Sunday, October 26, 2014

PDF Compressor puts bloated docs on a diet


With Adobe's PDF format, we're able to transfer and share large documents such as contracts, brochures and even books. But sometimes the size of those documents can make that process almost painfully slow. One solution is a PDF compression service that squeezes the file down to a more manageable size.

I recently checked out PDF Compressor, a free service that offers more features that many of its competitors don't have. For example, PDF Compressor will accept files up to 50 MG, far more than many of the others. It also allows you to upload multiple files, then take a break while the squeezer goes to work. Get a cup of coffee and when you return, the finished files are waiting to be downloaded, directly or in ZIP files. And, PDF Compressor doesn't ask for your email address in order to get them.

For my test, I uploaded a 49MB file that included text, handwriting and images. PDF Compressor reduced the file size to 6MB - an 86 percent compression rate - with no noticeable change in the resolution.

Got a PDF document that needs to go on a diet? Give it a squeeze at   


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