[scribus] reducing PDF size

a.l.e ale.comp_06 at xox.ch
Mon Aug 22 07:31:56 UTC 2011

On 8/22/11 5:10 AM, Meho R. wrote:
> On 22.08.2011 00:00, Christen wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I know this is a topic that has been discussed many times on the mailing
>> list/forum, but I have been unable to find a simple solution. I design a
>> newsletter, and am trying to convert it from a printed publication to an
>> e-newsletter, to be emailed out. However, as you all know, the size of a
>> Scribus-generated PDF is huge - much too large to be emailed. I 
>> looked on
>> the wiki and found the "reduce pdf size" script, but the two scripts 
>> given
>> were for Mac and Linux - I'm running Win Vista 32-bit. I also found a 
>> "web
>> optimized pdf" perl script that would probably achieve the desired
>> results.but the problem is, both of these scripts seem rather 
>> complicated.
>> I'm primarily a designer, with almost no experience in programming. The
>> scripts look a little intimidating. So I was wondering - is there an 
>> easier
>> way to reduce the pdf size in Windows? Any ideas would be greatly
>> appreciated
>> TIA,
>> Christen
> This was discussed couple of days ago. I'm going to point out three 
> things you can try and see if they help:
> 1. Limit image resolution to 72dpi (in "Save as PDF" dialog: "General 
> > Maximum Image Resolution")
> 2. Set profile optimized for screen/web instead of press (in "Save as 
> PDF" dialog: "Color > Output Intended for > Screen/Web")
> 3. Let vector graphics stay that way, without conversion to bitmap (in 
> "Save as PDF" dialog: "General > Embed PDF & EPS files (EXPERIMENTAL)").

generally, converting the PDF to PS and back to PDF can lead to a file 
with a -- possibly incredibly -- smaller size.
i have not tried it, but you may install a postcript printer (in the old 
time we used to install the apple laserwriter), print the PDF to file 
with acrobat reader and use a free tool to convert back the PS to PDF...

i have not tried it, but it may work...

installing some sort of linux on your computer (you can use it in dual 
boot or just launch it from CD) or having a computer with apple's os x 
is clearly the easy way to do it :-)


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