July 27th, 2005

marcus 2013

PDFs yet again

Weird problem - the PDF I created looks fine in Adobe Reader on three PCs and a Mac, and when viewed in Preview on someone else's Mac. When I view it in Preview on my iBook all of the fonts show up as garbage characters; they're fine in Adobe reader.

Can't think of an explanation for this - not sure what version of OS-X the other person is using, so maybe it's because I'm using 10.3 and he has 10.4 or something. Unfortunately I don't have access to another Mac here, though several friends have been asked to take a look.

Anyone got any suggestions?
lost world


There's been a temporary problem with Forgottenfutures.com which means that for the next few days it won't be possible to download Forgotten Futures IX as a zipped file. Basically, I need the space for the PDF I've mentioned for the next few days, and until I can clear it something has to go - deleting this file will free just enough room. One effect of running out of space was that the version put on line for reviewers - you know who you are - was corrupted when I tried to upload a slightly modified version, and hasn't been available for the last hour or so; a new version should be in place in the next half hour or so.

I hope everything will be back to normal some time next week.
marcus 2013

And another PDF question...

Okay, on the last lap I think.

Still trying to get the size down, I know that a lot of it is because there are a load of illustrations. Most of them started up as BIG images, and were resized when I pasted them into the original Word document.

I've been assuming that this works like saving a print file - the final file size in the PDF is based solely on the area of the picture and the resolution of the PDF, and not the picture's actual original size, so that if (for example) I used the same picture at two points, one full size and the other at half size, the size added to the file will be much less for the smaller version.

If I'm wrong then I suppose I have to resample all of the pictures to their final size before converting it to the PDF, which will be a lot of work. Does anyone know for sure how this is supposed to work?

Later: Tried Adobe's "free file conversion" thing. It wouldn't even start to upload the file, let alone let me enter the parameters. I suspect that they are expecting dainty little things, not a complete book!