Back to the point of this article -- I used to use Adobe's expensive Acrobat Professional program to reduce the size of my PDF files. There is a "PDF Optimizer" under the Advanced menu pulldown menu that sometimes does a pretty good job of reducing the file size of PDF files. However, recently it seems that this tool does a worse and worse job. Sometimes, I'd use this tool and the resulting file would be even LARGER than the original!
I looked online, and voila -- there was a great solution. I only wish that I had known about this earlier. The resulting PDF files are indeed smaller, and they are much sharper than files compressed using Adobe's Optimizer in Acrobat Professional.
Here's what I found:
I found this web page:
Basically, you open your PDF file in Mac's Preview, NOT Adobe Acrobat.
Then,you do a “Save As…” where you select the “Reduce File Size” Quartz filter.
I did this, but the article above describes an even better method.
- Download and unzip Reduce File Size (75%). Note that the “75%” relates to settings in the filter, not the amount of reduction you’ll get by using it.
- Drop the unzipped .qfilter file into ~/Library/Filters in Leopard/Snow Leopard or /Library/PDF Services in Lion. (Apparently no
~in Lion.) Note: I had to create my own "Filters" folder in the appropriate Library folder in my Mac (I am still running Snow Leopard on my MacBook; Mountain Lion on my desktop Mac).
Thanks, meyerweb.com! (Eric Meyer).