Tips & Tricks

Redistilling PDFs for Smaller File Sizes

February 10, 2004

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Tip originally appeared in 101 Acrobat 5.0 eTips and Techniques.

Acrobat's 'Optimize for Fast Web View' will create pointers for common background data instead of embedding all the data separately on each page.

If, however, you create separate PDF files and join them by inserting pages, the data on individual pages will be unnecessarily duplicated.

The document you are viewing uses a master page item from QuarkXPress. If I print each page separately to PostScript and distill all the separate files, then merge them in a single PDF, the file size will be more than 20 times larger than a single file distilled in Acrobat Distiller.

To resolve a problem when it's necessary to create separate pages, combine them all in a singe PDF, then select File > Save AS > PostScript File. Redistill the resultant PostScript file in Acrobat Distiller with the Job Options needed for your output.The final file will be much smaller.

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