How Does a PDF Become Large?
A Portable Document File, commonly known as PDF, is a widely used electronic file format which includes all the file components such as the text, images, typefaces, layout, and retains them to appear the same on using any operating system. Thus the PDF basically is a container to hold both text and images used for document sharing or transfer. However, due to its design benefits, users tend to overuse the file format by loading it with high resolution images, interactive elements, application data, apart from huge volume of data. This is when the PDF becomes too large to handle. When overloaded, the PDF becomes bulky and slows down the data transmission or downloading time.
How to Compress Large PDF?
By design PDFs compress information as much as possible to avoid huge bulky files. But then, large PDF documents have to be cut down in size to speed up transmission and save memory space. PDF compression software tool needs to be installed and the output PDF would be reduced in size while retaining the format and contents intact. Two compression techniques, Lossy and Lossless methods are available to reduce the PDF size. Using lossy compression data that is shrunk in the PDF cannot be recovered completely. If high quality images are not a priority, this method is used. Lossless compression will not diminish the images and graphics within the file, but the reduction in the file size will be lesser than that done by the lossy compression. Both the methods can be used appropriately and the PDF size will be reduced and easy to handle or transmit through email.
What are the Advantages of Compressing Large PDF?
Compressing large PDFs using compression tools is convenient when sending the files through email avoiding network clog with transfer of large attachments. Compressing PDF documents also helps in saving storage space and saves time for downloading or organizing the files. The files are more easily accessible and can be shared by people across the network. Data exchange is faster and saves time and cost for the user.