I have a customer that has a 2 page Illustrator CS4 file. There are 2 pages, only about 8.4 x 9 in. each. The embedded pics are 300 dpi each, sized as seen, they are only around 1M in size each average, yet the .ai file is 250M in size!!! Saving as a PDF only takes it down to 210M.

What could be making it so big? The background being done at too high of a resolution?

The fonts are not paths.

I reduced the pdf with ColorSync Utility then made jpgs to be able to post here. Any ideas graphics gurus?

Thx