[scribus] File size WAS editing tables
john at wexfordpress.com
Tue Jul 28 23:14:15 CEST 2009
On Monday 27 July 2009 09:13:53 pm John Beardmore wrote:
> John Culleton wrote:
> > I wept a little. You see I am still a COBOL programmer at
> > heart, and she was Grandma COBOL.
> Hmmm... I had a brief infatuation with COBOL in 1984 but if
> we're talking medieval languages I much preferred PL/1, and would
> probably have got on just fine with Algol 68.
> Never mind... In 1984 we were told that we couldn't use PL/1
> because at 500k the library was too big to fit on disk. In 1988
> we had microsoft C which came on about 20 floppies. Bummer !
> Cheers, J/.
PL/I was a conglomeration of COBOL concepts and FORTRAN concepts.
As a result it generated bulky code, and in an era when a big
mainframe had 1.5 megabytes of main memory that was a killer.
Even IBM couldn't sell it. Not enough people used it for the IBM
System Egineers to get up to speed on it so you were more or less
on your own. COBOL yet lives, and P:L/I is just a memory.
While I am at it, I have a file size question. I have a publisher
who limits e-books to 3MB. The rationale is that some purchasers
are still on dial-up. Scribus is notorious for generating great
big pdf's, so much so that I did my e-book referenced below in
pdftex which is pretty economical. Given e.g., a pdf 1.4 or 1.5
file created by Scribus, with lots of png screen shots and the
like, what is the accepted wisdom for shrinking the file while
retaining the content?
Thus far I have thought of loading the pdf into Acrobat Reader,
printing to file, and then doing a ps2pdf on that file but that
might make things bigger. Any thoughts?
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