7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 22, 2011 7:33 AM by cathy fasano
cathy fasano Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
Following various tips, I have found that I can reduce the size of a pdf file from the command line via the command:

/System/Library/Printers/Libraries/./quartzfilter infile filterfile outfile

I have tested this on my 10.4 system, and it works like a charm. I have folded it into a perl script which I use to batch-reduce press-quality pdfs for viewing on the web.

But in 10.6 the command seems to have disappeared? I found a thread from Dec 09


wondering if it was gone, and if no, what the heck happened to it, and if yes, is there any way to get it back? The poster then didn't get any answer -- is there anyone who can give any more information about it? I know that you can still reduce files in the 10.6 version of quartz using various interactive gui-controlled tools (although the pdf reduction is unreliable, I'm tinkering with it to see if I can get it to be acceptable), but I can't seem to figure out a command-line version which I would need for the script that runs at 2am.

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)