Re: Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Full Version - Quick Question

Subject: Re: Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Full Version - Quick Question
From: "Mike O." <obie1121 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 10:45:29 -0800 (PST)

Anthony wrote:
> Are there any specific things to watch out for or
> settings to make to ensure the most size efficient
> and fully tabbed/linked PDF files when using this
> 30-day trial version?

Wow, I'm finally learning about PDFs! Here's whet I learned today. Of
course, I'll gladly defer to the experienced PDF gurus if I am wrong
here. I don't have a copy of Acrobat, but here is what any PDF writer
deals with:

- "Tabs" are a feature of the Acrobat Reader, as far as I know. When
you include "bookmarks" in your PDF file, they appear in the Reader's
Bookmarks tab. Usually bookmarks are your document headings, but you
can map them to other parts of your document too. Having lots of
bookmarks can increase the size of your PDF file, but for a small book
it doesn't seem too significant.

- Links (hyperlinks in your text) are another issue. Having lots of
links can also increase the size of your PDF file, but I haven't
experimented with that.

- The biggest thing affecting the size/efficiency of the PDF is
graphics. Most PDF writers will let you choose to compress your
graphics either a lot, or a little, depending on whether you want to
optimize for print or online. So when you write the PDF, you have to
decide how to compress your graphics. Based on your stated requirement
for links and bookmarks, it sounds like you want to optimize for
online... are your bosses aware of the tradeoffs? Try it both ways,
maybe it won't matter for small documents.

Like I said in a previous post, I had good results with GhostView for
creating fully linked PDFs from Word documents. It's open source, so it
never expires, you don't need student ID, and it keeps the lawyers
away, too.

Mike O.

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