pdf optimisation

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Tue Feb 19 14:14:36 EST 2002

On Tue, 19 Feb 2002, John Griffiths wrote:

> does anyone know a good linux/unix program/process for optimising acrobat
> pdf files?
> I've got a few hundred thousand pdf's I need to get optimised because newer
> acrobat/IE combinations aren't opening un-optimised files well over the web

Okie, optomization is called linearization in the PDF specification --
this might help with your web surfing... Linearized files will take
slightly more disc space to store -- probably only a few kb per document,
but if you have this many documents that might cause you issues.

There are known issues with IE and PDF documents, although I am not aware
of any show stoppers which can be fixed -- you would think Adobe /
Microsoft would panic if this was the case. What sort of problems are you
experiencing? Checkout the comp.text.pdf FAQ at
http://www.stillhq.com/cgi-bin/getpage?area=ctpfaq&page=index.htm for more

I believe there is a tool from Glance to linearize on the command line of
your unix box, but I haven't used it, don't know how reliable it is, or
how fast it is. I think it is also a commercial pay money product. Try
http://pdf.glance.ch and look for pdlinearize.

Finally, ghostscript can probably linearize the documents for you -- just
treat it as a conversion like any other.

Let me know if I can be more helpful,


Michael Still (mikal at stillhq.com)     UMT+11hrs

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