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10.3: Reduce PDF file size when printing to PDF Apps
To reduce the file size of a PDF generated with OS X's print to PDF feature, choose the Reduce File Size Quartz Filter from the Color Sync options in the print dialog.

I had an 8.3 MB PDF file that was reduced to a little over 3 MB using this method, with no noticeable reduction in quality.
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10.3: Reduce PDF file size when printing to PDF
Authored by: Mikey-San on Nov 14, '03 01:10:48PM

I tried this just now with some word processing documents (all text, no images), and there was no change. :-(

I was really hopin', too . . . Seems that from Jaguar to Panther, PDF size has ROCKETED up. The same file saved in Jaguar as PDF, which was then 80 KB, is now 228 KB. Stupid Apple.

Ah well.



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10.3: Reduce PDF file size when printing to PDF
Authored by: szabesz on Nov 14, '03 05:24:58PM

No longer so stupid. Please read the "10.3: Use ColorSync Utility for PDF refinement" hint. You can create personalised settings to make your PDFs even smaller. OS X is really becoming the best OS in this world.....



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10.3: Reduce PDF file size when printing to PDF
Authored by: Mikey-San on Nov 15, '03 12:17:06PM

See, though, this doesn't apply to me. That's for image compression; I'm talking about text documents that have ballooned up from Jag to Panther.

Word processing files used to print to PDF smaller than Word files. Now they don't. WTF?



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10.3: Reduce PDF file size when printing to PDF
Authored by: hamarkus on Nov 17, '03 12:15:27PM

Maybe the default is know to include the fonts, and that was not the case before?



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10.3: Reduce PDF file size when printing to PDF
Authored by: Mikey-San on Nov 18, '03 12:05:31AM

I printed a lot of stuff to PDF before Panther, and my fonts always carried with the document.

Go figure, I guess.



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10.3: Reduce PDF file size when printing to PDF
Authored by: tripletmot on Nov 15, '03 12:01:11AM

Sorry to sound dumb, but I tried this and when I selected Color Sync, I didn't get any options. Could someone please provide a few steps here.

Thanks!



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10.3: Reduce PDF file size when printing to PDF
Authored by: JKT on Nov 17, '03 10:59:20AM

I've just posted a thread at MacNN showing how to do this:

http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=1703198#post1703198

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Fixes long standing bullet problem
Authored by: jason mark on Nov 15, '03 02:33:01PM

I'm guessing the reason the filesizes get bigger for text is because it includes the fonts (or at least all used characters) when making PDFs. This is SUPER useful for those of us who use Word, and PDF in the bussiness world.

Since OSX I haven't been able to send PDF files to clients from my OSX machine, because the bullets that Word used used some sort of strange character mapping on OSX, and the bullets just disappeared when viewed on Windows.

Depending on the document this can range from strange, to sloppy.

Now it looks like this longstanding problem is finally fixed. A few extra k is a very worthwhile price to pay to be able to send PDFs to clients without asking someone else in the office to make them on OS9 for me. ;)



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Fixes long standing bullet problem
Authored by: Mikey-San on Nov 15, '03 07:55:13PM

Jaguar did that, too, font embedding.

Still wasn't this large. Ah well.



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Fixes long standing bullet problem
Authored by: gpennefather on Mar 02, '04 10:18:27AM

The reason the bullet points disappeared when a Word document was saved to PDF was that the bullets were from the Symbol font and would not display in Adobe Reader. If you change the font used for the bullets to Times or any other standard font then the bullets display as they should - even across platforms.

Cheers

Greg



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Fixes long standing bullet problem
Authored by: Bookman on Mar 06, '04 03:04:15AM

If I understand you, bullets created by using the Bullet tool in the Formatting Pallete are created with the Symbol font. Is there any way to change these bullets to, say, Times other than creating your bullets manually (by typing [Option-8]) instead of using the Bullet tool? Is there any way to force Word to use the document font when creating bullets with the Bullet tool?

Thanks.

--Books



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