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    .pdf converter

    I'm looking for a free or close to free pdf converter that will allow different compression levels. I don't mind spending up to $25 if needed though. I don't want a line printed at the bottom about their software either!

    What doe you recommend?

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    Re: .pdf converter

    Does PDF have different compression levels???

    Anyway, have you tried a search? PDF is a very common topic here in the Lounge. One that comes immediately to mind is CutePDF Writer. I don't use it myself, having paid for pdfFactory, which I highly recommend.

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    Re: .pdf converter

    If by "converter" you mean a Windows printer which turns anything printed to it from (say) Word into a PDF file, then I use PDF995, which just has a "nag" IE Advertisement which shows after the PDF is created, if you haven't paid them not to display it

    I wasn't aware, either, that a PDF could have levels of compression - I wouldn't even know what this meant since it is, loosely speaking, an interpreted Postscript file.

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    Re: .pdf converter

    Using Acrobat 4, I can create a pdf from Word and get a file Explorer tells me is 1,002Kb in size.
    If I then open it in Acrobat and Save As - selecting 'Optimise' as below - I get a file size of 91Kb.
    Could that be some form of compression?

    (If I don't select 'Optimise', I end up with a file size of 1,007Kb.....)
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    Re: .pdf converter

    Leif

    A search on this topid reveals this.

    It seems to me that 'optimise' means 'leave some stuff out'...!

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    Re: .pdf converter

    Acrobat 6 PDFMaker offers, inter alia, this set of image compression options.

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    Re: .pdf converter

    I tried the http://www.pdf995.com/ but didn't like the popups.
    I am doing a trial of http://www.docudesk.com/ It seems to do the job well (size wise) and costs $14.95 to register. That's not a bad price. Most of them out there are closer to $100!

    I had a previous Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer and it made files HUGE. I think that's a very old program. With docudesk, the file size is a 10th the size.

    Even CorelDraw has a convert to pdf built in, but it creates huge files as well.

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    Re: .pdf converter

    John

    That pretty much sums it up. I had the filesize discussion a couple of years back. Here is a relevant snip from same:

    "Resolution and the number of fonts embedded make a huge difference in file size. Graphics also imact in a big way. Any combination of reducing the amount of information embedded in the PDF reduces file size. Remember PDF is basically PostScript with additional features, the actual document info is stored in compressed PostScript in the PDF. As with other programs if the font does not exist on the target machine, a substitution must be used. Adobe makes it possible to embed fonts so that the document will look and print the same no matter what the target machine, therefore, much information must be embedded if the target audience may or may not have the resources available to render the document. Using standard PostScript fonts, and allowing the printer driver to embed and render these will result in a smaller file size.

    Using the Adobe Acrobat PDFWriter allows you to further optimize graphics and such for the absolute smallest file size. It has been my experience that nothing using GhostScript will create as samll a PDF file as Adobe's software. I guess that's part of the trade-off in it's freeness."

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    Re: .pdf converter

    Hi,

    I encourage you to try Jeff's suggestion, Cute PDF Printer, before getting paid software. I found it simple, fast, and effective. It's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and has no nag screens.
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    Re: .pdf converter

    I'd also recommend giving CutePDFWriter a whirl... but with some qualification. I had cause to use it on a Word doc containing some old Terminal font characters of the DOS box-drawing variety. These became messed up (regardless of the settings I used in CutePDF) so I'd say it does have its limitations. By contrast, the $$$ software I use myself, Jaws PDF Creator will reproduce faithfully and produce smaller file sizes. I believe that the efficiency of these programs varies enormously.

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    Re: .pdf converter

    Interesting comments. Thanks.

    I think the $14 fee is affordable and gives me more options than the the cute program. $80 for Jaws seems a bit high though.

    Interestingly I used the same file and it went from 520kb to 20kb just by switching pdf programs and it looks the same to me.

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    Re: .pdf converter

    I use PrimoPDF http://www.primopdf.com/ which offers options for print-based PDF or screen-based PDF. Free. I am happy with the result.

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    Re: .pdf converter

    If you don't mind spending $29 you should have a look at eDocPrinter PDF Pro on http://www.iteksoft.com/ Most PDF printers I've evaluated can't handle bookmarks, TOCs and hyperlinks in Office docs, so I consider them pretty useless. eDocPrinter comes with an Office add-on that handles these items without problems. The driver also has options to compress text and graphics, so that may be what you're looking for.

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    Re: .pdf converter

    Wow. I love eDocPrinter PDF Pro! I'll play with that one a little bit. That has some awesome features.

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    Re: .pdf converter

    I must admit that I didn't have to pay that full price for my copy of Jaws. I used to be registered for their free version, called 5D PDF, and got a substantial discount when it went payware. $40 does seem a bit steep against some of the others that have been mentioned. Unfortunately, the old freebie didn't integrate with Office 2000 the way it did with Office 97 - bookmarks, hyperlinks, TOC etc. This proved to be too much of a limitation for my needs, so I tried various other freebie solutions, but none were able to generate the required quality whilst maintaining a compact file size.

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