Re: lookin' for a PDF alternative

Subject: Re: lookin' for a PDF alternative
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 10:48:54 -0500

I use PDFs along with online help. The PDF graphics, of course, display poorly, but in my latest batch of user guides, they also print poorly. I am not doing anything different to capture and process them. The source docs for the PDFs are Word files. So, I have two questions:

1. How much impact does the source have on the finished product? Obviously, if the source is poor the screen shot will be poor. But poor quality is not the issue here. Can the GUI's design, color choice, etc. affect a screen shot?


Your distill settings will affect your PDF. If you have your graphics set in Acrobat to be downsampled and compressed using JPEG compression, your display images are going to be very poor.

I recommend changing your settings so that graphic images are NOT downsampled, and use the Zip compression method, which is not a lossy compression.

Scott

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