PDF Compressor

The Industry’s Best OCR and PDF Conversion Automation Software

PDF Compressor

Automated, high-volume OCR and PDF conversion for paper to digital workflows, and highly efficient “born-digital” processing.

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Cut download time in half and reduce storage costs by 50% with industry-leading document compression technology.

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Support faster business processes, greater customer satisfaction, and lower exception handling costs with expansive input file type support.

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What is Foxit PDF Compressor?

Foxit’s PDF Compressor software provides businesses with fast, high-accuracy OCR equipped with the industry’s best document-to-PDF conversion automation capabilities. The software converts paper, scanned images, and born-digital content such as emails and Microsoft Office documents to text-searchable, compressed, fully optimized PDF and PDF/A files.

Unlike competitive solutions, Foxit’s PDF Compressor is designed efficiency-first, with more features focused on automation, reducing unnecessary processing, and accelerating high-volume document conversion than any other product. These additional features support faster business processes, facilitating improved customer satisfaction and enabling new revenue generation while lowering manual processing costs.

PDF Compressor is ideal for organizations who need to convert thousands or millions of documents per year for archiving, compliance, accessibility, and for optimizing customer experience and core business process efficiency. The solution is flexible enough to work well on backlogs of documents sitting in a repository (or that old warehouse, yikes!) as well as digital transformation of documents coming from your ongoing business processes.

OCR and Document Conversion Use Cases

PDF Compressor Software Features

Touchless, Automated Document-to-PDF Conversion

Foxit’s PDF Compressor lowers processing costs by replacing manual processes with touchless document-to-PDF conversion. The software is designed with more features built around simple, automated document processing than any other solution, including:

  • Intuitive job ticketing
  • Watch folders
  • API
  • Command-line interface
  • Remote management as an unattended Windows service

Inside the interface, users can manage conversion processes all from one screen and prioritize different workflows quickly and easily. By focusing on efficiency and ease of use, PDF Compressor is designed to minimize manual involvement in document conversion, freeing up employees to dedicate time to higher value-added tasks. This streamlines process costs and promotes a healthy bottom line within your department and for your organization.

Convert Scanned Documents to Optimized PDF

Convert scanned documents in image formats such as TIFF, JPEG, and PNG into optimized PDF files. By creating documents that are highly compressed, searchable, and more accessible, your organization can create faster, more efficient document processes.

For example, Foxit’s industry-leading document compression cuts download time in half for bloated image documents. This facilitates faster communication with customers and helps to improve satisfaction. In addition, compressed documents are easier to work with for remote workers accessing them on mobile devices or pulling documents from the cloud.

Paper to Digital input types supported (including common variations):

  • TIFF to PDF
  • JPEG to PDF
  • JPEG 2000 to PDF
  • PNG to PDF
  • PDF to searchable PDF
  • GIF to PDF
  • BMP to PDF
  • PNM to PDF

Faster and More Accurate Born-Digital Conversion

Convert digitally born documents, such as email and Microsoft Office, to PDF faster and more accurately with born-digital auto-detection. PDF Compressor will uniquely detect pre-existing text layers in born-digital documents and bypass the OCR phase, improving system performance, reducing unnecessary exception handling, and avoiding exposure to re-recognition errors that other solutions subject your workflows to.

Unattended auto-processing of born-digital assets means that electronic documents do not need to be separated from image documents in your workflows. Without coding, professional services engagements, or additional resources, Foxit’s PDF Compressor automatically detects and treats born-digital documents more efficiently.

Born-Digital to PDF input types supported (including common variations):

  • Microsoft Word to PDF
  • MS Excel to PDF
  • MS PowerPoint to PDF
  • MS Project to PDF
  • MS Visio to PDF
  • Email to PDF
  • Zip to PDF
  • HTML to PDF
  • OpenOffice to PDF
  • Text (.txt) to PDF

Reduce Storage Costs by 50% with Leading Document Compression

The software boasts unparalleled, industry-leading document compression that efficiently and correctly compresses paper and scanned image documents. PDF Compressor reduces black & white image document file size by up to 10x. For color image documents, our leading MRC compression can minimize file size by as much as 100:1.

Organizations with large document repositories can use our state-of-the-art document compression technology to reduce on-premise and cloud storage costs by up to 50%. For organizations with a larger proportion of scanned documents and image files, this number can be even greater. Document compression is effective for reducing server load and managing paid storage space in third-party applications such as in email archiving and for document storage in a CRM like Salesforce.

Generate New Revenue with Faster Document Processes

PDF Compressor converts paper and electronic documents to optimized PDF. The software reduces manual exception handling time in capture processes with an expansive list of supported input file types, including CAD drawings and special types of PDF such as XFA PDF forms and hybrid PDFs. The ability to ingest more documents successfully helps push more documents through your processes quickly. This positions your organization to respond to market opportunities more rapidly and improve customer satisfaction by providing faster response times.

For example, the financial institution that can approve a loan the fastest has a higher chance of winning the business. By being able to push more documents through its automated workflows without kicking out exceptions or corrupting important data, the bank can approve the loan and respond to the customer more quickly, beating competitors to the punch in the process. As a bonus, less exception handling means lower process costs and less manual involvement, creating further efficiency in your operations.

