Compression of PDFs on the Mac with Quartz X (by Chris) — GIZmo do It looks like you can't just run a text editor, like TextWrangler, to compress a PDF. It won't work because Quartz will strip the PDF of anything that is not text — including images and images embedded in the document, for example. So, I recommend that you go to the PDF Viewer application from your Apple system Preferences folder, and choose the PDF Viewer option. Click View and choose “Open” (it may also be called “PDF in Finder”). Select the file where you wish to have a PDF converted, and click Open. When a Finder window appears that will look like the one in Example 1, click Open in the right panel, then “Choose the best settings.” When the default page is selected, select the page that includes the text you want. The PDF that you just made should now appear on the first page in the new file. It will not look like it's compressed, but it will be much better for viewing on a Mac computer. Dec 29, 2041 — In the first example of the How to Convert PPT to PDF on Mac article, I showed how you can convert PowerPoint or Excel files to PDFs, but how many ways can you get there? After all, you can use Apple's QuickTime (or DVD, even...) to render a PDF, but if you prefer PowerPoint, you can use the PDF Viewer software. How I use Indexer Example 4: Convert a PowerPoint to PDF In Step 4, I'm creating a new PPT file with a page layout that I will be using. Using the first example, I'll select a text file that contains my slide presentation and insert it as a slide. Example 5: Convert PowerPoint to PDF using PDF viewer In this second example, I'll create a PPT file on the computer that I want to convert to PDFs.