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Topic: Re: Adobe Document Server
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 56356
From: prodok
Date: 5/29/2002 05:18 PM


Adobe Document Server has essentially been discontinued. What it did,
was creating a JPEG of the image, and (if accordingly configured)
adding invisible "real" text, in order to make the document
searchable. With every page change, another JPEG and text and links
etc. were sent from the server.

PDF documents are NOT gobbling up bandwidth, if they are correctly
made (as opposed to most *ML documents). With "correctly made" I mean
that they have been optimized for web viewing. You do this with "Save
as..." and checking the "optimize" checkbox. Then, the web server
software must be kind of up-to-date, so that it knows about the
"byteserving" protocol. When both conditions are fulfilled, you can
view PDF documents page per page.

However, if bandwidth is still an issue, it is recommended to have
the user transfer the document to the local hard disk, and open it
from there.

Even better is it when you have a file server for these documents;
this will be even faster because it does not need all the web-related
communication overhead.

So, the best solution would be a file server. The second best
solution is then _well done_ PDFs (yes, you would have to learn a
little bit, but it is worthwile).

Hope, this can help.

Max Wyss
PRODOK Engineering
Low Paper workflows, Smart documents, PDF forms
CH-8906 Bonstetten, Switzerland

Fax: +41 1 700 20 37

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>We are in the early stages of using pdf files to post departmental
>manuals on our Intranet. One of our issues for our company is the
>bandwidth that is necessary to open large pdf files.
>Is anyone familiar with the Adobe Document Server. My understanding
>is that by using this tool, the pdf file is opened to a page at a
>time as HTML -- which saves a lot of space on the network.
>If you know about it and/or are using it, can you give me some
>insights? Also, is there something other than this tool that I
>could recommend?

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