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Create super small PDF files
Authored by: derPlau on Feb 01, '07 09:05:05AM
I just use the following Automator workflow saved to the ~/Library/PDFServices folder; this can then be chosen from the "PDF" popup menu in the Print dialog. The workflow has two Actions in it:
  1. Apply Quartz Filter to PDF Documents (from the PDF library). Choose the "Reduce File Size" filter from the Action panel, or click the reveal arrow by "Advanced Options" to set the specific parameters. This Action then feeds into:
  2. Open Finder items (from the Finder library). I choose "Default Application" from the popup menu here, which for me causes the reduced-size PDF to be opened up in Preview, just as if I'd chosen Preview from the Print dialog. Presumably you could use Move Finder Items or Copy Finder items to save the PDF to a specific location without going through Preview.
It's free, it integrates directly into the standard Mac print workflow, and it's very very Mac-like.

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