Reducing PDF file size is something I struggled with a lot in the past. The size of my first PDF eBook was about 90MB! Yes, that’s big but true. I didn’t know what to do back then. 90MB is so big and no one will want to download it. I thought the images and screenshots I used were the culprits. So I had to resize all images and I used quite many of them. I had to start all over again. When I finished, I converted the document to PDF and to my surprise, the size was the slightly the SAME if my memory serves me right. I was frustrated…
I knew then that the size of images wasn’t the only culprit. I read online that fonts can also increase the size of your PDF file. So I tried changing them. I used many handwritten fonts in my first eBook. I tried to stick to two or three but in vain. The size didn’t change. I was frustrated…
I tried to look for solutions. I looked online and learned that there are software that can help me reduce PDF file size. I downloaded one of them. It is called PDf Compressor. It did reduce the size but not as I expected. The size was 90MB! I wanted to reduce it to 3MB or something like that. Impossible, right?
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You know that I always like to find cool free tools. It is my passion to try new software and share them with my friends and readers. Let me rephrase that, it is my passion to try new FREE software… I always visit websites that list new programs. They don’t have to be free. I always check paid programs and if I like them, I search for free alternatives to them. This is how I find some amazing software I use. In this post, I am going to show you 3 tools I really love. I am sure you’ll love them too. They’re all free and really valuable.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
A lot of people suffer when they want to reduce PDF size. Reducing PDf file size is not that difficult. We only need to know the main reason why it is large.
PDf file size is affected by different things, but the most important one is the converting option. In most PDF converter you’ll find something called Optimization Settings. If you choose for printing, you’ll get a large PDF file. If you choose for web or online publication, you’ll get a small PDF file.
If the software you use doesn’t have any Optimization Settings, then you need to use a PDf compressors.
I personally prefer to use Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional. You can use it for 30 days for free. You only need it for some 5 minutes. Download it from this link:
If the link doesn’t work, just Google “Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional trial” and download the software from the website you want.
When you do that and install it on your computer, follow these steps:
If this method doesn’t work with you for whatever reason. You can use a PDf compressor. To download the one I have, visit this link: LINK or simply go to Google and write these keywords: free pdf compressor 1.12. You can then download it from download.cnet.com
You can use the software without installing it. The software icon is like this:
That’s all you have to to reduce your PDF size. Contact me if you have any questions. I’ll try to help. Also, if you want me to post anything in the freebie category, please let know.
Your comments are welcome!