[scribus] File size WAS editing tables

John Beardmore John at T4sLtd.co.uk
Wed Jul 29 15:39:38 CEST 2009

John Culleton wrote:
> 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 !
> 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.

:)   You should have tried it on CP/M !

> 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. 

At least you write 'procedure options recursive' !

> 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? 

Try it ?

How much do you need to loose ?

Cheers, J/.
John Beardmore, MSc EDM (Open), B.A. Chem (Oxon), CMIOSH, AIEMA, MEI
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