Fortunately, Mac users have it good because almost any text file can be saved as a PDF. Just click the File menu, select Print, then select Save As PDF from the Print menu. Voila! The file gets converted to a PDF and stored on your Mac. There’s just one problem.
Put PDFs On A Diet
From what I can tell after using PDFs for a decade or so, they’re inherently fat. That’s right. PDF files are heavyweights what with graphics and formatted text inside.
Not only do fat PDFs take up lots of space on your Mac, they’re also subject to the whims of email inboxes which don’t allow too many files with attachments.
Enter my favorite PDF utility. It’s called PDF Squeezer and all it does is reduce the PDFs fat by compressing what’s inside.
What’s going on is what probably should be an option when creating or saving PDFs in the first place.
PDF Squeezer compresses images, and removes components which are not necessary to view the file, and that reduces the overall size of the file.
How much can a PDF be reduced?
That depends much on the PDF itself; how large it is in the first place, how many graphics are embedded in the document, which app created the PDF, and other factors.
In my tests, with some graphically heavy PDFs, file size could be reduced by as much as 90-percent.
That means a 10-megabyte file quickly becomes a one megabyte file. But your mileage may vary as I’ve compressed some PDFs that are mostly text and saved at best 10-percent to 20-percent.
Beyond compressing file size, PDF Squeezer’s claim to fame is ease of use. Drag and drop a PDF onto the app’s window, select a few filters (graphic resolution, for example), and you’re about ready to go.
Click the Preview button to see the PDF file before it’s saved (some graphics don’t look as good once they’re compressed). Click Save As to change the file name and destination, or simply click Save and you’re done.
PDF Squeezer is fast, easy, and helps to save both storage and bandwidth (especially when sending large PDFs to iPhone or iPad users).