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I know this has been discussed before but I could not find the post it was discussed.  When I make a PDF with the CA PDF maker the program came with the properties were 10GB!!  It was just a cabinet plan.  I used a commercially available PDF writer and the properties were 300KB.  Why the difference?  By the way they both had the same quality.

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Seems to me that you have answered your own "question", sort of. I mainly use CutePDF but I have also used the Chief PDF and Microsoft PDF. Like you, I prefer a reasonable file size. Your question would be better aimed at Tech Support or the guys who wrote the application (not users). I would use the application that gives me a useful product at a reasonable size, you should too.

 

DJP

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I am not getting results like that. I believe that CA defaults to 600 dpi. I always drop that down to 144.

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For me Chief has always generated large files since Chief's pdf started. For printing I use 300 dpi in Adobe Acrobat.

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Are you using a Mac? They tend to create very large pdf files (for whatever reason).

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I'm not using a Mac.   Both CA and the other PDF writer use 600 DPI.  So the question was.....Why the large file with CA?  I know to use another PDF writer will fix the problem.  Just wondered what's up with the CA PDF.

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You should probably get with tech support on that one. By the way, I assume you meant your file was 10MB not GB. Most of my pdf files are usually in the 300KB to 500KB range but I had a Mac for a while that would pump out 5MB to 10MB files nearly every time. Drove me nuts. Wonder if the issue with Mac is similar to the problem you are having.

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I believe Chief gets their PDF software from a vendor ,so they are subject to what they get from them. Any changes or repairs have to be done by the vendor.

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I wonder if perhaps Chief's print to PDF is fully embedding fonts? Not sure how big of a difference that would make in file size, but could be one contributor.

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