Exported PDF supports layers, transparency, interactivity, etc. that is not supported in distilled PDF, so that's one source of file size increases. Are you embedding fonts in the Distilled PDF? Exported PDF always embeds fonts unless they are restricted, so that's another possibility. You might also want to go int the PDF Optimizer in Acrobat pro and click the Audit Usage button to see which things are taking up the most space, then you can decide if some things can be thrown away.
Thanks for the reply!
I won't be able to use Acrobat Pro, and my hope is to continue using InDesign/InDesign Server. Since my goal is to match what Distiller produces, is there a way (with InDesign) to export PDFs but to strip out the layers/interactivity/transparency that Distiller does not support? The output PDF will be used for archive purposes only.
Thanks again for any advice!
Use the X/1-a preset.
I tried that one more time just to be sure, and it produced a 114MB PDF. Distiller used the same content (as PostScript) and created a 33.5MB. Whats more, the Distiller created PDF which is much smaller, appears to be MUCH better quality as well. Any thoughts?
One thing I just found is this article:
Which kind of explains the difference between the Distiller/InDesign PDFs. Assuming that is all correct, are there any options I'm left with to create a similar PDF (in terms of quality and size) with InDesign/InDesign server?