Un Embedding Gneric Fonts

James Scriven's picture

I am working on reducing file size for thousands of insurance related PDF documents which are downloaded from a server to the clients numerous workstations for large batch printing of these forms.

I did not design the forms, Ive just been asked to get in to Acrobat or wherever and make them smaller.

One concern is if I can somehow not embed the standard fonts that are used (Times and Arial). Being that these exist natively on all of the users workstations it's seems to be unneccesary file size.

Any idea on how to "un embed" these fonts. . . or other good file downsizing tricks. . .

(each PDF is an average of 170 kb and they want it even smaller)



Miss Tiffany's picture

You might have better luck with the Adobe Forums, specifically the Acrobat Forums. I posted to the scripting area and had an answer--which worked like butter--in 10 minutes.

Gus Winterbottom's picture

Don't know about Mac, but on a PC, launch the Distiller. In the "Job Options" drop down, select the job you're using (e.g., Print, Screen) and then go to Settings > Job Options > Fonts. Uncheck the "Embed all fonts" box. Click on the "Embedding" drop down to get to your font location(s) -- for example, C:\Windows\Fonts. Add Times New Roman and Arial (and any other fonts you want) to the "Never embed" list. (If the font isn't in one of the listed folders, click on "Add Name" and type in the name of the font.) Click "OK" as needed to back out and save the changes to the job setting. You probably want to rename the job setting -- e.g., "Print(1)" -- if Distiller doesn't offer to do it for you.

This is based on Acrobat 5, but later versions should be similar.

Gus Winterbottom's picture

Re other ways to reduce file size:

1. Don't embed thumbnails.

2. Reduce the resolution (dpi) to as low as possible.

3. Try distilling the source file with and without "Optimize for Fast Web View" enabled to see which gives you smaller PDFs. In my situation (MS Office files), not having fast web view enabled usually results in smaller files, but only by a little (1% or less).

All of the above options can be changed in the Distiller by going to Settings > Job Options > General. You can also try playing with the settings on the "Compression" tab, but I've never done so, so I have no recommendations for that.

4. If there are TIFF or EPS graphics in the source files, try changing them to PNG or JPG and/or reducing the resolution. Of course, this may not be practical if you have thousands of source files.

5. Not applying security or a password to a PDF file usually results in an infinitesimally smaller file.

6. If you open a PDF file in Acrobat and do a "save as" (don't change anything in the file, just write over the existing file -- or, safer, give it a new file name), Acrobat will often produce a smaller file. Again, this may not be practical with thousands of files, although it might be possible to write an Acrobat batch process to do it.

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