Friday 13 November 2009

HOWTO: Make smaller PDF files on the Mac

On the Mac, printing a document to a PDF sometimes results in a very big file, for example when the original document has lots and lots of pictures in it. To make a smaller PDF :-

1. Save to PDF in the normal way.
2. Open the big PDF file using Preview (the default Apple PDF viewing application).
3. Pick:  File / Save As
4. Set:   Format = PDF
5. Set:  Quartz Filter = Reduce File Size

I've just reduced a 12-page file from 15 MB to 1 MB by this method.

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