Re: Converting large WP docs to PDFs

Subject: Re: Converting large WP docs to PDFs
From: Johanna <chazjo -at- magma -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 17:44:47 -0500

Joyce, I have combined the individual chapters of a
documents in Word, saved
them each individually to a .prn output file, and then
combined the .prn files
into a single pdf file of 300-350 pages.

Adobe Distiller comes with a script that you can use
to combine multiple files
into a single pdf and I believe that version 4.0 skips
the script and does it
from within Distiller. Check Distiller's online user
help, the instructions on
doing this are well laid out.


> (I posted this query to Acrobat Talk earlier in the week and received
> limited responses. Perhaps some Whirlers will have additional info to
> share...)
> I have several large manuals to convert from WP into PDFs. The manuals
> consist of 10-18 "chapters" (separate WP files) and run from 300-450 pages
> in length (total).
> Is it reasonable to create a master document (combining all the chapters)
> and then convert the manual into a single PDF? Would it be better instead to
> create an individual PDF for each chapter? Or is there a better option, such
> as combining two or three chapters into a PDF, and then linking the
> "chunks"?
> Maybe the real question is this: what is the maximum size (number of pages)
> of a *usable* PDF? Are there file size guidelines? (I have been told that PC
> resources can limit how well a large PDF functions. Does anyone on the list
> have a guideline for maximum number of pages in a working document?)


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