I'm currently applying to graduate schools. Several of them asked for a transcript upload. Unfortunately, scanned images of my school's lovely and very busy official transcript are 2.8 Mb, whereas the maximum accepted filesize is 2 Mb because the people who made Embark are dicks.
What can I do to reduce the filesize while altering very little of the image?
Sounds like downloading a PDF printer or creator and re-saving the file might do it.
EDIT: Also, these are just scanned images? It could help a lot just by opening them in MSPaint or some editing program and deleting large swaths of white space (or dot-specked space). Here's a random photocopied doc I found online to illustrate:
This gif goes from 49k to 36k. Of course I didn't do a perfectly clean job either.
Also, if you know of anyone with a copy of Adobe Acrobat Professional, there is a "Reduce file size" option in the File pull-down I believe.
PDF Creator also does the trick.
I've got a spare copy of Portal, if anyone wants it message me.