Since I upgraded to FrameMaker 2019, when I Publish to PDF, my file sizes are about 3x larger than when I used Save as PDF in FrameMaker 2015.
My workaround is to print to post script, then distill to PDF. Small file, good graphics.
I read in another post to generate the PDF then optimize the PDF but I found the graphics quality suffered too much.
I have read other posts on this topic but it seems that when I edit the STS file to change settings, and when I change settings for PDF Printer instance, the file size doesn't change. I am not sure if the Publish engine references the PDF Printer settings or not.
I am not sure if this is related, but when I installed FM2019, I had to manually copy some resource files to get my Welcome screen to work. Are there resources files related to pointing to the correct STS file perhaps?
IIRC, the Publish route uses a completely new engine for PDF generation. Tinkering with the Settings for PDF output should give you the lead on fixing up the size issue. BTW - make sure you have updated to the latest patch - there were PDF fixes in it (IIRC).
I am pretty sure I am up to the latest patch...when I go Help> Updates, I get a message that my app is up to date.
It doesn't seem to matter what settings I use, the file size isn't changing. I can use the "Smallest File Size" or "High Quality Print" PDF printer presets and there is no change in file size. I can cut the DPI from 600 to 300 in the "Smallest File Size" preset and there is no change to file size.
Am I doing it right: edit the presets for the PDF Printer in Windows> Devices and Printers, then in FrameMaker Publish dialog, edit the STS to use the preferred preset?
Hi CMSimard: I agree with Jeff, and will add that my understanding is that using the Publish pod (Save as PDF is the same thing as it uses the .sts file in the Publish pod) produces a better and more modern PDF than going the old route of using Distiller.
The file size of the PDF is largely dependent on the compression of the graphics. What are you doing with the PDF? Is it meant to be viewed solely on screen? Printed on an in-house printer? Being sent our for commercial printing? The document intent should guide you to selecting the correct Preset Name (aka job options file) with the correct amount of compression for the images.
Acrobat offers the PDF Optimizer to correct this decision after the fact, but if you make the right choice at the beginning, you should not have to use it.
I have tried using the Publish function with different presets but the file size is always the same within about 2KB. It is running 3x larger than prior to FrameMaker 2019 and 3x larger than when I print to postscript then distill to PDF. My main use is PDF viewed online, with occassional printing to standard laser printer. Whether I choose the High Quality Print preset or the Smallest File preset, or hack down the DPI and highly compress graphics in a custom preset, the file size is not changing.
The bug I logged is marked fixed/closed in Adobe's bug tracker. Does anyone know when the next FrameMaker 2019 update will come out, presumably containing this fix?