Shrinking a pdf file

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  1. dpwu32

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    How can I do this?

    It's about 14 scanned pages, and 20mb. Is there a way to decrease the file size? A way to split it into two files?
     
  2. billybob

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    Did you scan in B&W?

    Is it all text or is there pics as well?
     
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    B&W. There are pics, but only one or two.
     
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    Strange. If I scan 14 pages in B&W, it might be like 3-4mb.
     
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    if you have acrobat, not just reader, its easy to split it into smaller files
     
  6. billybob

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    Too bad it is right out of a book. I was going to try and convert to word but it didn't work at all. lol.
     
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    Dana try using a zip program, that may work for you.
     
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    I has reader... :happysad:
     
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    me too (at home). If it can wait til tomorrow, PM me and I'll hack it up tomorrow
     
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    Deal.
     
  11. HairyAss

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    Download and install this:

    http://www.primopdf.com/

    It will install a virtual printer driver that will allow you to print from any application to a PDF (so, for example, you can print from Microsoft Word to this printer to create a PDF file).

    Open your original PDF file in reader and then print it to the virtual printer - the "printed" version will be much smaller. (when printing, choose screen quality to get it even smaller).
     
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    I have acrobat at work, and I just "Print to PDF" that way it takes it to a lower quality pdf, which you won't notice with b&w. Or there's something under "document" that has "reduce file size" in acrobat.
     
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    You need Acrobat, not the Reader to do this (on Windows).
     
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    I know, I do it in Acrobat. Just saying if anyone is doing it for him, they don't need to cut pages out.
     
  15. billybob

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    Its an already PDF'd book.

    Jenn and HA's options won't work.
     
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    If you still need help send it to my email and I'll fix it up for you tomorrow at work :D

    Thedirtyfresh@gmail.com
     
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    What do the security settings allow?

    If there are no security settings, my method will work with an existing pdf.
     
  18. HairyAss

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    Yes it will. The PDF he currently has contains info on the original image. Printing to a new PDF will rasterize the images and cause the entire PDF to be recreated with compressed images (essentially).

    Trust me, it'll work.
     

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