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Q: PDF Files ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: PDF Files
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: skip9801-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 16 Nov 2003 04:40 PST
Expires: 16 Dec 2003 04:40 PST
Question ID: 276371
My question concerns the appropriate size of PDF files.

I've got a few pdf files on a web site I'm developing.  Usually I
receive a small 2-page newsletter from someone in microsoft works or
ms-word format.  It has no graphics - just a header and some
underlined headings.

I convert it to pdf using adobe acrobat and the page sizes are usually
about 75,000 bytes per page, so i end up wiht about a 150,000 byte
file, which can take 30 seconds to download on a dialup connection.

Am looking for suggestions on how to make the pdf files a little smaller.


Request for Question Clarification by hummer-ga on 16 Nov 2003 05:49 PST
Hi skip,

Do you choose PDF Normal (rather than Image or Image + Hidden Text)?
Normal produces the smallest file size.

Also, do you have "Embed All Fonts" & "Subset.." (under PDF Settings)
selected? If not, select them.

Either of those help?
Subject: Re: PDF Files
Answered By: wengland-ga on 18 Nov 2003 08:48 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

There are several steps you can take to shrink the size of your PDF files.

First, follow the tutiorial from Adobe at:

There are also a plethora of good tips on the Tek-Tips forum at:

including setting the resolution to 72 dpi for on-screen viewing.

Additionally, if you use common fonts (Times, Arial, Courier, etc),
you will save the space for embedding custom fonts.  This tip, and 9
others are found at a customer support site for PocketPC software by

I doubt you are going to see a large reduction in file size; 75K per
page is fairly good for a PDF file.  However, by following the above
tips, you may be able to shrink your documents some.

Good luck!

Search Strategy:

shrink OR reduce pdf file size
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