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GoEric88 Level 1 (0 points)

In Snow Leopard, I could create a custom ColorSync profile to reduce PDF size (but not with quite as a dramatic drop in quality as the default PDF Reduce File Size) and it would show up in Preview as an option.

Now, in Lion, I still have the profiles, but they do not show up in Preview as a choice.  I also cannot edit the default Reduce File Size profile in ColorSync as it is perma-locked.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • genunix Level 1 (75 points)

    Same issue here.


    I went so far as to remove my custom filters and re-create them. No luck. Still not showing up in the File->Export Quartz Filter list.


    This is a significant issue as I use these filters as part of my daily workflow. Any suggestions?



  • RichKahn Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same problem...why would they change something like this that we all use???


    If you have the answer...let us know.

  • mrrish_ Level 1 (20 points)

    The solution I realized involves the following:


    • Right click the PDF file you desire to work with and then select "Open with..."
    • Select the "Colorsync Utility" application
    • The Colorsync Utility will open up with your PDF file
    • At the bottom of Colorsync Utility status bar, you can select the quartz filter you wish to apply (including any custom ones you made)
    • Press "Apply"
    • Save the document


    I hope this workaround can hold up for now. I do admit I miss the ability to see and use my quartz filters right out of preview.


    Take care.

  • genunix Level 1 (75 points)

    Nice find. I wasn't aware that ColorSync could open files. Learn something new every day.


    This certainly works and is a step forward. Thanks for sharing.


    Hopefully Apple will get around to fixing this obvious bug in Preview so we can reduce the number of steps.



  • mrrish_ Level 1 (20 points)

    Hey, glad to be of help.

  • Bryan4134 Level 1 (0 points)

    Brilliant - saved me hours of searching around for an answer!

  • midnightmac Level 1 (0 points)

    Just copy your filter from




    to /Library/PDF Services/



    and the customized profile will be back in preview.



  • GoEric88 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for this suggestion, but I cannot find the "Library" folder in /Users/YourName/.  I only see a Library folder in Macintosh HD.


    As for the other work-arounds, I really appreciate it.  The only issue I have with that, is it erases all existing bookmarks every time I compress a file directly in ColorSync.

  • mrrish_ Level 1 (20 points)

    This folder is hidden in OS X Lion. Press "Shift+Command+G" and type in "/Users/YOURNAME/Library/" in the path to be directed to the Library folder.


    Best of luck.

  • GoEric88 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.  Works great.


    Now I need to figure out how to get a PDF to open in Single Page view as well as Bookmarks showing in Preview on Lion on every computer by default.  Preview seems to bypass my PDF setting.


    I can't find a way around this.  Snow Leopard Preview seems to abide by the setting the PDF was made with.

  • Sesam88 Level 1 (0 points)


    thanks for that one, but with my settings, I have no file change, only if I use the built in reduce file size.

    Any idea?

  • Sesam88 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, got it now.

    Needed to generate new filters (Kopy the normal Reduce File size and changed it)

    Then I had to transfer them like midnightmac said.

    And then it works. I reduced 11,5 MB to 2,7 MB with  still accaptable results.

    Thanks all togetherColorSyncRFS.png

  • I love my iphone, but... Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks!! Saved me time and frustration :-)

  • I love my iphone, but... Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again! There's always someone with the same problem and someone else smart enough to fix it!

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