PDF questions: file size and graphic quality

Subject: PDF questions: file size and graphic quality
From: "Weiner, Kandis" <kweiner -at- POSITRON -dot- QC -dot- CA>
Date: Fri, 21 May 1999 11:25:04 -0400

> <snip>
>
> Jessica Lange said:
>
> 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.)
>
> </snip>
>
> We had this problem as well. Small PDFs downloaded fine; large files
> caused the computer to stall or produced errors.
>
> We used Acrobat Distiller to change the default settings to produce
> reasonably sized files, with improved graphic appearance. Our DTP setup
> includes FrameMaker+SGML and the Acrobat package, which comes with
> Distiller. I do not know if Acrobat Writer with Word provides the same
> control over file size and image quality.
>
> Here's how we did it.
>
> Open Distiller and click Job Options. The following settings we use with
> good success. (I believe a colleague found these suggestions in the Adobe
> magazine.)
>
> Click Compress text and line art.
> In Color Bitmap Images, click Manual Compression and select ZIP (4 bit).
> In Grey Scale Bitmap Images, click Manual Compression and select ZIP (4
> bit).
> In Monochrome Bitmap Images, click Manual Compression and select ZIP.
>
> Hope This Helps!
>
> Kandis Weiner
> Technical Communicator - Product Integration
> Positron Public Safety Systems Inc.
> Montreal, Quebec Canada
> mailto:kandisw -at- positron -dot- qc -dot- ca
> http:\\www.positron911.com
> Standard Disclaimer: My opinions are my own, but my brain is for rent.
> I like techno; check SugarRush, a techno music site:
> http:\\www.sugarrush.com
>


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