New features include optional encryption and support for JPEG 2000 image compression.
Apago has announced Version 4.0 of its PDF Shrink product for Mac OS X. PDF Shrink can reduce most PDF files-included those created by Mac OS X iLife and iWork, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint-by as much as 90% of their original size, the company reports.
PDF Shrink is helpful for users that may not have Adobe Acrobat, but need to produce PDFs at a quality and file size appropriate for use on the Web, as e-mail attachments, on CDs, or for on-screen reading. New features in version 4.0 include optional encryption, support for JPEG 2000 image compression, and a "wizard" for novices to easily optimize PDFs for various uses.
PDF Shrink 4.0 also provides an Advanced mode that allows users to directly specify their settings, such as modifying the resolution and compression level according to the output requirements. New encryption features enable users to prevent unauthorized access to files through password protection or to restrict a reader’s ability to make changes to a PDF, to print it, or to extract content from it.
PDF Shrink 4.0 runs under Mac OS X 10.4 and later, and retails for $35; PDF Shrink 3.0 users may upgrade for $14 through Apago’s website.