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Chapter 16. PDF Files and the Web > Optimizing PDF Files for Online Viewing

Optimizing PDF Files for Online Viewing

When a Web server delivers a PDF one page at a time, it's called byte-serving. In order for byte-serving to work, the PDF files must first be optimized. You can set optimization as the default behavior, although in Acrobat 5 or earlier you have to select optimization as an option at the time you save a file. Byte-serving is a function of the server hosting the PDF files, not a function of Acrobat. The following task shows you how to prepare a PDF file for a server on which byte-serving is enabled.

To optimize PDF files for byte-serving

1.
Choose Edit/Acrobat > Preferences to open Acrobat Preferences.

2.
In the list on the left side of the window, select General.

3.
Make sure that the Save As Optimizes for Fast Web View option is checked (Figure 16.4).

Figure 16.4. You must check the Save As Optimizes for Fast Web View option to allow users to download your PDF one page at a time.


4.
Click OK.

Any file you save should now be optimized, and can be sent to the browser one page at a time.

It's important to note, however, that optimization is not guaranteed when you save a modified PDF file. You must select File > Save As and save the file with a different name.


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