PDF questions -- file too large for web viewing

Subject: PDF questions -- file too large for web viewing
From: "Jessica N. Lange" <jlange -at- OEE -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 21 May 1999 10:20:49 -0400

I have a short manual I want to make available to internal personnel, in PDF
format, from our internet.

So I took the 8 chapters, converted them to PDF, then merged them into a
single pdf document, and made the bookmarks for the TOC. I created a link on
a web page.

Well, the file is too large (nearly 4meg). It doesn't appear in the web
browser on either of the computers I tried. (No error message: just nothing
appears. Then when you close the browser, the Reader item on the task bar
doesn't close. When you then right-click to exit the Reader item, an error
message for acro.exe (I think) appears.)

Notes: when downloaded to a machine, the pdf file opens in Reader just fine.
The problem appears to be downloading over the intranet. No, I can't use
byte-serving (server doesn't support it). Also, I've done this same thing
for other, much shorter (6 pages max) documents, and *that* works just fine.

Questions:

I could split the large file into smaller files (by chapter), but how do I
have one TOC for all files that remains visible no matter which chapter
you're in? Can that even be done?

I could give the user the option of downloading the pdf file to their local
hard drive--rather than opening in browser. But I don't know how to do that
with an <a href> tag. FTP is not an option. Does anyone know how to do http
downloads?

Oh, Acrobat Exchange 3.0, if it matters

thanks in advance for any advice
Jessica

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Jessica N. Lange mailto:jlange -at- oee -dot- com
Technical Communicator, Ohio Electronic Engravers, Inc.


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