PDF Printing in 10.5 (Part 1)

December 1, 2008

compresspdfworkflowOS X 10.5 does not exhibit the “Compress PDF” workflow on the Print dialog that used to appear in OS X 10.4. This has caused more than a little confusion and headache trying to get documents down to an appropriate size for emailing, etc.

The feature’s not lost, however. Apple (in their wisdom) has just decided to move the process into the Preview application. Here are the steps for compressing a PDF, as listed in Preview’s Help documentation:

To compress a PDF file:

Step 1

Open Preview, in your Applications folder.

Step 2

Choose File > Open, select the PDF file to compress, and then click Open.

Step 3

Choose File > Save As, choose Reduce File Size from the Quartz Filter pop-up menu, and choose a name and location for the new PDF file.

Step 4

Click Save.

Quite a few steps more than before, I know. Check out Part 2 for a return to 10.4-style PDF compression.

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