And I wasn't jumping on you, either, Lin. I wanted to clarify to several others 
who had replied (off-list and on-) that they have similar concerns to yours but 
for different reasons that many (maybe most) FrameMaker users don't pay much 
attention to file size because there's no need for them to do so. Yes, there 
will always be certain circumstances where size matters; but for most of us, it 
simply is what it is.


Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:49:51 -0500
Subject: Re: FM12: PDF file size exploding

Yes, of course. I wasn't jumping on you--it's a legitimate point. I was 
supplying information that I (stupidly) left out before.

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 1:35 PM, Fred Ridder <> wrote:

Fair enough.

But I think it was worthwhile to point out that there are legitimate reasons 
for many of us to have never noticed whatever change may have occurred, or to 
have never spent time investigating if we *did* notice a difference. In other 
words, you might not see a lot of responses to your query because many of us 
have had no need to pay attention to this issue.


Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:18:11 -0500
Subject: Re: FM12: PDF file size exploding

The PDF has to be posted as a shared review on a cloud web storage site. 
There's a size limit to what you can upload. My company is using corporate 
GMAIL and I have a 30Gb limit on storage, and for now I have to attach a shared 
review enabled PDF to an email to allow reviewers to join the review*. 
Admittedly, this one file isn't going to break either of those limits, but it's 
not something I can keep doing for a long period of time. Plus the sudden 
increase in size worries me. If there's a problem with the files, I need to 
find it before things get hosed (and yes, I did run all the files through a MIF 

*I will be testing setting up a shared review by storing the shared review PDF 
on the cloud drive and sending a link instead, but until I do, I know this 

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 12:04 PM, Fred Ridder <> wrote:

Not to minimize your question, but...

With the cost of computer storage running about $0.10 per gigabyte for hard 
disk or $0.50 per gigabyte for SSD, I'm not sure it's worthwhile worrying about 
10 MB more or less. That's less than 1/2 cent's worth of storage space. Unless 
you know your documents are going to be posted on a website where a significant 
number of users do not have anything resembling broadband access, spending more 
than a few seconds worrying about 10 MB in file size does not yield a good 
return on investment.

-Fred Ridder

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:26:35 -0500
Subject: FM12: PDF file size exploding

Has anyone had an issue with the size of a generated PDF increasing 
dramatically after moving a book from FM10 to FM12 (or any earlier version of 
FM to FM12)?

I've got a book that's gone from under 3M to over 12M, and that's AFTER running 
the Save as Reduced Size.

Is this a bug, have I not set something up in either FM12 or Acrobat 10 
correctly, or is there a solution?

Lin Sims


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