+1 for ghostscript. Used it for excatly the urpose you are talking about
and found it very useful.
It's copious options
the learning curve is a little stiff, but it will let you do
pretty much anything you want to your pdfs.
On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM, Bridger Dyson-Smith <[log in to unmask]
> Have you tried ghostscript? It should be available for any *nix-like OS or
> Windows .
>  http://www.ghostscript.com/download/
> On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Paul Butler (pbutler3)
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> > Have you looked into Irfanview's [ww.irfanview.com] batch conversion
> > settings and plugins? Might be something there that is useful.
> > Cheers, Paul
> > +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
> > Paul R Butler
> > Assistant Systems Librarian
> > Simpson Library
> > University of Mary Washington
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> > Sent from the mighty Dell Vostro 230.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> > Nathan Tallman
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 10:29 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: [CODE4LIB] PDF Compression
> > Can anyone recommend some good PDF compression software? Preferable
> > open-source or low-cost. We're scanning archival collections and the PDFs
> > can be quite large for a single folder. The folder may be thick or thin,
> > and contain a mix of text and images. We've fiddled with various Acrobat
> > settings for getting the file size down, but we haven't found a good
> > balance between quality and file size. (Plus, these need to be OCR'ed; so
> > far we've been doing that in Acrobat.)
> > We were looking at LuraTech PDF Compressor, but the cost for an
> > license is pretty high. It did do an excellent job though.
> > Thanks,
> > Nathan