Q PDF size

Subject: Q PDF size
From: Damien Braniff <dbraniff -at- iss-dsp -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 14:04:24 +0100

I've used PDFs quite a bit but until recently it's been standard docs,
now we have some glossy marketing material (done externally) and, as
they're for downloading from the web, they're huge. Typically +2MB for
12-16 pages.

They're full colour with:

6-10 graphics in each
Tables - coloured background, body and headings
Colour header - graphic, logo and company name.

Now the first we had done wasn't optimised for PDF when we got it and I
tweaked it and ended up with a file of 350k which was fine.

We're now using a different company to produce the datasheets and the
size has ballooned (these are optimised) and I can see no obvious
difference re content (no. of graphics etc). What I've suggested is
that they:

link graphics instead of imbedding (haven't got the source yet so
I'm not sure how they've been done)
try a different graphics format (originals in Illustrator)

but no luck so far. Any suggestions as to why they might be so big or
is that about right and I was just lucky first time round?

Damien Braniff
Technical Author
Integrated Silicon Systems Ltd. Tel: +44 28 90 50 4000
50 Malone Road Fax: +44 28 90 50
Belfast BT9 5BS Web: www.issdsp.com

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