Re: Is my Acrobat up to speed?

Subject: Re: Is my Acrobat up to speed?
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:14:12 -0600

Your build time for the PDF is quite slow. I agree with Gene that your best approach would be to increase the memory in the computer. I'm using a similar setup but with a slower processor and more memory. I get much better performance from Acrobat. Having said that, there are a couple of other things you can do to speed up the system:

Use the Windows System Configuration Utility (Start>>Run>>msconfig) and look at each entry on the Startup tab. Many software packages install executables that run automatically when you start your system but that aren't really necessary. Having a bunch of programs run automatically when you start your system can put a big burden on your system and hamper performance. Google the file name for each entry in the list and you should find advice as to whether you actually need to have that program start automatically when you start your system.

Review Acrobat's conversion settings for images... if the conversion settings specify compression for all your images, it's going to take much longer to build your PDF.

One thing I've noted is that if you use Microsoft Security Essentials anti-malware software, it puts a massive drag on your system when you first start it up. It seems to assert control over the vast majority of the processor power until it's gone through it's initialization and update processes. Once it's done with that, everything's fine.

Mike Starr WriteStarr Information Services
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On 3/10/2011 5:26 AM, David Harrison (PMS) wrote:

Hi All

I'm being asked to justify my request for computer/software upgrade so I am hoping my colleagues out there can give me an idea about whether my creation of pdf files is tardy.

I'm running Win XP (SP3) on a 3.4Ghz machine with 1 Mb RAM. Applications are MS Word 2003 and Acrobat 8. All 32-bit of course

My document is 123 pages and it has 264 linked .png images all with an average size of 70-80 Kb.
Acrobat is set Basic standard with no bookmarks or links, no Word cross-ref features and no heading bookmarks.

And this takes 7min 32 sec from clicking [Start] to seeing new opened pdf file.

Now, is my system slow? Or do others see same performance with similar parameters? And can anyone with later setup (64-bit, Win 7, MS Word 2010, Acrobat X etc) give me an idea of how fast I could expect to raise this too.
Meanwhile I have another 5 similar docs to put to pdf so that'll keep me happy till lnch time at least.

Thanks in advance

David (the plodder)

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