PDF Export - compression options to reduce file size
Exported PDF are too big. Please add compression options like InDesign.
As of XD version 26, exported PDF file size is down by up to 90%, while retaining the current quality level.
Thank you for all your feedback!
Erich Lehmann commented
This is driving me mad
Faith Deutsch commented
162 MB - my client's computer is blowing up.
this is so silly!
So I did figure a really long method, but works! Download the pdf from XD - open in illustrator- and save as a pdf again but with compression settings on illustrator- take the pdf to small pdf and compress further .
My out was from 55MB Tto 13Mb
Agreed, 100%. How is there still no PDF export options box, period?
Absolutely mind-blowing this is still an issue.
Better compression please!
I have a workaround that compressed my 14 page PDF presentation from 65mb (standard export as PDF) to 15mb.
1st) Export all artboards as PNGs
2nd) Drag and drop all PNGs back into XD
3rd) Rearrange and export as PDF
Cons: Will be super annoying with a lot of artboards so use a separate folder and not the desktop.
I have a single artboard (android), with a .svg image of 1.54kb. I added basic text to it and exported as a pdf. The exported file size came out as 15mb. This is ridiculous. It's close to heart breaking.
Richard Cooper commented
Needs sorting - very frustrating
This is a MAJOR flaw. I get the concept of publishing specs and prototypes to other XD users, but the fact is that not everyone uses XD. I need to export my PDF to a reasonable size (small enough to fit into a Gmail attachment) in order to collaborate—plain and simple. To make things worse, I can't even figure out how to compress the file using Acrobat Pro. I followed Adobe's documentation/tutorial, but the resulting file size is unchanged. END-TO-END design has got to be a priority.
This is outrageous and NEEDS TO BE FIXED ASAP. Dear Adobe clan please look after your paying customers.
This is insane. What's the deal with the image masks!? I've tried everything I can find but the only way to actually reduce really destroys the quality.
Hey guys, I found a bit of a workaround that hopefully helps someone. Not super proficient in this stuff, so forgive me if my method does weird things that I'm not aware of lol. Its not too cumbersome but obviously a direct version out of XD would be nice. Anyways, here is the workaround.
Open the large exported pdf file from XD in Acrobat. (my file was 184mb)
Go to File, Export to, Postscript. The file will now be totally flattened.
Open the .ps file you just generated by dragging and dropping the file onto Acrobat icon.
This will automatically run Adobe Distiller and will convert the .ps to a .pdf for viewing in Acrobat
Save this new PDF with reduced size! (Final size for my file was 8.8mb!!)
Hope this helps!
Kayla Archer commented
Way too big - they really should make all Adobe exporting options the same.
This is getting even more ridiculous with the latest update. I've got a 8x11' with one image (1.5mb) and the PDF export is coming in at 7.5mb. This is so horrible and it feels like they are pushing people to not use XD. I am thinking about abandoning it completely now.
Even if you open the file in Adobe DC Pro and save as an optimized PDF it refuses to downsample the images with masks… WTF? Adobe invented the PDF!
I have discovered, you can create the layouts in Illustrator - where you have greater control over file compression when creating PDFs, copy the entire artboard manually and paste it into XD for prototyping. All of the data is retained (fonts, size, color, etc.). Elements are grouped but can be manipulated separately.
This is really annoying !! Every time I convert files to PDF and gives a big file size. Recently I have converted my resume in a single A4 size page 595 pixels x 842 pixels and after conversion it's 843 KB.
is there any solution to this? a workaround maybe? The PDF file size is insane...
The size of PDF's is ridiculous. My clients are getting very frustrated. When will this be fixed?
Denny Pratama commented
please make compression option for this adobe XD