Create Accessible, Tagged PDFs from Unstructured Documents Automatically

Create more accessible documents with advanced PDF auto-tagging. PDF Compressor can automatically create tagged PDF files from unstructured, scanned documents in addition to structured, electronic records.

Scanned documents are particularly difficult to tag for accessibility. Foxit PDF Compressor’s auto-tagging feature can help government agencies spend less time manually tagging documents to create more accessible materials.

Document Archiving with Comprehensive PDF/A Support

Convert paper, scanned images, and electronic documents to the ISO-compliant general archiving standard PDF/A-2u format or specialized subtypes such as:

  • PDF/A-1a
  • PDF/A-1b
  • PDF/A-2a
  • PDF/A-2b
  • PDF/A-2u
  • PDF/A-3a
  • PDF/A-3b
  • PDF/A-3u

Preserve documents in a stable, secure digital format for years to come. Designed specifically for long-term digital preservation, PDF/A conversion with Foxit PDF Compressor helps organizations achieve compliance with industry regulations and audit requirements by ensuring documents can be accessed in their original format after years of storage. In addition, with automated OCR, archived documents are rapidly converted into searchable format, replacing manual information-seeking with simple, instant keyword search on an indexable repository.

Batch Conversion and Multi-Threading for High-Volume Processing

With batch OCR and conversion, users can queue processing for numerous documents at one time, a much more effective high-volume alternative to basic PDF editors and free online tools which typically only support one-at-a-time conversion. Further, when enabled multi-threading allows users to process documents simultaneously (i.e. two cores process two documents at once, 32 cores process 32 documents at once) for highly scalable and stable document conversion workflows, up to billions of pages per year.

World-Class Customer Support and In-House PDF Expertise

When your organization chooses Foxit PDF Compressor, you get a highly responsive, multi-continent support team with a reputation for providing a brilliant customer experience (see our TrustPilot review ratings below). Even further, with an in-house team of experts in PDF technology to rely on at Foxit, your IT unit won’t have to worry about ineffective communication with third-parties and middlemen.

In addition, with agile product development cycles, Foxit clients enjoy numerous updates per year to ensure their document conversion capabilities remain at the cutting edge of innovation. Your success is our focus.

Depth of PDF Processing Feature Set

  • Blazing performance with optimized Foxit core technology
  • Support for 118 languages including Chinese OCR, Japanese OCR, Korean, and Arabic
  • PDF linearization (Fast web view)
  • PDF Security, permissions, and encryption support
  • Advanced image pre-processing
  • Highly configurable header and footer options (such as Bates stamping)
  • Supported FTP input and output
  • Merge/split PDF and blank page detection
  • Zonal OCR
  • Barcode recognition
  • Job wizard for ease of use and greater user adoption

Client Success with PDF Compressor

Flexible Licensing Models for the PDF Compressor

With several different licensing models – including project-based, annual, unlimited, and more – the PDF Compressor is flexible enough to meet any project's demands. Our licensing models can be combined together in different ways to meet your needs.

Volume Pack

Annual Volume



One-time processing for a fixed number of pages

Page counts from 15,000 pages to several million

Use all CPU cores on a workstation for fastest possible processing times

Recurring number of pages per year

Use all CPU cores on a workstation for fastest possible processing times

Unlimited time and volume-based license

Use the total number of licensed CPU cores

Flexible License Models that align with our partner’s Go-To-Market Strategy

Ideal for:

Project-based document processing

Migration projects

Converting old paper archives

Finishing off production backlogs

Ideal for:

Day-to-day document conversion processes

Ongoing small and medium-sized projects

Invoice processing

Ongoing document compression projects

Ideal for:

Companies and organizations looking to invest just once in their document conversion workflow in order to reduce costs significantly.

Ideal for:

Document Processing Service Providers

Software as a Services Providers

Independent Software and Hardware Vendors

Channel and Distribution Partners


No time limit on license. Rechargeable at any time, compatible with latest software version. Available on the Windows platform only.


If a company comes close to exceeding its annual page quota, they can combine the Annual Volume model with an additional Volume Pack model in reserve. Available on the Windows platform only.


By licensing additional CPU cores, the PDF Compressor can process millions of pages every month. Available on the Windows and Linux platform.


Foxit is interested in strategic long term partnerships that are focused on partner success!

System Requirements

Windows system requirements

Windows® 64-bit: Windows 10 or Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2016 / 2019

CPU Speed: 2 GHz or more

RAM: 1 GB minimum, 2 GB per processor core (recommended) more than 2 GB for conversion of very large documents on 64 bit systems

HDD: 1 GB available storage space

Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.6.2

Microsoft Office for the Born Digital feature

Linux system requirements

Linux 64 Bit system with glibc 2.12 or higher, libstdc++.so.6 and libgcc_s.so.1

Tested on CentOS 6.5 and 6.9 as well as on Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04

CPU: Intel / AMD or compatible x64 processors

CPU Speed: Minimum 1 GHz, 2 GHz or more recommended

RAM: Minimum 1 GB, 2 GB per pdf_comp process recommended, more than 2 GB for conversion of very large documents

Disk space required for installation: 300 MB