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  • 2.0 stars

    "Close, but no cigar!"

    November 16, 2009  |   By surfingxinewaves

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Pros

    Fairly straigtforward. Managed to reduce a 6MB pdf by about 2MB

    Cons

    Very resource intensive and took ages for not much result.

    Summary

    It definately had a lot of promise, but the output just wasn't worth it. In the end I exported my 6MB pdf into word, compressed it using the 'compress pictures' option and converted it back to a pdf. Was a little long winded but I managed to cut my filesize down by over 80%. Much better!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth downloading"

    May 22, 2009  |   By eksortso

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Pros

    Well, the GUI is simple.

    Cons

    It won't load some PDF's; it gave me cryptic "% is not an integer" errors on some PDF's that I had created. And when I did give it a file that it could read, it "compressed" it to a larger file size.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Gave up waiting on it to work."

    April 3, 2009  |   By pcarlow

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Pros

    Small download

    Cons

    Pegs your CPU at 100%
    Takes to long if it works at all.

    Summary

    I was reluctant to try it because of the negative reviews, but I had to try something to reduce the size of these giant PDFs for a client.

    PDF Compressor download was small and fast (only 288 KB). No install required which is great, just run the .exe and the program starts.

    I picked the Flate compression algorithim (one of two choices with no explanation) and set it to maximum compression.

    I choose the PDF i wanted to compress (a 4,246 KB 12 page whopper) and gave it a new file name so it wouldn't overwrite the original.

    I hit submit and instantly the application went into "Not Responding" and pegged one of my CPUs to 100% (lucky for me I have a dual core and could keep working).

    Started running at 12:25 PM. Buy 2:21 PM, almost 2 hours later I gave up and went looking for a different solution.

    I gave it 2 stars just because I didn't wait to see if it would actually work and I don't have the patience to try all the different options.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Disappointing results"

    January 27, 2009  |   By mssusanf

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Pros

    Well, the interface was clean and simple and easy to use.

    Cons

    As many others have said, it works in reverse - Increased pdf file size rather than decreasing upon compression. Example file used has 6.3MB size for original - the compressed version, done with this program, has 6.44MB file size.

    Summary

    I suppose this could be a good program if for whatever reason you want to increase the size of your pdf files!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it didn't work"

    January 7, 2009  |   By junyi_75

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Pros

    nothing worked

    Cons

    it expand my file!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A waste of time!"

    November 19, 2008  |   By kapitaine

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Pros

    Small download time and the program just runs from an exe. No need to install.

    Cons

    The program simply took my PDF of 1.5MB and comp[ressed it down to 335 bytes. I thought "great"...but actually, when I opened it, it had an error and said there were no pages. Great compression eh?? Just remove all the pages!!

    Summary

    Waste of time - don't bother downloading it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Does not work with PDF v1.6 files"

    October 28, 2008  |   By jaffar86

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Pros

    Its small and free

    Cons

    Doesn't work with PDF version 1.6 files. I get an error message "Unsupported PDF Version (%PDF-1.6)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't work. (1.27Mb down to 1.25Mb)"

    October 23, 2008  |   By yeeha-get-on-your-horse

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Pros

    Sorry, none.

    Cons

    I had a 1.27Mb PDF of a CAD drawing of a building and this product only compressed it to 1.25Mb. So, it's not worth the time and effort in my opinion.
    Sorry NicePDF, I did try it and I so wanted it to work but I have to be honest in my review.

    Summary

    I had a 1.27Mb PDF of a CAD drawing of a building and this product only compressed it to 1.25Mb. So, it's not worth the time and effort in my opinion.
    Sorry NicePDF, I did try it and I so wanted it to work but I have to be honest in my review.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It simply doesn't work - Useless"

    July 10, 2008  |   By Paul Dumont

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Cons

    It look simple to work but after the compression the file size was still the same. I tried all the combination and the flat rate option was the only one that did something from 12.7 down to 12.1 MB; pretty useless.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use and quick"

    April 23, 2008  |   By eazee2envee

    Version: Free PDF Compressor 1.12

    Pros

    I like that it is simple and straight to the point. You don´t have to be a rocket scientist to use this software.

    Cons

    The only thing i did not like about this software is that when you have more than one page in the same PDF file it doesn´t compress that much, even if you put it on maximum compression. For individual files it works fine though.

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