Benefits of PDF
The PDF format has developed into one of the most versatile and popular file formats in the world today. PDF is the acronym for Portable Document Format and the documents generated in this format maintain the format integrity of the original document when printed or viewed by the user. Due to its varied uses, it may become necessary to compress the PDF file size, when managing it for diverse applications. The PDF format retains the document format irrespective of the software, hardware, or operating system used to generate the original file. They can be opened, read and printed by many free PDF readers available on the web and viewed on all operating systems.
Why Compress PDF?
The PDF file generally becomes larger in size than the source document and is loaded down with images, video and heavy fonts. This makes it necessary to reduce the compress the PDF file size before mailing it to a recipient or for any other use. One may need to mail the file as an attachment, load it on a web page or save it on a disk and for any of these reasons the file needs to be reduced in size and made more compact. There are two basic techniques for this compression. One reduces the size of the file considerably, but there is a significant loss of content quality, while the other retains the quality of content, but the compression is far less than the first technique. The choice of technique would depend on the user and the needs of that particular application.
The software to compress the PDF file is easily available on the web in both free and purchase options. Even the kinds that need to be bought can be tried out free of cost. The compression of the PDF file is done through the reduction of images sizes, text, graphics and also the removal of unnecessary elements in the file. These could be unused images, metadata, bookmarks and others in the PDF file. Current software available uses the latest in image compression technology and formats to make the most compact and web-friendly PDF files.