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5. Manipulating PDF Files > 67. Support Online PDF Reading

Support Online PDF Reading

Serve PDF pages on demand and spare readers a long download.

Sometimes readers want to download the entire document; sometimes they want to read just a few pages. If a reader desires to read a single page from your PDF, she shouldn’t be stuck downloading the entire document. A large document download will turn her away. The easiest solution is to configure your PDF and your web server for serving individual pages on request. An alternative is to use our PDF skins [Hack #71] .

Prepare the PDF

To permit page-at-a-time delivery over the Web, a PDF must be linearized . Linearization organizes a PDF’s internal structure so that a client can request the PDF resources it needs on a byte-by-byte basis. If the reader wants to see page 12, then the client requests only the data it needs to display page 12.


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