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To: Jim Stauffer <JStauffer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: FrameMaker and Acrobat Distiller experts, please help!
From: Shlomo Perets <mtype@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 09:34:53 +0200
Jim, In response to my recommendation to turn on Create Named Destinations for All Paragraphs turned On (PDF Setup, Links tab), you wrote: >Be advised that this results in *huge* PDFs. Only use this if, for some >reason, you need a destination marker for every single paragraph in the >book. True. The extra size added to the PDF because of the additional named destinations will vary depending on the file content. As each named destination uses 100 characters on the average, it may add up when you consider files with tables where each cell has at least one paragraph even if it is empty or pages with many short paragraphs (such as indexes, listings or generated lists). However, this recommendation was made in response to Distiller warnings about destinations used but not defined -- which cause bad links and/or bookmarks. The "PDF Optimization" feature, introduced as a semi-hidden option in FM5.5.6, and then expanded and made official in FM6.0 and FM7.0, is known to be faulty. Random destinations which are needed for links and bookmarks are damaged, while many destinations that are redundant are carried over. Related queries are raised frequently by users, and it is likely that there are many who just ignore the warnings. (and Distiller does not even report all cases where destinations are missing). There is a sample file which demonstrates this problem (FM6 or FM7), available at http://www.microtype.com/resources/bugs/Dests_hypertext.zip Given this situation, unless you actively take measures to ensure that all links and bookmarks are valid, one has to choose what's more important: file size or interactivity. If you want them both, I recommend using the UnBloat function of the FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers add-on (see http://www.microtype.com/TimeSavers/SPTS-FM.pdf#Unbloat for a technical description; user feedback is available at http://www.microtype.com/TimeSavers/TSUnBloatFeedback.html) Shlomo Perets MicroType * http://www.microtype.com FrameMaker, Acrobat training & consulting * FM-to-Acrobat TimeSavers/Assistants ** To unsubscribe, send a message to email@example.com ** ** with "unsubscribe framers" (no quotes) in the body. **