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Thread: Help merging markings/comments on .pdfs

  1. Help merging markings/comments on .pdfs

    This is driving me crazy.

    I've been using Drawboard PDF and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to read and make notes on .pdf articles with a stylus. I'm now nearly at the end of my 5GB of OneDrive space because of the resulting ballooning of file size: 200kb .pdfs wind up being 10,000-20,000kb with my notes and markings. "Optimize .pdf" brings them down to about 4,000-5,000kb sometimes, but even that doesn't seem right.

    I suspect a lot of the bloat is coming from the file recognizing each of my pen strokes as a distinct object. I also suspect merging these thousands of tiny objects with the .pdf base layer will shrink filesize considerably. My question is: how do I do that? Can I a) use another program write on a pdf instead of just leaving a bunch of tiny objects above its surface or b) push those tiny objects, with Acrobat Pro DC, down to the .pdf itself? This is assuming either would make a difference in file size beyond what "Optimize pdf" does.

    I thought the "Flatten Layers" option would do what I'm asking here, but, even though I can edit and move them around, the markings aren't recognized as a layer for some reason.

    HALP PLEASE!

  2. #2
    You could try printing to a PDF, it would create a single rasterized layer, but depending on the document complexity it may not help the file size.

  3. #3
    If you do that make sure you select "print comments and markups."

  4. #4
    Screenshot.
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  5. #5
    Noob detected

  6. #6
    Guilt assigned.
    Quote Originally Posted by Razor Ramon View Post
    I don't even the rage I mean )#@($@IU_+FJ$(U#()IRFK)_#
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    I'm sure whatever Yeller wrote is fascinating!

  7. Quote Originally Posted by GohanX View Post
    You could try printing to a PDF, it would create a single rasterized layer, but depending on the document complexity it may not help the file size.
    This worked just fine! It shrunk those fuckers by about 75%.

    Thanks!

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