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    Insufficient memory during PDF creation? (2002)

    When I use PDF maker to generate PDF files, I get an "insufficient memory" message periodically, which will stop the process until I tell it that its OK to proceed. Aside from the known problems with PDFmaker 5, is there some internal setting for word that I can tweak to prevent this from happening?

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    Re: Insufficient memory during PDF creation? (2002)

    Do these doc's have graphics?
    I've noticed an increase in file size when using 2002 - explained in this KB when using Distiller, but I'm afraid I don't know of a fix.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-GB;q292110&GSSNB=1>WD2002: PDF File Is Larger When Created From Word 2002 (Q292110)</A>

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    Re: Insufficient memory during PDF creation? (2002)

    Thanks for the reply!

    Yes, this document incorporates some significant (but not ridiculous) graphics-- the doc in question is a modestly illustrated software manual.

    Thanks for the link to the KB article--I love watching Microsoft and Abobe point fingers at each other <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>. This may have something to do with what I'm experiencing--PDFmaker seems to repaginate the doc a good dozen times as it works it over for PDF conversion...

    I've heard tell of a registry tweak that allots more memory to Word to perform certain tasks, but that was some time ago and I never found any details. Have you heard of anything like this?

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    Re: Insufficient memory during PDF creation? (2002)

    Sorry - not come across any tweaks myself.
    What operating system and Ram have you?

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    Re: Insufficient memory during PDF creation? (2002)

    Win 2000 SR 1
    256mb RAM

    Files generated using Word 2002, PDFMaker (acrobat 5.0.5)

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    Re: Insufficient memory during PDF creation? (2002)

    Same as moi!
    I just tried printing a 5MB+ doc with no problem.
    Tried printing a 46MB doc, and Word thought about it for about a minute before spitting out a 14MB pdf, but no other prob.
    (Why a couple of 500K pictures create a 46MB doc I still can't quite grasp...)

    Two things come to mind, as although you are getting an error, it doesn't appear terminal:
    1] Processor speed - I'm running a 1.3G and something slower may just bring up an error for some reason, the delay induced allowing whatever to catch up.
    2] Your pagefile size. Mine is set at a fixed min-max of 400Mb - having different min-max settings is not recommended. (Right_click My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Performance Options > Change - but I'm sure you know that already.)

    (Argh! I've just remembered I'm only on Acrobat 4.0 - still, the above may help...)

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    Re: Insufficient memory during PDF creation? (2002)

    Good thoughts on the pagefile size and processor speed... my processor is a fairly capable 900mhz (hey, it was impressive a few months ago...). And while I was aware that a variable-sized page file is not desirable, guess what! Mine is. I apparently forgot to tweak it while I was breaking in my current laptop, back in may.

    My hard drive is 20gb, about 25% full --what would be a good pagefile size to specify? My current max is 786... would I benefit by setting a fixed value higher than that?

    BTW, were you printing to PS and then using Distiller, or were you using PDF maker?

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    Re: Insufficient memory during PDF creation? (2002)

    Well, the recommended setting is 1.5 x RAM (1.5 x 256 = 384)

    Certainly less is not going to give you much benefit, and I work on the principle if you need more than the recommended - in our case giving a total of 640MB - you should be upping your RAM in the first place. (I have been known to hit that ceiling, but that was using c**p software and fairly self-inflicted <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> .)
    I suspect a fixed min-max is better value than a higher-than-usable max.

    Straight thru' to PDFWriter in the Print dialog box.....

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    Re: Insufficient memory during PDF creation? (2002)

    Well, it's only in this particular situation that Word whines about insufficient memory... things like (hardcopy) printing, index generation, and pagination are plenty fast and trouble free. I'll guess I'll just have to live with things as they are for now...

    BTW, for any interested parties, Adobe has released 5.0.5, which solves some of the PDFMaker problems that 5.0 users like myself were encountering.

    Thanks again for the advice, Leif!

    Arianna

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