PDF file size - any tips on shrinking

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PDF file size - any tips on shrinking

Postby SarahW on Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:24 am

Hi,

Generating direct to PDF. My only concern is the file size is much larger than it used to be when generating direct to PDF from FrameMaker (before we switched to Flare). I've searched the forums, poked through the help, and fiddled around with some post-processing steps on my own but can't seem to come up with the magic combination. Any hints/tips/tricks to share?

Thanks,

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Re: PDF file size - any tips on shrinking

Postby Andrew on Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:29 am

In my experience, image processing (and font embedding, if the PDF is small enough) is the biggest PDF bloat factor. However, I don't know of any way to change the way Flare processes images for PDF.
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Re: PDF file size - any tips on shrinking

Postby doc_guy on Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:54 am

Sarah, You might not like this solution, but I open my files in Acrobat (not Adobe Reader). Acrobat 7 has an option to reduce file size (its in the File menu). I can get a 10MB Flare output file down to around 1MB using this one option.

I'm only doing it for the files that I'm actually releasing, since it is a post-processing step and it doesn't really bother me, but I want to provide a smaller file for our clients.
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Re: PDF file size - any tips on shrinking

Postby doc_guy on Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:14 am

FYI, in response to this thread, I created a post in my "Tips and Tricks" section of my website addressing how to do this in Acrobat. If you are interested, the link is here:

http://docguytraining.com/2008/10/reduc ... file-size/
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Re: PDF file size - any tips on shrinking

Postby Andrew on Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:16 am

I never thought of that -- great tip Paul!
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Re: PDF file size - any tips on shrinking

Postby doc_guy on Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:39 pm

Glad it helped!
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Re: PDF file size - any tips on shrinking

Postby DocuWil on Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:32 am

I do agree with this tip too, but ..... be aware that the quality of images reduce. Certain type of images will be worse than other types. My advice is to use PNG type images as much as possible.
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