How to Compress a PDF for Faster Download

It is always amazing to me to download a PDF from a site and compress it using several different tools.  Before I get started let me preface that I have absolutely nothing against the author or the document(s) they present but this is just showing you what you can gain by spending a few extra minutes.  This document contains a lot of images.  It seems that the more images you have inside a PDF the greater compression ratio you can achieve.  By using different tools online as well as the wide range of options from each site you can achieve some amazing results.  I also admit that some of these might not be acceptable alternatives for this kind of document but in general you can achieve great results for a small amount of effort.

The PDF Acrobat version is the only version that is on my computer and has one of the highest compressions available.  In some cases if you are charged for bandwidth it might very well be cost effective.  I encourage you to try this out and let me know what you find or if you have found other solutions.

http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/Dave/Internet/Lectures/Handout_5_PF.pdf  – (3,389,967 Bytes)

smallpdf (www.smallpdf.com) – (1,966,550 bytes)

http://www.compress-pdf.co.uk – (338,094 bytes)

CVision Compressor   – (568,174 bytes)

pdf -tools – (722,783 bytes)

PDF Acrobat – (743,818 bytes) **

Neevia – (3,115,009 bytes)

** Located in Adobe Acrobat Pro X version

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David Bauernschmidt

David Bauernschmidt

I live in the historical triangle of Virginia where I am married with two daughters. I have spent over 13 years working for a Fortune 500 company in the computer area. I started in VB 6.0 and by the time I ended my employment I was supervising a development team where we built many web applications. When my first daughter was born I wanted to spend more time with her so I left and became a programmer analyst for local government as well as launch my own company. Since then I have grown James River Webs into a profitable web design and application company helping small businesses create a big presence on the internet. As an employee I have created web application used by citizens and other companies. I enjoy fly fishing, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy learning new approaches and development tools when it comes to developing applications.

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