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Are PDF versions of files always compressed?

by TripTripTrip / August 30, 2012 7:21 AM PDT

I've just noticed that when I convert a document to a PDF, the pages become slightly compressed.

I took a Word document and converted it to a PDF using 1) Word's 'save as' function and 2) Paperport's Image printer. I then printed out all three versions. The version printed from Word was 'full' size while the two PDFs were somewhat (and identically) compressed.

Is there anywhere I can adjust this so the text in my PDFs is the same size as it is in the original document?

Thanks for your help,


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 30, 2012 7:35 AM PDT

PDF is for viewing and printing and has little need to be much beyond 300 DPI. I'll keep it short for now but that's the long and short reason.

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 31, 2012 3:59 AM PDT

Could be a 'feature' of your pdf-reader when printing. Or something with the difference between 'letter' format and 'A4' format.

Foxit reader has a 'scaling' feature. If I noticed the same as you do, I'd try 101% or 102%.


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