RE: Diagnosing PDFs (was: Editing PDFs)

Subject: RE: Diagnosing PDFs (was: Editing PDFs)
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: Lee Fisher <blibbet -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:23:16 -0700

Lee Fisher wrote:

> I have one large PDF that crashes in some PDF viewers. I don't have
> access to the source that generates the PDF.

I can't help with free or open source tools, since I rely on Adobe Acrobat Professional for all PDF-related functions. Frankly, I suspect that there's a better than even chance that using a non-Adobe tool to create the PDF is the source of the problem.

The first thing I'd try in this situation is "re-PDFing" the problematic PDF. In Acrobat, I'd try all the relevant Save As options (PDF, Reduced Size PDF, Optimized PDF).

If you don't have Acrobat, try printing the PDF to whatever PDF creation tool you have installed as a printer (CutePDF, ghostscript, etc.).

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom

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