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Forms - make file size smaller

Aug 7, 2012 3:48 AM

Tags: #size #forms #form #pdf_forms #acrobat-form #acrobat_forms #fillable #file-size



I'd like to know if there is a way to decrease the size of an Adobe PDF with a fillable form? I have forms on an A4 page with mostly text on it and their size is around 400 kb without forms / form fields and increases to around 800 kb with the form and fields. There are no advanced functions just fields that can be filled out and saved in Acrobat and Acrobat Reader.


Any hints or tipps what I can do to come down to let's say 500 kb again?


Thank you!

Arne, Berlin/Germany

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    Aug 7, 2012 4:18 AM   in reply to ArneRobot

    Did you do a simple SAVE AS PDF? This is needed to reclaim space.

    All fonts used have to be fully embedded, so this adds space; beware of using big fonts or multiple fonts or styles.

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    Aug 7, 2012 8:23 AM   in reply to ArneRobot

    Looking at this form I can see this:


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    Aug 7, 2012 12:03 PM   in reply to ArneRobot

    I doubt you will reduce that very much. Over 400K is a complete embedded copy of Arial. Consider using Helvetica (a 'magic' font which won't be embedded) instead.

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