[reportlab-users] Writing smaller image-only PDFs

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Thu Feb 9 09:01:15 EST 2006

Nicholas Watmough wrote:
> Yes, the images do only contain black and white. Does this (or can this) 
> assist compression?
> The tool is not doing OCR - it is saving the PDF with images.
> Extract the images from from the PDFs? Extract how?
> And why is reportlab able to compress 11MB of BMPs into 2MB, but not 
> able to compress 5.5MB of JPEGs?
> Thanks.


If the images are being stored in colour there may be a way to convert to B/W 
which would probably be smaller.
Robin Becker

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