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theorozenburg Calculating status...
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Jul 26, 2011 8:41 AM

Ladies and Gents,

 

Can you please let me know how I can reduce the size of pdf docs in OSX Lion. I use to be able to save as pdf, open it again and then "save as" with reduce option. In lion it only shows "Save version" instead of "save as". Thanks in advance and regards, Theo.

Airport Extreme, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • FFS48 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jul 26, 2011 8:52 AM (in response to theorozenburg)
    • Open PDF in Preview
    • Print– save as PDF
    • Open in Preview
    • Save
    • Choose Quartz filter and choose reduce file size
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    Aug 4, 2011 9:03 AM (in response to theorozenburg)

    Hi,

    in SL I have generated my own quarz filters with color sync.

    That is neccessary, as the reduce file size normaly makes the doucuments unreadable.

     

    Now I have no more acces to theese filters in preview.

    I tried to open also the pdf's with color sync directly, but unfortunately the only filter working is the pre-defined reducer, which I can not use.

    Is anybody having here a solution?

  • Sesam88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 4, 2011 10:11 AM (in response to Sesam88)
  • BabaOrhum Calculating status...
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    Aug 14, 2011 3:08 PM (in response to theorozenburg)

    I have used Preview to reduce a big pdf file, alothough it does reduce it from about half the size it does also reduce the quality of the file.

     

    So I was wondering, beside buying Adobe professionnal's software, is there a "cheaper-that-does-only-one-thing" type of application for mac osx lion that can reduce (and optimize) pdf files and keep the quality ?

  • Marc Wilson Level 3 Level 3 (970 points)
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    Aug 14, 2011 3:17 PM (in response to theorozenburg)

    theorozenburg wrote:

     

    Thanks FFS4B, it's one step more to get a reduced pdf version compared with Leopard but that's probably because in Lion you are able to "save a version" and get back to previous documents.

    Regards, Theo.

     

    Leopard couldn't do it either, if you had it there, you'd installed one or another of the custom Automator workflows that started appearing after Leopard's release.  One is here:

     

    http://skycoast.us/pscott/software/mac/

  • Marc Wilson Level 3 Level 3 (970 points)
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    Aug 14, 2011 3:19 PM (in response to BabaOrhum)

    BabaOrhum wrote:

     

    So I was wondering, beside buying Adobe professionnal's software, is there a "cheaper-that-does-only-one-thing" type of application for mac osx lion that can reduce (and optimize) pdf files and keep the quality ?

     

    Nothing you do that compresses the images in the PDF is going to "keep the quality", it's only whether or not you can *see* the degradation or not.  It's a lossy compression.

  • redticket Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 2, 2011 7:20 AM (in response to theorozenburg)

    Hey, don't lose hope... I found this thread by Jerome Colas, about reducing PDF file size

     

    Try these steps:

     

    1. Download the quartz filters made by Jerome Colas LINK

     

    2. Move the FILTERS folder on your Library folder ---> /YOUR HARD DRIVE/Library/

     

    3. Open Automator, create Application (Not Workflow!!!)

     

    4. Search and drag "Open Finder items" to the right

     

    5. Search and drag "Apply Quartz Filter to PDF Documents"

              - when prompted "This action will change the PDF files passed into it.  Would you like to add a Copy Finder Items action so that the copies are changed and your originals are preserved?" Click Don't Add

     

    6. From the Filter drop down, select Reduce to 150 dpi average quality - STANDARD COMPRESSION

     

    /___sbsstatic___/migration-images/160/16074260-1.jpg

     

    7. Save it to your Desktop.

     

    8. To resize PDF, just drag the PDF file over the Automator Application you saved on your Desktop.

     

    Your PDF file size is now reduced, without compromising the quality!

     

    Thanks to Jerome Colas for the wonderful quartz filter!

  • M Fillion Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2011 12:12 PM (in response to redticket)

    I tried this automator application and it is awesome!!  Thanks!!

  • Adeyosoye Calculating status...
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    Oct 6, 2011 7:28 PM (in response to theorozenburg)

    I could give Jerome Colas a big hug right now. It works like a charm. Reduced a 99MB PDF file to 1.7 MB with the quality intact.

  • Sesam88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 7, 2011 1:33 AM (in response to theorozenburg)

    YES!!!

    Wonderfull, thank you jerome, thank you redticket.

  • jaketigersfan Calculating status...
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    Oct 21, 2011 5:57 AM (in response to redticket)

    Thank you so much Redticket and Jerome. This is by far the most effective time I have searched a forum for help with a computer related issue.

     

    You have saved me hours of painful work, turned my 131MB PDF into 7MB and still good quality.

     

    Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you

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    Nov 4, 2011 10:48 AM (in response to theorozenburg)

    I followed the exact same steps as what redticket and jerome did as per steps by everytime I tried, my PDF doubles in size.

  • Sesam88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 7, 2011 4:03 AM (in response to theorozenburg)

    Hi BertmanSG,

    in file compression it is often that some already compressed files, when compressed again, go bigger. If you do not have a clean uncompressed PDF, this is very likely to happen.

    Regards

    Sesam

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