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How do a reduce the size of a PDF file on a MacBook Pro?

MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
The file is a passport-size photo.

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  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,370 Disability Gamechanger
    @Matilda having looked around most solutions seem to involved getting other software. However there is a free resource, https://smallpdf.com/compress-pdf which will do the process for you onlilne. If you rather not trust your document to an online compressor you can download the software for a free trial onto you computer. This may be best for one off or occassional documents.

    Macs come with a basic compression program which may suit your need, see https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-zip-and-unzip-files-and-folders-on-a-mac-2260188

    There are other compression programs, some of which are free, if neither of the above work for you let me know and I will list a few for you.

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  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    @Geoark

    Thank you very much :).  I don't mind paying for software if necessary but first I'll try the Mac basic compression program.   I'll let you know either way.
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    @Geoark

    Just an update.  I phoned Apple today who compressed the file for me.  It was quite a lengthy process.  I haven't uploaded it yet because it's for my online Blue Badge renewal which will take about half an hour to complete first.  If I can't locate the file to upload, then I'll phone Apple again.  At the same time I'll ask them to compress another doc that has to be uploaded and upload that, too.

    Blue Badge renewal is almost more difficult and more stressful than going through the PIP process as far as Tribunal!  But I shall persevere no matter how long it takes.

    There are some elderly people eligible for Blue Badges who have never even used a computer.  I wonder how they cope if application/renewal is only online in their area as it is in London.


  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,370 Disability Gamechanger
    @matilda London is probably one of the best resourced places for access to the internet. Most council have tenant resource centres or provide some form of internet access in their offices. Most of the London housing associations have at least one room with internet access for tenants and can help with issues such as scanning documents. As well as community based internet access, libraries etc.

    Similar resources should be available outside of London, though perhaps not in such abundance outside of large cities.

    I agree with you though, not just for the elderly but other groups as well who may not be able to access the internet so well, especially with so much now going online.

    I am glad to hear that you were able to get help with your documents.

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    As a member of a group I did things.
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