PDF file size variations

Subject: PDF file size variations
From: Geoff Hart <geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 08:47:42 +0000

Mark Bicking reports <<When building our PDF files, we have
encountered a problem on one PC that causes the files to be
approximately 3 times larger than on another PC. The machines are
identical, yet one produces a 2.5 meg file, while the other produces
a file that is filled with display errors and is nearly 10 megs!>>

Remember that old cliche about no two snowflakes being identical? My
friend, Bill Blinn, puts this quite nicely: "Working with a PC is
like trying to build a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, in which 500 of the
pieces come from other puzzles." Bill knows whereat he speaks.

In the unlikely event that your two PCs are physically identical,
the problem is likely that you don't have the same fonts or printer
drivers on both computers, or (more likely still) that the
compression and other option settings differ between the two Acrobat
installations. You wouldn't believe how easy it is to set up a series
of "identical" PCs and simply forget to make one group of settings
the same. Have a look there and get back to us if the problem
persists.
--Geoff Hart @8^{)}
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca




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