How to Optimize a PDF in Java
Optimize a PDF by reducing file size, linearizing content for streaming download, or converting to PDF/A using PDF conversion APIs.
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As we have discussed before, the PDF is the ideal file format for saving, sharing, and protecting documents, both small and large. Its high compatibility with most Operating Systems makes it popular amongst most users for sharing information with different parties. Furthermore, it provides a more static platform for working with important documents like contracts and manuals, as steps can be taken to prevent any unwanted access or editing to the file.
With large and highly complex files like this, however, different systems may have difficulty uploading, downloading, and reading the formatting for your document. This can lead to file corruption or increased loading times that can halt productivity. Thus, streamlining large PDF files can greatly benefit organizations that regularly use this format in day-to-day operations.
The following APIs will allow you to optimize your PDF files in three distinct ways: reducing the file size, linearizing the content, and converting common PDF files to PDF/A. Using these tools, you will simplify the saving and sharing of your largest documents and increase your organization’s overall productivity.
To start using any of these APIs, you first need to install the SDK library, which can be done either through Maven or Gradle. To install with Maven, you will need to add a Jitpack reference to the repository in pom.xml:
Then, you can add a reference to the dependency:
To install with Gradle, you can add the reference in your root build.gradle at the end of repositories:
Then, add the dependency in build.gradle:
Once you have completed the install, you can call the function. The first function will reduce the file size of a PDF by optimizing its content.
This will return a downloadable PDF file that can then be used however you need it. To ensure that this API works properly, you need to ensure certain requirements are met:
- The PDF file is valid and input correctly.
- You have input your API Key. This can be retrieved at no cost on the Cloudmersive website, providing 800 monthly calls across our API library.
If you are sending or downloading a large file using the internet, the next API will linearize your PDF file for streaming download. This will allow you to view the content of the file as it is downloaded, rather than waiting for the long load times that might occur otherwise. Like before, you will need first to install the SDK library; then, you can call the function:
Again, this will return a file with the optimized content, ready for use.
Finally, this last API will convert any PDF file to PDF/A, which is a standardized PDF format that has higher usability across systems. This will prevent your files from becoming corrupted or losing any formatting when sending between computers. You also have the option to select the conformance level for the PDF/A file: “1b” for PDF/A-1b or “2b” for PDF/A-2b. The default is PDF/A-1b.
With the returned PDF/A file, you will not have to worry about your file appearing the way you designed it when sharing with other users.
With these functions, you can easily streamline and optimize your PDF documents according to your needs. If you have any questions about using these APIs or inquiries concerning other API solutions, you can visit the Cloudmersive website, where our team is happy to help with anything you might need.
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