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Maybe trying a more rational approach would help
Authored by: hamarkus on Feb 01, '07 12:57:48PM

This hint, as several previous ones plus tons of comments amount to little more than anecdotal evidence. What I would like to see (as a hint maybe) is
1) A list of possible technical options to reduce file sizes:
- images (compression, downsampling)
- fonts (embed, do not embed)
- transparency (flatten,...)
- discarding objects
- other cleaning up
- pdf version (1.3, 1.4, 1.5, ...)
Which options are recommended for what purpose, how important and effective they are...
2) Which tools use which options (e.g. what does Export 'good' in Pages, ...)
3) And only after that any black magic that cannot be explained by 1 or 2

(If the list above reminds you of the PDF Optimizer in Acrobat, that's where it comes from. PDF Optimizer also has an Audit space usage button, maybe try that out next time if you discover some more black magic.)

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