I have been building a form and found that the size of my file grew after I made 'edits' onto (ie: changing the wording of the original form scanned onto Acrobat Pro X, changing the font colour some letters etc.)
Question 1: Is this normal?
Question 2: How to reduce the size of the file? (I am aware of the option that I could save the pdf into a version that's higher (by selecting anything between 6 to 10) and that would reduce the size of the pdf.
BUT, I also learned that if the end-user, who will receive my form and fill it in, do not have that particular version that I've saved it to, then s/he could not fill in the form!!
Is there a solution to my problem? Please help!
*I am using Acrobat Pro X.
Not uncommon, You are adding another layer and a lot of font information and some edit junk.
You can try to optimize the form with Acrobat Professional's Optimizer or use the "Save As..." in Standard.
The upgrade of Reader is free. Also for many forms, especially LiveCycle Designer forms, require version 6 or better and some even a newer version.
When you are working on a file and save it, be sure to use the Save As option. The Save keeps what you have changed (supposedly to allow you to backup -- but never have heard from anyone about how you would backup, maybe ctrl-Z?).
Thank you all for your responses.
If I were to use 'save as', there are a number of selections ie (1) PDF (2)Reduced PDF (3) PDF Optimizer.
Which selection should I choose?
It sounds like if I were to save with (1), no difference would be made.
but with (2), I will need to request the end-user to download an earlier version of PDF reader to match with the version that I'll choose to save it under.
I'm not familiar with option (3), any links where I can read on that?
I would try all 3 but save the output under different names and then look at the differences between the various files and use the one with the best results for your use. If images are re-sampled, you may not like the results.
Option 1 is important and should be used at the end of an sequence of edit-save before distributing the file. It reclaims lost space.
Option 2. No, under no situation would you need to request the end-user to download an older version of the reader, what makes you think that?
Thank you all for your responses!
Yes, I always save my file as PDF. Just not reduced its size by saving it to a particular version.
to 'Test Screen Name', there is a misunderstanding on option 2. I referred to it so that I can save the file into a version like version 8.0 or higher. But, I understood from earlier discussions in the forum here, that people may still have earlier versions of reader (ie 6.0 or lower?) and so that's why I suggested having a link for download.
Even with that, I don't know how savvy my end-users may be to download. I 've had problems where people read my file using Apple and that caused problems.
Thanks for your help!
I've tried options 1 & 2 and know for the latter, that my end users must download the newest version of Reader so to use my file.
Trouble is, I've had problems where my instructions to my end-users were not followed and that led to problems in the past. So, I cannot rely on them to follow my instructions but I could hear them already complaining that my form doesn't work (if I had used option 2).
Re: Option3. Is there a link or tutorial somewhere which I can learn how it works? I'm not familiar with that and would appreciate reviewing some notes and/or guidance on it.
I do not understand your point, sorry. When you use certain options in Acrobat you can choose an option to make files compatible with an older version of Acrobat/Reader. You do this to benefit people with old software, but people will all newer software will be fine, and you absolutely do not want to encourage people to use older software, that really will confuse them.
Some people with older systems need older versions, but Adobe's web site takes care of that. Old versions are offered only for these people.
As you've touched on, some people will also use different software. Not Apple but Apple Preview is included with Mac OS. Some people will buy or download other readers. Some browsers, such as Chrome and Safari, have built in PDF viewers. Bear in mind that MOST of these people won't be able to fill forms either!
Thanks for the explanation.
re: saving forms.
Should one choose 'save as' each time they've make 'edits' onto the PDF via Acrobat Pro to ensure the file size doesn't grow too much? Or, choose 'save' until the final step where, 'save as' should be chosen?
1) Which is saving option is most efficient and practical to use?
2) Will it cause any changes onto the 'fields' that were created? and hence the responses that could be received from the form since its purpose is to receive data?
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