dealing with these *huge* pdf files generated

Terry Judd terry.judd at
Mon Jun 3 01:21:54 EDT 2013

On 03/06/2013, at 01:38 PM, Dr. Hawkins wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM, Terry Judd <terry.judd at>wrote:
>> Perhaps you could 'replace' all the bitmaps with either graphic or text
>> objects when you do your pdf export. If you have lots of checkboxes for
>> example you could replace these with a simple x or tick. Any buttons you
>> don't really need to show could also go.
> Wait a minute . . . shouldn't a checkbox be a postscript drawn object, not
> a bitmap?  That would be *easier* in postscript than a bitmap (although
> I've never written pdf directly; just postscript.  Is there a shortcut?)

They definitely look bitmapped to me. Magnify the pdf content and the text and field borders scale perfectly - the checkboxes on the other hand pixelate.


> A sane postscript output would put functions into the output, and each box
> or checkbox would be a function call with 5 paramaters (2 corners & width);
> and similarly for a line.
> The pdfwriter code seems to be only a few pages long, but I haven't gotten
> my c++ (let alone objective c) back up to speed yet.
> BTW, my output is completely devoid of bitmaps (OK, there is a single
> repeated bitmap in the cover page pdf; the firm logo).
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Dr Terry Judd
Senior Lecturer in Medical Education
Medical Eduction Unit
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne

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