PDF is now a very mature technology. After having been around for over a decade, one issue comes up repeatedly: backwards compatibility. If you have taken the plunge and upgraded to Acrobat 7, great! You have access to the latest and greatest in functionality; unfortunately, it doesn’t necessarily follow that everyone in your audience is so lucky. What if they are running Reader 6, 5 or even 4?
Since version 6, Acrobat has offered a simple way to ensure backward-compatibility via the Reduce File Size menu item. Here’s how to use it:
- In Acrobat 6 or 7, select File > Reduce File Size.
- Select the lowest version of Acrobat (and hence, Reader) that you would like to support, remembering that more features will be disabled in older versions.
- Click OK.
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