Giant PDFs

This isn’t the first place this issue has been documented, nor will it be the last place, but it reared its monstrous ugly head the other day.

A Revit user was printing out individual PDFs from floor plans, and reported that the filesize was HUGE. I was dubious at the hugeness, so I grabbed a couple and took a look:

PDFs with huge filesizes

Whoa. Yeah, that’s a big PDF

OK. So maybe they were a little big.

Some of you probably already know the issue. It turns out, if you use a non-rectangular crop region and print a sheet, some PDF print drivers freak out, exploding your file size.

It feels like a lot of them are getting better, but these users were using a recent version of PDF Creator (because we really like the price) and still getting these results.

Printing the PDF again as a PDF seemed to trim a lot of the file size. Also using a “stepped” edge instead of an “angled” edge helped out as well. Which was weird.

Stepped edge crop region

Strange – smaller PDF

Angled crop edge

Weird – larger PDFs

Hopefully this will clear itself up eventually, and this post can be something we all can look back on and laugh and laugh and laugh.

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4 thoughts on “Giant PDFs

  1. Steve says:

    I’ve seen reports that using different PDF drivers or creator software has varying results. You may find more normal size PDF files if you try another one.

  2. Danny Jones says:

    Bluebeam has solved this issue with their PDF driver.

    And it’s the only real way to live 🙂

  3. jkunkel says:

    You Bluebeam users are like some kind of cult!
    I actually have two PDF related issues, and both are apparently resolved with a higher end PDF driver. But oh, how I love free! Sadly, it might be time to start looking into a new paid solution.

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