By: E&P Staff
Apago Inc., Alpharetta, Ga., has released PDF Shrink 4.1, a utility that reduces PDF file sizes for easier use in e-mail attachments, on the Web, and for on-screen reading. PDF Shrink functions directly from the OS X print center or a desktop droplet, offering an inexpensive way to reduce PDF file size. Even those with the full version of Adobe Acrobat can use PDF Shrink to streamline the process of reducing the size of one file or a batch of files.
PDF Shrink 4.0 added optional encryption, support for JPEG 2000 image compression, and a “wizard” for novices to easily optimize PDFs for various uses. The latest version improves job management, adds the ability to clear job history, and provides the option to overwrite the input file that allows users to maintain existing file- and folder-naming conventions.
As a companion to Mac OS X, PDF Shrink eliminates duplicated images and other inefficiencies from PDFs generated by the operating system. PDF Shrink removes file-bloating repeating images, such as the background image of a PowerPoint show, a bullet point list in Word, or a company logo appearing on each page of a document. Even if a user has Acrobat Distiller, InDesign, and other design applications, PDF Shrink can still reduce a PDF file’s resolution or change compression of a file’s images.
A full-function, 10-day demo version may be downloaded from www.apago.com. Free to current 4.0 users (3.0 users may upgrade for $14 through www.apago.com/upgrade), PDF Shrink 4.1 retails for $35.