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I went to print my layout to PDF so I could send it to my subs for quoting like I always do.  For some reason, the PDF file is 39MB.  I deleted and tried again multiple times to see if I was doing anything different.  At first, it was 54MB, so I thought my live views imported to the layout page were too large, so I deleted them and sent them to the layout page as pictures instead.  When I resent the layout to print (Chief Architect PDF), the final time, the file is still 39MB.  

Is there a way to see what is attached to the file to make it this large?

BTW, My plans/layouts are rudimentary and usually are 13MB when printed to PDF.

Thanks, Jim

I'm using X10 Version

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Are you sending standard plan and elevation views to layout?

 

What is the size of the PDF if you print the Layout template only? 

 

Do you have any PDF files imported to layout or the plan that are printing as well?

Those have a tendency to be cumbersome.

 

Definitely something odd there- my PDF's are generally around 4-8MB - even when fairly complex as far as my wok is concerned.

 

 

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What program are you using to create the PDF?  I use Nuance PDF Printer and get about 30 MB for 31 sheets.  Also check the DPI settings.  Anything over 600 DPI is overkill and even 300 DPI should be adequate.

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If you want a smaller file size by a lot use Adobe

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16 hours ago, RL-inc said:

Are you sending standard plan and elevation views to layout?

Yes

What is the size of the PDF if you print the Layout template only? 

12mb

Do you have any PDF files imported to layout or the plan that are printing as well? No

Those have a tendency to be cumbersome.

 

Definitely something odd there- my PDF's are generally around 4-8MB - even when fairly complex as far as my wok is concerned.

 

I looked back at my other PDF's and you're right -  They are between 4-8mb.  I Think the resolution might have changed(?) which will make the file larger...any way to check this (Chief Architect Version)

 

 

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16 hours ago, Joe_Carrick said:

What program are you using to create the PDF?  I use Nuance PDF Printer and get about 30 MB for 31 sheets.  Also check the DPI settings.  Anything over 600 DPI is overkill and even 300 DPI should be adequate.

How Do I check this?

 

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3 minutes ago, PinnacleChief said:

How Do I check this?

 

When you select Print it should be on the Printer Dialog.  You can set it there.

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15 hours ago, DRAWZILLA said:

 

If you want a smaller file size by a lot use Adobe

After I choose Chief to PDF, it transfers over to Adobe

 

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1 minute ago, Joe_Carrick said:

When you select Print it should be on the Printer Dialog.  You can set it there.

Actually just found it.  Reduced it to 144DPI and retried it.  36.8MB This time.

 

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Thanks for everyone's help...Just figured it out.  I was printing in Color.  Switched to black and white and now it's 4.6MB.  Phew!

 

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I and others use "PDF Exchange" and in the file pull down menu is an option called "save as optimized" and it reduces file size nicely and still in color. 22mb reduced to 3mb was last one I "optimized".

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5 minutes ago, ShaneK said:

I and others use "PDF Exchange" and in the file pull down menu is an option called "save as optimized" and it reduces file size nicely and still in color. 22mb reduced to 3mb was last one I "optimized".

Great.  I'll try it.  Thanks

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