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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:52 pm    Post subject: Smallest font? Reply with quote

I'm using the word processor to type a text-only flyer. One page.

Once it's typed, I'll export it as a .PDF file.

I need the .pdf file to be 100kb or less when done, right now, it's 152kb, and I don't know how to make it smaller.

I'm going to try re-typing it using a different font? could that make a difference?

Any other ideas? I haven't had much experience using the program yet.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Smallest font? Reply with quote

4570 wrote:
I'm going to try re-typing it using a different font? could that make a difference?


Don't re-type. Just select everything (CTRL+A) and change the font.

Also, in the PDF export options dialog, try disabling "tagged PDF" and "export notes."
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think you'll find that the particular font you use makes as much difference as the number of different font faces you use.

E.g. a packed letter-sized page (10pt, all text) gives me a 36K PDF using Times New Roman, but if I make two or three sentences bold (which now requires two font faces), the size almost doubles to 60K.

There was a discussion recently of this issue and someone posted a list of the fonts that are "built-in" to PDF and thus take the smallest amount of added space, but it may be difficult to actually limit the PDF file to those fonts.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is not simply a matter of how big the TTF files are either — it seems to be more to do with the complexity of the font outlines. If you look at the document properties in PDF Reader, the fonts are subsetted, so the whole font is not embedded — only the characters used in the file. The Times New Roman font is 400 Kbytes, but a PDF file with a page of plain text is just 31.1 KB (31,863 bytes)

The same file using Arial is 24.2 KB (24,832 bytes)

With Bitsream Vera Sans it is 15.6 KB (16,028 bytes)

If I change the font to one of my own — Garava — the PDF is reduced to just 14.1 KB (14,534 bytes)

The smallest I found was using Troutkings BTN, which was only 12.1 KB (12,393 bytes)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I got it figured out, I was using too many differnt fonts, I guess.

I changed the document to, I think, "Times" and made it non-bold text.

It went from being 152kb to 6.06kb! WOOOHO!

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