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  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,227 points)

    I figure they could save $5 Billion by only paying Congressional members $77K a year, maybe more if they pay for their own Healtrhcare & shut down the Swimming Pool.

  • physci Level 1 (0 points)

    It does work with Lion, albiet through a different menu.


    You can access the filter drop-down menu by going to File --> Export. You'll see the option for quartz filters and if you've already added jcolas's filters mentioned in this thread, you'll see all of them listed there as well.

  • netj Level 1 (0 points)

    Lion must have dropped support for filters installed under User's home.  With Snow Leopard, I had jcolas' .qfilter files placed under ~/Library/Filters/ and everything worked just fine.  However, after upgrading to Lion, the filters disappeared.  (Obviously, I was talking about the "Export..." screen, since Lion's Preview app no longer has the "Save as" menu.)  Reading your message, I tried moving them to /Library/Filters/, and now they appear again!


    Anyone who had the .qfilter files or the Filters folder under their home's ~/Library/, try moving them to /Library/.


    Thanks to physci anyway.



    P.S. Lion's Image Capture seems to be enhanced.  They now support multi-page scans, and the scans saved in PDF seems slightly smaller.  However, these filters are still essential since it can compress them into nearly half! ~900KB -> ~500KB for my 150dpi 2-page document.

  • Christopher Johansing Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a ton Jerome. I've had this problem FOREVER, and now I'm free!!!!

  • redticket Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you very much for these filters! I had these on SL, but after doing a clean-install of Lion, my application workflow didn't work because I didn't have the quartz filter anymore. Good thing I found your post again, and now I am able to reduce PDF file size by half without compromising the quality.

  • M Fillion Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all,


    I am new here, and I have the same problem, saving in a PDF format that is of acceptable size to send via email. I read the whole thread, copied the filters into my library but when comes time to print or save as a PDF I don't see any option box with the filters...  Am I doing something wrong..?


    I am using SL on my MacBook Pro and Lion on my iMac.  I only tried this on my MBP as there seems to be difficulties with Lion...


    Thanks in advance,


    Marc Fillion

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,227 points)

    Hello, welcome to the forums!


    In Colorsync Utility do they show up?



    In the expanded Print Dialog, is there Colorsync option where Copies & Pages Shows, & Quartz Filter under that?


    PS. feel free to start a new topic to get more helpers in on it.

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for finally solving this problem for me. So not fun.


    Does anyone know if there is a similar way to PRINT to pdf with such selections?


    Unless I am missing something I was able to Open a document and then Save with these options (nice) but is there also a way to Open a series of images and PRINT to pdf with these options?


    Also, I gather Acrobat doesn't do any of this on a Mac? I mean it is a paid program but even if I buy it I don't get the functionality in this scripted option?


    Thanks for any help.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,227 points)

    Hi, what OS?


    Feel free to start a new topic to get the most helpers in on it.


    You can select many PDFs at once & open them, then possibly you want an Automator or Apple Script to do what you want, can't really tell so far.

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi BDA,


    Thanks. Sorry for dropping in on the thread but I have been trying to solve this for a long time and this is one of two threads where I have found both a way to downsample an existing pdf and to do this by dragging and dropping in bulk over a folder. Both very much needed and very helpful.


    I am on Snow Leopard.


    And I guess the only thing that I am missing is a way to print to pdf that doesn't involve my opening the images/scans and downsizing them first, or that does not involve my re-opening the pdf.


    I'm about to run a search for pdf's by size using WhatSize but I don't think I can drag and drop from there. Also, I don't think Spotlight will let me sort by size.


    Will the utility in this post let me drag and drop from Spotlight and leave the pdf's in place but only downsized? Is there a way to do this by size?


    Should I move them all to a single folder using Spotlight or a utility called Papers?


    Thanks for any help on this. I haven't had any luck with this in attempting answers in other posts or threads.



  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi BDA,


    Sorry. Got bit by the Apple backspace forum bug so I lost some text in the previous post. I also notice that I neglected to include the link while also asking a question or two that belongs on the other thread. Sorry.



    Anyway, trying to both get existing pdf's downsampled to manageable size in some way and to make sure that future pdf printing has more control over it. Ideally without having to reopen and resave.


  • UPusingMac Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Jerome.


    After 4 years apparently this is still the best 'free' option out there (as opposed to spending $$ on pdf-shrink).


    Adobe 9 pro doesn't seem to do crap with Lion, and/or gives me an error everytime I try to reduce the PDF filesize.  Alternatively, any and all changes I try (besides the ones using quartz filters per this thread) also seem to leave the filesize unchanged.


    I make powerpoints for students that average about 3MB.  The PDFs created on my mac mini average from 3-5MB.   This is completely unacceptable since on my windows machine I can make a PDF that is about 200Kb and completely unblurred and readable.


    Even with Jerome's solution, on the lowest quality the pics are blurry, and the PDF only reduced to 2MB, which at least IS SMALLER than anything Adobe pro or Lion out of the box seems to be able to do. 


    Why isn't there a solution that makes my 3MB powerpoints into 200Kb PDFs of good quality like I can do on my old windows system?   I realize bandwidth goes up with time, but PDFs on macs seem ridiculously bloated.


    Anyway thanks Jerome, your 4 year old solution still seems to be one of the best available for mac users.

  • khushalshah Level 1 (0 points)

    Where do I save the 'filter' folder. I m using OS X Lion?..urgent requirement...please help..

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does anyone know if there is a way to /print/ to pdf with these type of defaults?


    I am trying to dig my way out of a year and a half of unknowingly creating 500 MB sized pdf's (I think I got that right, anyway) - I now have this tool to downsample individual pdf's and I found another tool that will do this for existing pdf's in bulk - but is there a way to do this for NEW PDF's that I print from mac?


    Also a big thanks for this post...

  • hotwheels 22 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi All,


    I'm a year and a half into my new OS (Snow Leopard from Windows XP) and I have some pdf's that are 900 MB on my drive and I have not been able to get this to work even though I feel like I have enough documentation over here to write a thesis.


    I /do/ see the pulldown options but when I open the pdf in Preview, run SaveAs and pulldown to "Reduce to 150 dpi average quality - STANDARD COMPRESSION" I am still getting a 33 page pdf to be 70 MB and it won't go through as an email attachment.


    Right now I am using WhatSize to find the biggest offenders and manually going through them one by one but I have to mail a document and it is really important that I get it out and not ask someone to download from ftp because I can't get it together over here enough to manage my pdf sizes...


    Can anyone help me out here? I probably have 50+ GB on my hard drive taken up with pdf's at this point and I have just not been able to tackle this on my own...





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