Re: Re[4]: Fuzzy images - Vent

Subject: Re: Re[4]: Fuzzy images - Vent
From: Iggy Iggy <iggy_1996dp -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 17:36:35 -0700 (PDT)

> I deliberately put "average" in irony quotes.

Funny, they looked a little brassy to me...

> Mainstream end users have a way of not complaining
> about bad
> usability. Mainstream tech writers
> may be a little
> better about this, but not necessarily. At any rate,
> if something's
> bad I don't care how many people are satisfied with
> it. I wanna fix it.

And you should. I like your thinking. "Screw the rest,
I'm doing it right."

> That said, I should concede that Distiller's default
> settings have
> improved a great deal since version 3.0, the version
> that many of us
> grappled with a couple of years ago. Maybe people
> can get away with
> using Distiller's default settings these days. But
> since we're still
> seeing regular "why's my PDF fuzzy?" posts to the
> list, I suspect the
> defaults aren't working for everyone.

To which defaults are you referring? The generic job
options that ship with the product. I'll admit that
they've worked on graphic compression and embedding,
but the "defaults" don't really do much. (Those aren't
irony quotes, I just felt like emphasising the word
"defaults". See, I did it again.) You still have to
tell distiller what graphic compression to use
(otherwise you'll probably get JPG compression, which
is lossy), what fonts to embed, whether or not to
subset fonts, and to which version PDF you are
optimizing.

I have to throw a thanks to Sean here - your info on
resampling, resizing and zooming was excellent.

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