Looking for software to compress .PDF files

I recently purchased a 100 seat license of  "Advanced PDF  Compressor" ($600.00) unfortunately after 6 installs all licenses were used up. I called the vendor both sales and tech support with no reply. I also emailed the website that handled  the transaction and they indicated that I needed to go through the vendor.

I was very pleased with the software during the testing phase as it took a 20MB .pdf and shrunk it to 865K and file was very readable.

So now I will rely on the experts to guide me to a software package or method  that will compress .pdf files. Looking for a drag and drop process if possible.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Adobe Acrobat can do it:

Acrobat compress options
The Optimized PDF feature is available only in Acrobat Pro. The Reduced Size PDF feature, which is a subset of Optimized PDF, is available in Acrobat Standard. I have them in X (10) and XI (11). I'm sure they're available in DC, but I haven't upgraded to DC yet. Regards, Joe
jlspencerAuthor Commented:
This is just not cost-effective with the new fee schedule for Adobe acrobat. Also the compression was not nearly as good as PDF compressor software.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> This is just not cost-effective with the new fee schedule for Adobe acrobat.

I hear you on that — Acrobat has always been overpriced, imo.

I want to be clear on one point — you said this:

"purchased a 100 seat license"

and this:

"after 6 installs all licenses were used up"

Are you saying that the software said you were not in license compliance after six installs and would install no more copies?

Anyway, I was recently on a thread about this same subject here at EE:

Note the reference in that thread to a previous one on the same subject:

Perhaps those will help. Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Ironically, I received an email today from the Foxit folks with a link to this blog entry:

Foxit Reader is one of my two favorite non-Adobe, free PDF reader/viewer (and, to some extent, editor) packages. It is an excellent product! Their non-free software, which includes the PDF Toolkit that contains the PDF Optimizer (discussed in the blog), is reasonably priced. I haven't tried it, but based on the quality of Foxit Reader, I think it's worth putting on your short list.

My other favorite non-Adobe, free PDF reader/viewer (and somewhat editor) is Tracker Software's PDF-XChange Editor:

The Free version is an excellent product, but you'll need the Pro (non-free) version to get this feature:
Reduce PDF file size by Image compression/downsampling & embed/unembed Font, PDF Optimization
As with Foxit, I haven't tried the Pro version of PDF-XChange Editor, but based on the quality of the Free version, I think it's also worth putting on your short list — and it is also reasonably priced. Regards, Joe

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Nadir ALTINBASElec.&Elctro.Engr.Commented:
jlspencerAuthor Commented:
Files must remain in the original file extension and not put into a zipped type extension. Once .pdf files are compressed they're scanned into our imaging software.
jlspencerAuthor Commented:
Not printed and scanned, bad choice of words. They are imported into accounting software.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Have you tried either Foxit or PDF-XChange, as mentioned in my previous post http:#a41183406

http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor  (you'll need the Pro version)
jlspencerAuthor Commented:
Both products were only sold over seas and provided no phone support...same  deal as Advanced PDF Compressor....been down that road and lost a large sum of money.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> only sold over seas

Where are you located?
jlspencerAuthor Commented:
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Foxit Software is headquartered in Fremont, CA and, of course, sells in the USA. Its website says, "Foxit has over 325 million users and has sold to over 100,000 customers located in more than 200 countries." I believe it.

Tracker Software is headquartered in Canada, but sells all over the world and even has offices in the USA, as well as the UK and Ukraine. Because of these office locations, email support is excellent, with nearly round-the-clock coverage.

Your USA location should not be a problem with these two companies. Regards, Joe
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
The asker does not want Acrobat (due to cost) or Bandizip (because files must remain in the original file extension, not put into a .ZIP file type). But Foxit and PDF-XChange both satisfy the criteria.
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