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!
It would be great if it wil be possible to modify and/or generate pdf’s in XD, so that these files will be exported in smaller and more reasonable sizes. Just like it can be done in Indesign (Archive > Export >...). Use of Adobe Distiller should be unnecessary. That`s soooo 2019 ;-)
I've been trying for days to reduce the PDF file size using other methods and none of them work.
I can use Acrobat Pro to optimize the file but it doesn't change the file size
A lot of developers asked me send PDF to them and they said when they open PDF in the illustrator the documents were messy. And they prefer I use Sketch to export PDF. I suggest XD team must take serious about this issue. A lot of developers use illustrator to get the assets from PDF but obviously the PDF exported by XD is not only huge but also generates extra masks as well as texts are broken.
Will Davies commented
Solved! I turned my PDF from 196mb to 2.9mb, no issues, read below, it'll take you guys a few minutes.
1. Save as PDF in XD
2. Open PDF in Acrobat, click Save As Postscript (.ps). (DON'T click reduce file size, it may cause text issues, mine did with this option)
3. Now open the postscript file into Adobe Distiller, choose settings smallest file size (for web, not explored other options as of yet).
4. It will compress it, shouldn’t take more than a minute. Job done! My PDF went from 196mb to 2.9mb. It took 16 seconds.
Paul Clapp commented
How has this issue been going on for three years and still not been dealt it. Get this fixed Adobe, listen to your community!!!!
Callen Stewart commented
As far as i can see... its because the images in the created pdf are large in pixel size but still 72dpi, and all pdf compression options in acrobat are for lowering dpi to reduce file size...
Don't export to pdf, export to images then turn those into a pdf.
If your like me and the only reason you use this feature is for quick client preview, export to pdf is mostly broken and you need to use this work around.
i hope i am missing something, but this seems to be the case.
[Deleted User] commented
please fix it.. it is impossible to work with files as big as they are now!!
Paul Bunyar commented
Yes, having PDF Presets would help. We have some particular settings we use for posting PDFs to project folders on our server. It would be great to do so with XD files.
FIX THIS ALREADY
Would be a good option to have :)
Florian Daniel commented
it worked for us
Please add a compression feature or enable third party PDF compression. Neither online tools or local Mac software (NXPowerLite Desktop) can compress these XD created PDFs.
I'm ending up with 600MB for a bunch of UI design templates, it's ridiculous.
Please escalate this feature!
Please change this Adobe, really not great for Workflow- we may as well all keep using indesign/illustrator and photoshop if we have to export back through one of these anyway :-( ?
Please escalate this feature. It's bad enough that PDFs aren't compressed to begin with, but why on earth can't I reduce the files size in Acrobat??
Are you kidding me? Why don't you guys get the basics done before trying to compete with the competitors.
Maged Mohamed commented
32 Mb per 2 pages only !!
As a workaround I started to export artboards as JPGs and then convert them to PDFs. Not perfect, but file size is manageable.
Véronique Salesse commented
Pleased it's a big issue and still no compression option in 2019.
I can still get the pdf file compressed on illustrator though :/.
How are we supposed to get anyone onboard if you can't export a usable PDF?