[XeTeX] Python Project: PDF Optimization

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 6 03:46:18 CEST 2010

Hi all,

Given the few responses we have had so far on this topic, it seems that the OP is right: there are many, small programs available which can do most of what is required, but each of those programs then has specific applications which it can or cannot do. To make an "integrated" package, one would need to make a wrapper around all the programs, or start something new.

In my professional life I encounter a very similar problem, namely a multitude of (old) programs with a lot of overlap in their capabilities, but each with specific strengths. It takes forever to learn all the differences between the programs, and the time to make input files etc is much longer than necessary because you need to rewrite the inputs specifically for each program. I am trying to convince the Powers That Be that it would be better to reprogram the bulk - but the reply I always get is: "But it works, doesn't it?"


--- On Sat, 5/6/10, Martin Schröder <martin at oneiros.de> wrote:

> From: Martin Schröder <martin at oneiros.de>
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] Python Project: PDF Optimization
> To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
> Date: Saturday, 5 June, 2010, 11:16 PM
> 2010/6/5 Pablo Rodríguez <oinos at web.de>:
> > pdfopt cannot linearize some PDF files
> > (http://bugs.ghostscript.com/show_bug.cgi?id=690462#c2).
> qpdf can.
> And ps2pdf can downsample pdfs.
> Best
>     Martin
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