Ubuntu, Scribus and PDF: how to reduce the size of a HUGE PDF file

19/11/2016 at 3:13 pm Plaats een reactie

It has been a while since I published anything about using Ubuntu and Ubuntu software. Does this mean that I switched to another OS in the meantime? Not at all. I am still using Ubuntu, and I am now at version 16.04, still on a perfectly working legacy HP Workstation. Apart from basic things like mail, Office processing, Whatsapp, etc., I also use one program a lot on that machine: Scribus. I use Scribus primarily to create an online sports newsletter. Scribus is really, really good for creating newsletters. However, it tends to generate huge files…with a couple of photos on each page out of e.g. 5, a PDF file of GOOD quality will easily be about 15 MB, and can grow to 30 MB, if you want to have real good quality. Now if you want to send such a HUGE file to some mail distribution list – then can have a small issue…Let me just share a very quick tip on how to reduce PDF files from e.g. 30 MB to 1,25 MB (which is quite reasonable for mass mailing a PDF). Use the gs terminal command:

gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -sOutputFile=blabla-pdf blablainput.pdf

Just give it a try. Happy Scribus Time!

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