Are there any open-source command line tool for optimizing PDF in Ubuntu. I have used Ghost Script and i am able to convert the PDF into 72 dpi,

gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite \
   -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 \
   -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen \
   -sOutputFile=myOutput.pdf myInput.pdf

But what i would like to do is mention what dpi i want to convert the PDF to, like a 300 dpi PDF file to 90 dpi PDF file.

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    – N.N.
    Sep 28, 2011 at 12:26
  • Maybe you should rephrase your question since optimizing pdfs might be confused with linearizing them which is not what you're asking for.
    – N.N.
    Sep 28, 2011 at 12:27
  • Please see this related Q&A for a number of GUI tools that can help you with optimizing your PDF files. Apr 11, 2013 at 21:37

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I'll quote zweifel's comment on http://www.ubuntugeek.com/ubuntu-tiphowto-reduce-adobe-acrobat-file-size-from-command-line.html:

  • dPDFSETTINGS=/screen (screen-view-only quality, 72 dpi images)
  • dPDFSETTINGS=/ebook (low quality, 150 dpi images)
  • dPDFSETTINGS=/printer (high quality, 300 dpi images)
  • dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress (high quality, color preserving, 300 dpi imgs)
  • dPDFSETTINGS=/default (almost identical to /screen)

More options and fine tunning on the site: http://milan.kupcevic.net/ghostscript-ps-pdf/

Thus you should use either the option dPDFSETTINGS=/printer or the option dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress to get 300 dpi.

  • Unfortunately, this will not replace multiple instances of the same graphic with a single reference.
    – vy32
    Nov 6, 2013 at 22:27

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