Various free services and apps let you reduce the size of PDF files without sacrificing visual quality.
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Options for shrinking too-large PDF files
Reader J. Taves has to spend too much time processing big PDF files to make them compatible with the software he’s using. His specific problem is work-related, but all PDF users might run into the same dilemma.
- “Some of our office software (contact management, loans management, etc.) has file-size limitations.
“Currently, the largest file I can attach to these apps is a tiny 1MB. But I’m often working with documents that are larger — for example, commercial appraisals that are full of pictures. Even the photos I take with my smartphone are larger than 1MB!
“I know how to shrink JPGs. But is there a way to shrink PDFs, too?
“My current solution is not especially elegant. If the file is just barely over the 1MB limit, I simply compress it with 7-Zip set to ultra-mode. (I use .zip, not .7z, so other people can open it.)