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theorozenburg Level 1 Level 1

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)
Solved by FFS48 on Jul 26, 2011 8:52 AM Solved
  • Open PDF in Preview
  • Print– save as PDF
  • Open in Preview
  • Save
  • Choose Quartz filter and choose reduce file size
  • FFS48 Level 1 Level 1
    • Open PDF in Preview
    • Print– save as PDF
    • Open in Preview
    • Save
    • Choose Quartz filter and choose reduce file size
  • theorozenburg Level 1 Level 1

    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.

  • Sesam88 Level 1 Level 1

    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
  • BabaOrhum Level 1 Level 1

    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 4 Level 4

    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 4 Level 4

    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

    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 Level 1 Level 1

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

  • Adeyosoye Level 1 Level 1

    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

    YES!!!

    Wonderfull, thank you jerome, thank you redticket.

  • jaketigersfan Level 1 Level 1

    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

  • BertmanSG Level 1 Level 1

    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

    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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