November 15, 2007

Compress PDF Print Plug-In for Mac OS X Leopard

Apple is advertising over 300 new features in OS X Leopard. Unfortunately, there are also some useful Tiger features missing from Leopard. One of those missing—and somewhat esoteric—features is the ability to create a compressed PDF document directly from the Print dialog.

To create a compressed PDF document in Leopard—as described in the revamped online help—you must first create a Preview PDF document from the Print dialog, then select the "File->Save As" menu item where you can request the "Reduce File Size" Quartz filter.

Unable to accept that two steps are better than one, I've written an Automator workflow that puts the Compress PDF feature back into Leopard. Just install this package to restore the feature to the Print dialog.

See the documentation page for more information.

Posted by pscott at November 15, 2007 01:57 AM