Downsize large PDFs

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I have very large PDFs like 200M with about 140,000 pages. It is a monthly job and there are about 10 of these kinds of jobs. So lets say 10, 200M large files per month. I am looking for a way to keep them on the web server. They are statements and I have problem with pulling everyone's statement out on the fly. So I am thinking of creating individual PDFs for each person then I won't  be worried for making them on the fly. Still I have problem with storing all these files on the server specially when I create individual files the whole taken space will be more than when I keep only one large PDF, so lets say for each job I need more than 200M per month. I may create AFP files instead of PDF if you have any solution for working with AFP files. Please let me know if you have any ideas to solve this problem, maybe decoding the files, keeping them as binary files, or anything else..... Thanks, Ellie

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Asp.Net, MSSql

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well files for pdf ‘s is getting bigger as time goes by, another reason that the files is really big it could be that they made a multi-page pdf file for everything and the same time network play also in read/write operation on the said pdf files your having problems with best solution for storage space is get additional storage capacity for your web server.

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You can also compress those files to make them smaller. Windows XP and later can zip files, but WinRAR can compress them even smaller.

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  • Ellie
    Thanks for the reply. I was thinking if I could convert the pdfs to binary and keep it as files system, then convert it back to pdf on the fly. Do you think that might be an option? Thanks.
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  • TomLiotta
    I have to point out that they are already "binary". Can you elaborate on what you're thinking? Are you meaning "compressed"? Tom
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  • Ellie
    There is a way to save pdfs in sql tables as binary. I don't want to keep it in a database but I am thinking if I use the same method to conver pdf to binary, but save it as a file system not in a database. I am thinking it would take less space than the actual pdf if the theory is feasible at all. Thanks, Ellie
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  • TomLiotta
    the same method to conver pdf to binary Once again, they already are "binary". You appear to be meaning "compressed" (or "zipped" might be another way of saying it). Zipping them up (or "compressing" them) has an excellent chance of using less space. Windows has supported a kind of native "compressed" file since WinXP. As noted earlier, other compression products can achieve better (smaller) results. The resulting streamfiles can be stored just like any streamfile in a directory or as BLOBs in a column in a database table. Since the sizes will be potentially very large even after compression, I would first look at how I'd manage them as streamfiles. I wouldn't consider them as BLOBs until I "compressed" at least a few dozen random ones, just to build my knowledge of what I would be dealing with. Tom
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  • TSdfw
    Hello, have you reviewed the settings of the PDF generator/printer (like Print quality
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  • WoodEngineer
    Do you want to keep the statements on the web server so customer can view them?  Breaking apart that many pages sounds like a huge task.
    What is your goal?
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