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Metaobject Updates BookLightning and PdfCompress

New versions get bug fixes By Dave Nagel
Metaobject has released updates for BookLightning and PdfCompress, two utilities for working with PDF files. The new versions incorporate bug fixes and are available now for Mac OS X.

PdfCompress is a tool designed to reduce the size of PDF files without reducing image quality. It compresses photographic images using JPEG compression and bi-level images using CCITT Group 4 and can also remove unnecessary fonts and metadata, as well as edit data. The new 4.3.1 version fixes a bug with the font removal preference.

BookLightning is an imposition utility for creating folded and stapled booklets from PDF files. It allows users to drag a PDF file over the application's icon, resulting in a new file (with "_book" added to the file name) with pages resized and reordered automatically. The new 1.1.1 version fixes a problem that occurred when arranging some PDF files. Version 1.0, which was also released this week, also added improved speeds and enhanced compatibility for Mac OS X 10.3.

BookLightning is available now for $49. PdfCompress is available for $27. Both support Mac OS X. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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