a couple of months ago I wrote about the large file sizes that I was
getting when I converted a word .doc file to OO odt file, with the
intention of later converting it to pdf. They were in the size of
megabites. This is a bit of an ongoing saga for me, as this time I made
up the newsletter for the organization using Open Office from the start,
and then attempted to convert the odt file to pdf in linux. I ended up
having to go back to windows in order to get the file sizes to a
manageable size, the linux files were too large.
Here is a rundown of what I did.
1. I made up the newsletter using Open Office. The final file size was
198kb. Not too bad, I thought that it was going to work out as I
expected the file to be smaller yet when I converted that to a pdf file.
2. I converted the odt file to pdf. The resultant pdf file was
758.8kb. I am shooting for around 200kb, but will send a file up to
300kb. Any larger and it takes too long for the dialup users to
3. I tried to play around with the pdf conversion process by reducing
picture quality, and/or reducing the quality of the total pdf document.
I produced two other pdf's this way, and believe it or not when I
reduced the quality of the document to 50% it actually produced a larger
file on my first attempt. That file was 789kb. The second attempt (30%
quality) was 750 kb.
I decided to save the newsletter odt file in doc format to see how large
it would be, before I quit linux for Windows. It came out to 270kb. I
was hoping to open it in word in winxp, and then convert it to pdf. But
the formatting was so messed up it was easier to start over fresh in
Word. But then, they tell me it isn't going to work right when try to
save it as a doc file in open office. The new word file displaying the
same information (plus an extra couple of pages of text that I forgot on
the copy that I produced in OO) as the newsletter produced in odt came
out to 220kb.
4. Those linux pdf files were too large to use, so I went back to WinXP
and made up the file in Word (220kb). I then converted that to pdf, and
got a file size of 270kb. That is useable, and I don't know of any way
to make it smaller in Windows unless I start removing some pictures from
As it stands now, I think that I will have to stick with windows for
this task unless someone has a brainstorm and thinks of a way to make
these linux pdf files smaller.
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