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    PDF file sizes/number of pages - is there a "practical" limit ?

    Hi everyone,

    Your advice/experience would be much appreciated....
    I have been sent a PDF file for printing which is 1.4GB / 516,000 pages.

    To me, this is an unreasonably large PDF file and I would like to advise the supplier to produce smaller/more manageable files.

    Yes, I can open it in Acrobat and SumatraPDF etc.. but when I try to split the file in tools such as PDFTK then the problems start - it is just too big to handle and PDFTK hangs.

    I'm looking for some technically sound reasons I can give to the customer as to why they would be better off producing multiple smaller files...

    Have you had a similar experience ?

    Your advice on this would be very much appreciated...

    Thanks
    Steve

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    Why not split in Acrobat itself?

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    Why not split in acrobat ?

    It can be split in Acrobat - proof that acrobat can do some things better than free/opensource products if anyone needed it... (given the choice I'd prefer to use the free/opensource alternative but in this case it was not an option...)

    However, my point is that the original file is just too big.
    After all, PDF by definition means "Portable..."

    IMHO this file isn't fulfilling that otherwise I could use any software to open/edit the file.

    Is PDF really a suitable format for such large files ?
    Has anyone had a similar experience with files of a similar size and how did they handle this ?
    eg Did they suggest that the customer produces multiple smaller PDF's instead of composing 1 extremely large file ?

    Thanks again,
    Steve.

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