' ext) is 8.7Mb
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Pages files can become huge, especially if you use the image adjustment tools because Pages stores both the originals and the altered versions of the images with the file package. If you're interested in reducing the size of printed PDF files, it's not too difficult to create a ColorSync filter that does the job.
  6. nokarakeeb macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2009
    Found a Solution!

    OK I had to create a user name and post this here. I am using Mac OS X 10.5.2 . I created a PDF file and it was 7.5 MB. You can decrease the file size by opening the PDF in preview then File > Save as > Quartz Filter > Reduce Size. The end file was about 360 KB !! That's a 95% reduction in file size :D. Thank god I switched from windoze.

    Hope that helps.
  7. LizT macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2009
    pdf size solution

    After years of trying, this is the first really great solution. A million thanks to nokarakeeb!

  8. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Thank you for that, quick update, in Lion it is "Export" instead of Save As. My 102MB PDF dropped to about 1MB, so I'll see your 95% and raise it to 99%!

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