From WORD 2003 to Adobe PDF (Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Standard ver)?

Subject: From WORD 2003 to Adobe PDF (Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Standard ver)?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2005 13:35:53 -0500


Peggy Lucero wonders: <<I have a large, System Design document (537 pgs and still being worked). I need to be delivering to the client electronic PDFs and, in WORD '03, 5 color hardcopies. I just tried doing this and seemed to put the WORD document into cardiac arrest. Actually, I got this processing gas gauge and it sat there for sometime, so I cancelled.>>

That's a honking big document, so you can expect it to take quite a while to distill. I'm not currently using a PC or Word 2003, so I can't say how long, but I wouldn't be surprised if this took more than an hour (given the color, plus you said lots of tables and graphics).

If memory serves, you can pop up the Windows task manager and select a process to see what that process is doing; if there are signs that the PDF is continuing to distill, however slowly, you just have to be patient. If you see something like "process not responding" or "out of memory" or anything else discouraging, or if the PDF generation process has actually crashed outright, the standard trick is to divide and conquer: Print it in 10-, 50-, or 100-page increments (whichever works = doesn't crash) until you identify the part that is causing the problem.

Sometimes there is no actual problem other than the fact that the document is too huge to process in the amount of memory you have available.

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