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appcf file modification

What setting do you need to modify to get output close to adobe distiller. When using the standard.appcf the file size is 300 mb for the manual I am publishing. I would like to replicate the standard and press quality settings used in adobe distiller. I have looked in the help, but I am not sure of all the settings that would need to be adjusted.

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Bryon

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Re: appcf file modification

Hi Bryon,

I think your question is a bit too vague for anyone to offer a proper response. In what way would you like the output to be "close to adobe distiller"? You reference a 300MB file size, does that mean you want the PDF smaller?

Assuming you just want the PDF smaller, we have found that large PDF file sizes are almost always due to the images contained in the PDF. In rare occasions it can also be due to font embedding (particularly for Chinese fonts which contain thousands of gylphs). If you have a copy of Adobe Acrobat you can use the "Audit Space Usage" tool to identify which parts of the PDF are too large, e.g. https://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/how-to-audit-and-optimize-a-pdf-file

If you are able provide more detailed information about what you're after, then someone may be able to provide a better response.

-Gareth

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Thanks for the response Gareth, Yes file size is what I am after. We currently use fosi and SMA with distiller. When out put a file we use the press and standard options. When publishing my test map through the standard.appcf file it produces a pdf file that is 354.5 mb. I then created a postscript file. Using the postscript file, I sent it through distiller and created the two version we require, a web version (Adobe Standard: 27.7 mb) and a print version (Press: 139.4 mb), these are the sizes I would have expected to see out put out of appcf. We have tried modifying the appcf file but it seems that as soon as you turn on image compression, it causes publishing to fail. Here is a case about file size https://support.ptc.com/appserver/cs/view/solution.jsp?n=CS213411&art_lang=en&posno=3&q=image%20comp.... We have downloaded the sample files and have published with limited success so far file size is with in 2 mb of the standard.appcf file.



I will try the adobe audit space usage tool and see what it says. We use all cgms in editor, mostly line drawings from IsoDraw.

Bryon

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CGM you say.. which version of Arbortext?

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we have been using 6.1 m090 and 7.0 m040. Is there potentially a suggestion on a better authoring option? I see that when we publish everything is converted to eps before it distills it.

Thanks

Bryon

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Assuming your publishing is via the APP engine, have you tried to set the graphicapptransform preference to see if that helps? https://support.ptc.com/appserver/cs/view/solution.jsp?n=CS141364

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Hello Gareth, our graphicapptransform is already set to: cgm,idr,iso,isoz:pdf. We are moving to a CMS system and have gone through all the images to make them as small as possible for the CMS.

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Bryon

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In that case I think you need to have the PDFs analyzed in order to determine the details of the blowout and then suggest possible resolutions. PTC Support should be able to assist or failing that you could engage an Arbortext specialist such as our company (www.gpsl.co).

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Thanks for the help Gareth, we use a zip file to distribute the arbortext application. What do I need to do to get editor to look in the custom, app folder to see the appcf file? The help center says that this is one of the default locations for it to be located in.

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Bryon

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The default .appcf files are in the "app" folder within Editor/PE. According to Help Center "set appconfigfile" topic, you can use "set appconfigfile" to force a certain file to be used. If you use a simple filename for that command, it will search inside the custom folder for the current doctype, either at the root level or in the "app" folder.

Using .zip file deployment works just as regular custom folders, the only difference is Arbortext will download, unzip and manage the custom folder location.

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