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The Monday 2008-06-23 at 23:10 -0400, Mark Misulich wrote:
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
I remember that conversation.
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.
The size of the .odt or .doc file has nothing to do with the size of the
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 download it.
Converting to PDF from the OO menu produces very good quality files (with
links and indexes), but large. There are two reasons: a) the quality of
the photos included and b) the fonts chosen that are included partially or
in full into the PDF file.
There is a bugzilla affecting b).
To have more control of both points above you need to produce an
intermediate .ps file, and then convert that file to .pdf using the
Forget about the tools that print directly to PDF using cups,
kprinter, etc: you loose the fine control.
The choice of fonts used in your original file can have quite a big impact
on the final size, so you need some experimentation there, or some
knowledge. This is true for windows, too.
If you want, you could create a sample file in OOo similar to your
newsletter, a page or two, and let us play with it to see how much we can
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.
You know that there is OO for windows, too. You could use OO in windows
with acrobat to do the conversion to PDF with much less hassle.
Carlos E. R.
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