Reducing PDF file-size in Linux
The other day I downloaded a PDF that ended up being a whole lot bigger than I thought. A “whopping” 230MB, which is another deal compared to the 30MB PDF’s that I’m accustomed to. So how to reduce the file-size? Ghostscript to the rescue!
If you have Ghostscript installed, run the following command to reduce the file-size of your PDF:
Now you have a few options here under -dPDFSettings:
- /screen selects low-resolution output, and the lowest file-size.
- /ebook selects medium-resolution output, with a medium file-size.
- /printer and /prepress are both the high-resolution options, which is mainly used for printing PDFs. As you might have guessed, this option gives you the biggest file-size (yes, even bigger than your mother).
What can I say. I’m a cheap bastard when it comes to storage space, no matter how low the price might be. ;)