PDF Conversion

By ranchito ·
Compression of the resulting PDF-file appears to be VASTLY different depending on the conversion facility used. Often the size ratio between original file and PDF-file varies enormously and the Variation does not seem to follow any discernible logic.
01) Why?
02) Which program produces the smallest PDF-file?
03) What is the risk of quality (resolution) loss in the case of bitmpas?

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by shhite In reply to PDF Conversion

I don't have an answer as to why it changes so drastically but my company uses Bluebeam PDF Revu and it does convert very well w/o loss of resolution. It does consistently keep the pdf's small as well. It has almost all the same capabilities as Adobe Acrobat for a third of the cost.

You can download a fully functional 30 day trial from the following link.

Let me know if you have any other questions.


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It depends on what you are looking for

by jdclyde In reply to PDF Conversion

There are the quick and simple prints to a file, that make a relatively small file, and then there is the ability to do all the linking and extra publishing options.

A program like adobe distiller will make a file 10 times larger than adobe pdf writer will.

Also, saving to a pdf instead of printing to a pdf can make a difference.

If you use the built in features of an office product, it will often add in a lot of unnecessary code, just like frontpage does for html.

For a quick, small, and free pdf, I use cutePDF.

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Not sure

by Jacky Howe In reply to PDF Conversion

why some products have a lot of overheads as JD has pointed out. I use a free product called PrimoPDF that will shrink it down to a reasonable size and it doesn't lose any of the quality.

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by ranchito In reply to Not sure

Thank You!
I've been using Primo myself for some time, but then discovered that it really generates quite inflated PDFs - and is rather slow, to boot.
E.G.: a word document of 23.8MB resulted in a PDF of 20.1MB. Whereas the (not free of charge) "Click-to-Print" produced one of 14.1MB...
Both took a LONG time and both produced a PDF of good quality.
The seven other programs I tried, produced PDFs of good quality too, but the sizes ranged from 19.8MB to 43MB (!)
VAST differences with no apparent explanation...
Thanks and Regards,
HP Bodmer, Northern Ireland

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There is a considerable

by Jacky Howe In reply to PDF conversion

difference in the sizes. Are all of the images that you are using .jpg. I recently received a pdf from on of my friends who is a Cake Decorator. It contains 32 images with pricing and information on each individual Cake. The file is 726kb on one page and it was created in word. From what I can gather the images are around 200 X 200 or probably smaller. It looks great. If you can keep the image size down you would do better.

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