Mac tip #0025: Compress PDFs for free

Discussion in 'General Software' started by peaz, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. peaz

    peaz ARP Webmaster Staff Member

    Been a while since I shared any ‪#‎mac‬‪#‎tip‬. So here's one that's pretty useful if you regularly had to deal with PDF files that are too large to send through emails.

    Long story short, create a new Quartz filter using ColorSync that would reduce the DPI and compress the pages using JPEG @ 80+% quality. Then move from ~/Library/Filters to /Library/PDF Services.
    Then use Preview app's Export option and set it to export with the Quartz filter you've created.

    The longer detailed step-by-step screenshot version is here on my blogpost: How to compress PDF for free on your Mac

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