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Optimize Scanned PDF

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:02 pm
by brianhess
There was a post on this earlier but my situation is somewhat different. I have documents that come from all over via different vendors that are basically just text documents. Depending on what tool they are using I will sometimes get very large documents that can equal 200k-1MB per page. When I use the Adobe "Optimize Scanned PDF" it usually cuts them down 90%. When I use the PDF-Xchange optimize it often does not shrink them at all.

Any suggestions on how I can reproduce the "Optimize Scanned PDF" in Adobe using PDF-Xchange Tools. I can provide samples if needed.

->brian

Re: Optimize Scanned PDF

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:12 pm
by John - Tracker Supp
The issue is the images themselves in the current release of PDF-Tools are not optimized - other content such as fonts, bookmarks etc is.

The PDF-XChange Printer will optimize if you print - but other content can be lost (such as bookmarks etc) so one possible way is to use the PDF-XChange Print driver to optimize - though there can be drawbackls as indicated above.

Version 5 of PDF-Tools will include image optimization when relased later this year.

Re: Optimize Scanned PDF

Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:45 am
by pctuki_fg
John - Tracker Supp wrote:The issue is the images themselves in the current release of PDF-Tools are not optimized - other content such as fonts, bookmarks etc is.

The PDF-XChange Printer will optimize if you print - but other content can be lost (such as bookmarks etc) so one possible way is to use the PDF-XChange Print driver to optimize - though there can be drawbackls as indicated above.

Version 5 of PDF-Tools will include image optimization when relased later this year.
I have the same problem that the pdf's don't optimize properly with PDFXChange, but with Adobe Professional they do. I guess we have to wait for the v5 then.

What about OCR? It's really good feature in Adobe Professional to get text out of a pdf, is this feature coming to the v5 too?

- Ville

Re: Optimize Scanned PDF

Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:21 am
by John - Tracker Supp
There will be a plugin for our Viewer in the 2011 release for OCR as an option and ultimately this will be included in PDF-Tools possibly too - but not until next year.

As far as the effectiveness of OCR in Adobe's products - I am sure its very capable - but cannot specifically comment.