Back in April, after my jcolas filters failed in macOS Mojave, I was unable to compress PDFs and retain image quality. I tried tweaking the ColorSync Utility to do this, but despite my efforts, no joy this time. Then I brushed away the nonsense written about Preview’s PDF reduction capabilities, and finally found the free http://wecompress.com site.
A quick drag and drop and I was presented with a 90% reduction of my 121MB PDF. And just as importantly, the compressed document retained good image quality. Just what I needed as I had to send the file to a bunch of people.
I did explore a couple of other apps, and Lightweight PDF, which is free, was note bad, achieving nearly 50% reduction of the same file.
Since I regularly compress and distribute PDFs of image-intense presentations to a hundred or so students (and usually in the middle of the night), I forked out the $45 fee for NXPowerLite Desktop 8 – that’s per user, not computer. And I’ve been happy ever since – drag and drop, and click “Optimise” – and a lot of pain to receiving students is prevented.
NXPowerLite app works on both macOS or Windows.
This past week, we have been hosting the 5th international Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management meeting (MMM5) which saw researchers, practitioners and NGOs from across the world engage in extensive discussions and visit field sites in Singapore and Johor. As a result, we are able to organise a Public Talk and Forum about mangroves, which we all love and try to protect, at National Library this Saturday.
Prof Joe Lee is an excellent speaker who draws clinically on global mangrove research. His conference Keynote was already very clear!
His lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with several mangrove scientists so this is the place to ask any question about mangroves and their management.
Join us on Saturday 6th July 2019: 11.00am – 1230 at National Library (Victoria Street).
Admission is free, and all are welcome so let your friends know.
Just register to let organisers know, at https://tiny.cc/mangrove_public_forum
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Dr Ravi Chellam is in town and we are pleased to have welcomed him to share with us the conservation challenges of the famous Gir Lions of India. The lunch time talk and discussion will be held on Thu 16 May 2019 at NUS. All are welcome – just turn up!
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The venue is at the S1A Seminar Room, next to LT32 at Science Drive 4.
Two public talks brought to you by the Singapore Wildcat Action Group
@ the Singapore Sustainability Academy, #6-10 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, S208359
The Singapore Wildcats Action Group (Vilma D’Rozario et al) were inspired by the MyCat walks in Malaysia and have organised to take action. This includes series of public lectures beginning with these by Dr. Lingyun Xiao on snow leopards in China and Dr Ravi Chellam on Asiatic lions in India. Registration is required at the peatix links below.
Sunday 12 May 2019: 1.00pm – Wildcat Lecture #1: Tracking the Elusive Snow Leopard in China by Dr. Lingyun Xiao (Beijing University)
On Sunday, 12th May, Dr. Lingyun Xiao from the Life Science Centre of Beijing University will share her research on the status of China’s snow leopards. Dr. Xiao is also the Scientific Consultant to Shan Shui Conservation Centre, an organization that promotes snow leopard eco-tourism in The Valley of the Cats. Through her presentation, we hope to raise awareness of the plight that snow leopards face and learn how average citizens can play a role in conserving this iconic wildcat. Of special note is her work with the local community that helps to monitor the status of snow leopards that live in wild habitats around them. For more information and to register for this free lecture, please visit https://wildcatsoftheworld1.peatix.com/.
Fri 17 May 2019: 7.00pm – Wildcat Lecture #2: For the Love of Asiatic Lions — 30 Years of Experience in India by Dr Ravi Chellam
On Friday, 17th May, Dr. Ravi Chellam, CEO of the Metastring Foundation, will present his research on the Asiatic lion. Dr. Chellam brings with him 30 years of experience studying and conserving the wild lions of Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in India. In this richly illustrated talk, Dr. Chellam will trace the conservation history of lions; describe their current status and priority conservation actions needed; explain the Asiatic lion’s ecology; and refer to his personal experiences since 1985 in what has been a fantastic but often frustrating journey. For more information and to register for this free lecture, please visit https://wildcatsoftheworld2.peatix.com/.
Thanks to Vilma for the notification.
“ASAP is an inter-institutional Partnership convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), which focuses attention on a region that, without more serious conservation intervention, will see the demise of much of its unique diversity. ASAP was established to address the extinction risk among the most threatened land and freshwater vertebrates of Southeast Asia.
We are seeking a self-driven and motivated individual to support the ASAP Partnership. The successful candidate will be passionate about and committed to conservation, flexible and with personal drive and initiative. They will be expected to have knowledge and understanding of conservation issues in Southeast Asia, and enthusiasm for conserving species, building capacity, and engaging with diverse stakeholders across the global conservation community. They will need excellent communication and relationship skills.”
For more details, visit the ASAP webpage.
Empower: Attend the BFF Seminar & Workshop on Sat 23 Feb 2019 [sign up here: link]
Equip: Attend five curated field trips offered by mentors, log your experience in a field journal and attend a reflection session.
Engage: Attend a Festival of Biodiversity (FoB) 2019 preparation workshop (in May) and engage the public at FoB on 25 & 26 May 2019.
Enable: Conduct Acts of Nature to contribute towards Singapore as a more enlightened space for Human-Wildlife Coexistence.
From the Biodiversity Friends Forum team.