Apago Inc., a software developer for the graphic arts and document management industries, has announced the availability of PDF Shrink 4.0 for Mac OS X. PDF Shrink can reduce most PDF files--including those created by Mac OS X iLife and iWork applications, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint--by as much as 90% of their original size. New features in version 4.0 include optional encryption, support for JPEG 2000 image compression, and a "wizard" for novices to optimize PDFs for various uses.
The new software wizard is a key feature of the PDF Shrink 4.0 upgrade. Designed to simplify the PDF optimization process, the wizard eliminates the need to understand technical jargon by prompting users with a series of questions and then automatically creating a new setting based on their responses. The wizard queries the user's objectives (smallest file size, highest image quality, etc), how the PDF will be used (web, screen, print, etc), PDF viewer (Acrobat, Preview, etc), and whether the user wants the document contents to be protected. PDF Shrink 4.0 also provides an advanced mode that allows technically sophisticated users to directly specify their settings. PDF Shrink 4.0 allows users to optionally remove embedded "base 14" fonts and to delete unused elements such as metadata, thumbnails, and duplicated data. Users can also modify the resolution and compression level according to the output requirements. JPEG 2000 image compression offers higher quality than standard JPEG. New encryption features enable users to prevent unauthorized access to files through password protection or to restrict a readers' ability to make changes to a PDF, to print it, or to extract content from it. The upgraded software also features a redesigned graphical user interface for improved usability. PDF Shrink 4.0 runs under Mac OS X 10.4 and later and takes full advantage of Mac OS X features, including PDF Services, AppleScript, and droplets.
PDF Shrink 4.0 is now shipping and retails for $35. A fully functional, 10-day demo may be downloaded from the website. Current PDF Shrink 3.0 users may upgrade for $14.