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Subject:Re: PDFs--how big can you go? From:Max Wyss <prodok -at- PRODOK -dot- CH> Date:Tue, 7 Oct 1997 22:52:48 GMT
there is absolutely no rule of thumb of a connection between the size of
the PS and the size of the PDF file. A lot depends on the kind of document
(amount of graphics, fields, etc.). I once had a 200 MB PS file, 600 pages,
which distilled into a 6 MB PDF (or so); optimized..On the other hand, I am
right now handling hundreds of 3 page PDFs with 80 kB each.
There are several parameters in Distiller which have a big effect on the
resulting file size. There is a difference whether you optimize the file,
whether and how you compress graphics and text, etc.
Properly created PDFs do not take a long time to load; no matter how big
they are. The loading time depends more on how complex your document is.
Hope, this can help.
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>Does anyone know how large of a postscript file you can distill into a
>PDF? (We're talking *large* as in 50 MB.) Does anyone know of a sort of
>formula you could use to figure out how much memory the resulting PDF
>file will be? For example, a 5 MB postscript will turn into a X MB PDF.
>P.S. I am fully aware that large PDFs take a long time to load, are
>unwieldy, blah blah. I still wanna know how big you can go.
>hillary -at- nichimen -dot- com
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