Berlin, Germany-based Metaobject has released
PdfCompress 4.0, a new version of their utility used to reduce the size of PDF files. The new version adds what developers say is the most frequently requested feature from users: Image downsampling.
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PdfCompress is designed for users that don’t need the large PDF file sizes produced by Mac OS X. While such files can be safe and accurate for pre-press and publishing workflows, according to Metaobject, they’re not optimal for Web posting or e-mail. PdfCompress applies image compression methods to the images stored in the PDF file, removing redundant data. Photos are reduced using JPEG, bi-level images use CCIT Group 4 (fax) encoding, and pure text PDFs can see up to a 5x reduction in file size.
Image downsampling, the new feature in version 4, enables users to reduce image resolution to a version more suitable for screen viewing, according to Metaobject.
PdfCompress 4.0 is ready for download from the Metaobject Web site. A license costs US$25.