C&I 6.5: Temporary replacement for PDF

It’s clear that the PDF for C&I 6.5 is unacceptably large and slow, with at least one user saying that page 1 never appears. I credit my stupid agreement to accept a 36MB “upgrade” to Acrobat 7.0.7 for this wonderful state of affairs.

For now, I’ve replaced the typographically accurate but uselessly slow version with a very fast, very small, and unfortunately very Ariel (or “whatever”) version (the PDFWriter output from Word); it’s certainly readable, if certainly not what I want.

I’ll replace it with a proper version if and when I can get Acrobat downgraded to 7.0 and get it working properly again..

Update Friday, March 17: I’ve managed to “downgrade” to Acrobat 7.0 and generated a new full PDF, still larger than it should be, but the first page seems to show up in ten seconds or so. So I’ve uploaded that accurate PDF, and will try to solve the underlying problem before the next issue appears. Which is, of course, exactly how I want to spend my writing time…

But for now, you can either download the HTML version (lots more pages, Book Antiqua) or the PDF version (ugly typeface, 28 pages).

I knew it was going to be a special issue. I just didn’t know how special!

3 Responses to “C&I 6.5: Temporary replacement for PDF”

  1. WoW!ter Says:

    Congrats with your anniversary!
    For sure, I will read it.

  2. Dougie Says:

    Have you tried PDF Creator?

    You can print, say, a word doc to a “PDF” file.
    Its open-source and at no cost.

  3. walt Says:

    I might–but, I have to say, having laid out the big bucks for Acrobat, I’d certainly rather use the Acrobat plugin. (I’m assuming that Acrobat’s “distiller” function can bundle typefaces more effectively than a third-party routine…that may not be a safe assumption.)


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