PDF compression for net

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Smileyguy, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. Smileyguy macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2004

    I'm just wondering, is there any way to compress PDF files to make it easier to download them? I don't need them to be print quality when downloaded, just readable.
  2. dops7107 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2005
    Perth, Oztrailya
    Are you asking about PDFs that have already been created? Downsizing them is tricky. Much easier to do that from the original document, but even then you need a third-party tool to change compression options, image reolution etc. Acrobat is very good but obviously not free; there are other options out there but I've never used them.
  3. dogsbody macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2004
    Channel Islands
    Compress PDF Option

    Hi. In Tiger when you print something there is a drop-down option of Compress PDF. This basically compresses the images etc and scales the file size down.

    I PDF printed a large PSD file the other day and it came out at 6.9Mb - compress PDF came out at only 400k (that was A4 size, varying full colour etc).

    I'm assuming that if you open a PDF in Preview you can re-print it using Compress PDF to shrink it down....

  4. Smileyguy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2004
    Bump! Thanks for all the help folks...

    Does anyone know any other software that can do this apart from PDFShrink? My trial version has run out, I've no credit available to buy it and I kind of need to get some PDFs compressed by the morning. I'm using Panther, so I unfortunatley don't think the system described above for Tiger will work.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks in advance,


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