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    Compressing pictures in Powerpoint, Word etc

    Roll up, roll up! I've got a challenge.

    You can optionally choose to compress pictures when saving in Office 2003 apps. This is automated in Office 2007. From what I can see, it is not possible to enable compression by default through group policy, or registry hacking. (If anybody knows different, please tell me!).

    So, I had another idea - write a macro or find a program which can go through a directory of files, open each, and save them back with compression enabled.

    But... I'm wondering if anybody has tried anything similar, basically, before I dive in.

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    If you manage it I would be very interested!

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    I was just about to ask the very same question!

    As cameras have got better and jpeg sizes have incresased i normally reduce the picture quality on new cameras to help prevent this.

    I also compress all pictures i find on the server.

    However i have found a couple of folders that contain over 100 word docs each, that are all at least 40 Mb in size.

    I really nee to find a way to fix this without having to resort to, (for me or the teacher concerned), opening and compressing eacha nd every one of these word files.

    Has any one any tool for this.

    i found this Overview - Batch Word Shrink Compactor - Word Doc Compact, Word Doc Compress Shrinker. - Batchwork Software

    but it does not seem to do the images inside, just the doc format.

    BoX

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    thanks for the suggestions,

    but none of the above really fit the bill, unless i have missed something!

    I know that convertng them to docx would give the feature of having compression preset. But there does not seem to be part of the conversion that does the compression.

    I would still need to reopen all of them to compress.

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    Another vote for this... a marketable tool if someone can come up with a way fo doing it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by box_l View Post
    Let us know how you get on. I'll be using this if it works.

    I've promoted myself to my school's bar-steward of the year today.

    Last week I (under instruction from the SMT) implemented even more draconian print management measures. Today I announced that staff have until next Tuesday to remove their photos to shared storage or I will delete them without backing up first. (They don't know I have Volume Shadow Copy or understand the normal school backups) I'm really quite enjoying myself!

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    Just tried the desktop version on strong compression.

    see attached for info.

    server version seems a bit costly though! £ 1,199.00 !!!????

    Better to copy to a workstation or mapped drive and use the desktop edition £ 24.95

    docs are visually 50% pics, 50% text and still look good.

    Hope this helps

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