thanks for the tip on Bullzip, have downloaded it and trying it out. I tried several export settings for PDfs, various compression with Adaptive being the "best" so far. It made a 78 MB file instead of a 512MB file.
Best result so far is to export to EPS, drag that into Acrobat X and save as PDF.... 5MB file. Except it dropped one of my symbols.
Between this and the new "improved" HP Easy Share drivers you have to login to print, map making is becoming more labor intensive than ever.