[OS X TeX] Compressing pdf graphics

David Watson dewatson at mac.com
Tue May 22 20:31:16 EDT 2007

I don't have any idea how to compress within (La)TeX, but you might  
want to use the postscript output capability of R combined with the  
command-line utilities ps2pdf, ps2pdf12, ps2pdf13, or ps2pdf14  
provided with Ghostscript. Depending on your version of ghostscript,  
you can find some documentation on these at


(you may need to change the 8.54 to whatever version you have installed)

I did a quick test on a simple plot and found some size advantages  
over the pdf() function in R.

On May 22, 2007, at 12:14 PM, Chabot Denis wrote:

> Hi,
> Recently I posted a question to the R mailing list because pdf  
> plots I make with it can be larger than png files when a lot of  
> objects are plotted (but offer much better quality, of course, in  
> particular for zooming in on details).
> What prompted my question was the fact that Acrobat can shrink  
> these graphics (or my LaTeX documents that contain lots of them)  
> quite a bit, and I was hoping there was a compression option I did  
> not know about.
> I'm including a reply I received because it suggests this  
> compression can be done within LaTeX.
> Do you know how to do this?

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