Using Stata, I produced a scatter plot of some variables. I saved the image as an EPS file. There are around a 1000 dots in the scatter plot - and this makes the EPS file to be 26MB. I need to use this image in my LaTeX file (I use TeXnicCenter and compile as
LaTeX => PS => PDF). The problem is that it produces a PDF file that takes a long time to load the page displaying the image. I don't need this image to be super sharp - there is no real point in zooming it in too much. Furthermore, the PDF I get is quite heavy for a 16 pages document. Is there anything I could do to improve the loading time of the page with the drawing, and decreasing the size of the PDF file? For example,
Would it be an improvement if I convert the image to JPEG, PNG, or BMP? Would it decrease the image size?
Is there a way to tell LaTeX to keep using the EPS image, but decrease the quality of the image?