Linda G. Gallagher wrote: > These are not rendered, just the line drawings. Guess I > should have said that. Sorry! > > I got another message offlist about changing my Distiller > options. Duh!! I did that, and the .tif in the PDF output > from FM now looks quite good. > Thanks, Michael. > > The process that Art suggests might be an alternative, but > sounds a bit onerous. I'll try it if I need to, but hope I won't.
Well, the .tif will look better with no downsampling and less compression, but it's still a bitmap (raster) file format. In your PDF output file, try zooming in and see what happens. You're starting with a vector (line) drawing, which is scalable. PDF, being a variant of the PostScript language, treats vector drawings as such, so the PDF is scalable, too. Converting that lovely scalable vector drawing to TIFF or JPEG format (bitmaps) is not a good idea. I'd recommend printing the drawings to PDF, as Art suggested. If you can work with the person who created the drawings, it might be possible to get rid of some of the bloat upfront (metadata that's preserved by Acrobat, hidden lines or objects, etc.). A custom joboptions file may eliminate or minimize the need for postprocessing the PDF in Acrobat (might need to experiment a bit initially). And the postprocessing could be as simple as opening the PDF, selecting File > Reduce File Size, and saving. HTH! Richard ------ Richard G. Combs Senior Technical Writer Polycom, Inc. richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom 303-223-5111 ------ rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom 303-777-0436 ------