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Did you add any fields to the 180kB file before saving, or change any of the fonts used by the fields? What fonts are being used by the fields? Can you post the form somewhere so we can take a look?
This is usually caused by the fonts that were added for your form fields.
Are you using a non-standard font?
Thank you both, George and Karl!
The form itself was using arial while some fields were using georgia... by changing the font of these fieds I was able to at least maintain the same size!
Is there any way that I can manage the fonts to make sure I am using the smallest size possible?
As usual, many thanks for all the help!
Use Helvetica, Courier or Times-Roman.
When you use one of the non-standard fonts (Helvetica, Times, Courier, Symbol, Zapf Dingbats (Adobe PI)), then the entire font gets embedded, since all characters have to be available for use when filling-in a form. (The exception is the large unicode fonts that are often around 20 MB, so the user will need to have them installed on their system.) Some fonts take up more space than others, but if you don't want any bloat, stick to the standard fonts. These are in the first group of the font dropdown. Note that Acrobat/Reader actually use a private version of Arial when Helvetica is specified, so there is no advantage to specifying Arial.
Thanks guys, much appreciated!
The file is now very small!