Re: Printing tables very slow in PDFs

Subject: Re: Printing tables very slow in PDFs
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 22:40:21 -0500


Microsoft Office applications have a perverse way of generating
PostScript output. The lines in your tables, instead of being single
objects with a starting point, ending point, and stroke width, are each
composed of hundreds of short segments. Any graphics, including shaded
cells, text boxes, etc., are turned into bitmap (raster) images, which
are also huge and time-consuming. If you want to speed up the printing,
design your tables with a more economical use of rules. See Chicago
Manual of Style for good table design practices.

(PageMaker generates very clean PostScript, naturally, being an Adobe


Salan Pazurik wrote:
> Some pages in my PDFs take 2 to 3 minutes per page to print on an office
> laser printer.
> I created them using the Create PDF command in Word.
> The problem seems to mostly be the full-page tables.
> Yet other PDFs created from within PageMaker seem to print quickly --
> despite having more graphics.
> Can anyone help me with this?

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