View Full Version : How to look at large PFD files ?
08-28-2003, 06:51 PM
Can someone please help me link to PDF documents that are 4 mg ?
I've coded a page to href a PDF document but once uploaded to the host, the link takes forever to load the document.
What do you suggest ?
08-28-2003, 08:01 PM
There really is not much you will be able to do because the files must download before it will show in the browser and at 4 megs it will take a long time to load and then execute Adobe. the best thing to do is see if you can reduce the original file and recreate the PDF.
If you have images and and color in the origianl file that will make the PDF bigger and in turn make the download take a long time.
08-28-2003, 08:18 PM
Thanks Robert, I figured that would be the answer. I can divide the doc by chapters, I was just didn't want to lose the ability to search through the whole document.
Any way to do a search if I convert the PDF to a DOC ?
08-29-2003, 01:20 AM
Even with large PDF files, it's sometimes hard to view them once they've "loaded" because individual pages have to render. I've found that it's easier to view them if you actually download it to your computer (right-click the link and "save target as") and then open it. You're still waiting for it to download, but it's much easier to actually "view."
As for converting to a DOC, I think the file will still be pretty large. They should be able to search *if* they have MS Word and *if* it's the right version. I'm not sure I'd convert from a PDF to that, but that's just my $0.02
PS- I forgot to mention that many organizations do make large manuals, books, etc. Available either by chapter (usually in the low 100's of Kb in size) or in whole (several MB file size) so that people can choose. That might be one option.
08-29-2003, 03:04 AM
I would encourage you to continue to offer PDF, it is a lot easier for your visitors/readers to obtain a PDF Reader than it is to find other software depending on the Word Processor you have.....
08-29-2003, 05:09 AM
Thank you for the help.
08-29-2003, 05:02 PM
It worked like a charm with a 4mg pdf file after pointing the href to a drive on our lan with the word FILE after the href.
<p align="center"><b><a href="FILE://sTamMIS1/Apps/ice/ICE%2006DECEMBER2002%203.3%20Release/ICE%20Message%20Reference.pdf">ICE Message Reference</a></b></p>
08-29-2003, 05:08 PM
Glad it worked...and with all those spaces in the URL you will have everyone right confused...
08-29-2003, 05:32 PM
As long as everyone viewing it is on your LAN (maybe on an Intranet-type setup), it should load pretty fast. Just remember that for anyone not on your LAN, the link will not work. That may not be a problem, I just don't know what your setup is.
Glad you got it solved, though! Good luck with the rest of it.
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