Monday, May 19, 2014

Redistilling PDFs that are not portable by design

I hate it when I am forced to deal with documents that are portable in title only (yes, I am looking at your Adobe). Every so often, I do get pdf documents from a major organisation that can viewed by Adobe Acrobat only. On OSX, this bloated application consumes 369 Megabytes of precious SSD space (preview consumes 29 Megabytes and is nicer).

Anyway, back to the story, these documents cannot be saved in any other format on my machine. In fact, the only way to read these documents w/out hackery is to print them out and rescan them back.


So here goes a recipe for saving these files in a portable way.

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