Metaobject, a company that creates publishing software solutions and technologies, has released version 3.0 of PdfCompress, their PDF compression tool for Mac OS X.
The US$25 application applies JPEG compression to photographic images contained in PDF files, “dramatically” reducing the size of PDF files produced by Mac OS X that contain images by up to a factor of 10 without visibly altering image quality, according to Marcel Weiher of metaobject. PdfCompress can be run from the Finder’s Contextual menu or by dragging and dropping items onto the application’s icon. It also boasts settable compression strengths.
Version 3.0 adds an option for applying compression to many common text PDFs, in addition to the image-compression options in previous versions. The combination of these options produces the smallest PDFs possible from native Mac OS X applications, according to
PdfCompress is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. It’s available now for download.