RE: Acrobat Catalog - Files and Filenames

Subject: RE: Acrobat Catalog - Files and Filenames
From: Andy McAleer <andy -dot- mcaleer -at- eu -dot- citrix -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 15:10:28 +0100

Actually, thinking about it, it's not so much the support files' size as
their number that is a concern. There is some reluctance to include a host
of new files into the CD build. But if they are all required, then this
might not be such a concern.

I don't specify any rules other than which folder to use, and I accept the
other default options. Oh, and I tried turning on the "Optimize for CD" (?)
option, but this still generated all the support files.

Ah, so the filenaming guidelines apply only to the PDX file. Phew. (Good
advice about "clean" names for PDFs, though.)

Thanks, Goober.

-----Original Message-----
From: Goober Writer [mailto:gooberwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: 10 July 2003 14:25
To: Andy McAleer; TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Acrobat Catalog - Files and Filenames

Responses below...

> 1. Can anyone confirm this point about how Catalog
> works? I've built my
> index definition (PDX) file and Catalog's generated
> its myriad "support"
> folders (assists, morgue, etc.). Am I right in
> thinking that, when building
> a CD containing my collection of searchable PDFs,
> the build process must
> copy all the support files on to the CD (not just
> the PDX file or a subset
> of the support files)? These extra support files are
> fairly large and I want
> to simplify the build process as far as possible.
> Does anyone have any
> advice on this?

I believe you need the support folders, but mine have
never been "fairly large"... and I've created Catalogs
for as much as 12,000 PDF pages of documentation. What
do you classify as "fairly large" and what rules do
you specify in creating the Catalog? Do you use a stop
word list?

> 2. Filenames - the Acrobat Help suggests using both
> MS-DOS and ISO 9660
> filenames. Any advice on using these conventions for
> creating trouble-free
> PDF collections on CD? Do I have to rename all of my
> PDFs using only 8
> characters? :-(
> And do I really have to use uppercase filenames?
> :-((

That's for the catalog filename only. Your PDFs can be
named whatever you'd like, though I always suggest
against using spaces or special characters in

Goober Writer
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