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From:  Bill Reese
Date:  Tue Apr 25, 2000  2:35 am
Subject:  Re: Publishing DanceWriting documents in PDF ;-)

Some people also break it PDF books up into chapters.

You can also play with the resolution and size of the graphics to reduce their
size. I do a monthy newsletter and it's 10 pages long and full of graphics.
I essentially gave up on PDF when my files became 4 megs. Reducing the
pictures helped some but not entirely. I ended up using an Envoy formatted
file that was half the size of the PDF files. But the Envoy files can only be
read on systems that have the same operating system as what the file was
created in. So far, no complaints but all it takes is one complaint from a
member with a mac and I'm back to exploring PDF. :-)

I did consider zipping the files but that sort of defeats the purpose of
clicking on the file and having the PDF plugin load and read the file.


"Angus B. Grieve-Smith" wrote:

> The main example I know of is Norman Badler, who self-published
> his book _Simulating Humans_ on the Web after it went out of print. He
> broke up the book into four pdf files of roughly 500K. He also omitted
> the illustrations, but that won't work too well for your project!
> Even though pdf files tend to be small, I found that I was able to
> use a Zip program to compress Badler's book1.pdf file from 608K to 413K.
> So that's another option. Also when you scan the images in, it's
> important to use black and white instead of color when you can, and to use
> an image format that incorporates compression, like JPEG.
> Others may have more suggestions.
> --
> -Angus B. Grieve-Smith
> Linguistics Department
> University of New Mexico

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