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Acrobat Professional features a PDF Optimizer tool, as reviewed here.

This tool analyzes the space usage within a PDF file in terms of image size, fonts, ...

Are there more lightweight and/or affordable tools that do the same for existing PDF files?

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I'm not aware of any such tools.

You can try to get the information you want with pdftk and build such a tool yourself.

Here is a howto to reduce the PDF file size from the command line.

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  • Neither Ghostscript nor PDFTK are able to analayze space usage for different categories of page objects and resources. An answer like the above would be completely useless even if Ghostscript or PDFTK could indeed do what's required ...unless it also gave a detailed commandline which would achieve what Bernard asked for. – Kurt Pfeifle Jun 18 '11 at 19:16
  • Since there doesn't seem to be any tools for this around, they could be used as stepping stones to build such a tool. – Aaron Digulla Jun 20 '11 at 7:29
  • I've rewritten my answer to make it more obvious that one link goes to a HOWTO which might help. – Aaron Digulla Jun 20 '11 at 7:31

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