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Display size of PDF created by Pages in Browsers

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PaulWhite Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Mar 17, 2013 5:14 AM



I have created a document using pages and exported it as PDF.


Looking at it in Pages (scale 100%) is fine. It prints DIN A4 perfectly.


I put it on my Web-Server and put a link to it . Except for Firefox, no matter what other browser I try it comes up huge. I know, one can change the display scale in most browsers, (can't find it in IE8) but it is a nuisance. Other peoples PDF's don't seem to do this. Has it to do with it being created by Pages or does anyone know any other reason/solution?





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  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,135 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 6:45 AM (in response to PaulWhite)



    Here's something you can easily try...


    In Pages, File > Print > PDF > Open PDF in Preview


    Then in, File > Print > PDF > Save as PDF, and in the Print Dialog, choose the Paper Size corresponding to your desired final format, and then click the Print button.



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,250 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 7:11 AM (in response to PaulWhite)

    That is available in Adobe Acrobat, you can choose whether the initial view is small, medium or large.


    I suspect in this case as nothing is set, or set where the browser can't find it, the initial view is at 72dpi, hence the huge size.



  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,725 points)

    I have had the behaviour in Adobe Reader on PC with Windows XP. The pages got mega large. Not all PDFs created from Pages though. Mostley they have been as expected.

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,135 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to PaulWhite)



    I expect that Peter is correct because he has lots of experience with Acrobat, but I'm curious about your changing paper size in Preview. I didn't suggest that you change it, just that you set it properly in Preview's Print dialog, in case it somehow had defaulted to something else.


    I wasn't aware of the display size flag that both you and Peter seem to be familiar with, so disregard my suggestion.





  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,675 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 8:03 AM (in response to PaulWhite)

    Pages PDF generation is not the problem.


    With the same Acrobat Reader 11.0.02 installed on Windows 7 and OS X 10.8.3, the page display resolution reported by Reader on OS X is 81 ppi, and on Windows, as 96 ppi. Simply put, the same PDF, at the same enlargement setting, would image smaller on OS X than when viewed on Windows 7.


    You can test this easily. On the Mac, open a PDF in Reader. Open the Reader preferences and visit Page display > Resolution. Key in 96 ppi and press ok. The PDF image enlarges.


    Browsers that still use the Acrobat PDF plugin, or use Reader as a helper application, allow the user to change the viewed PDF enlargement setting, but not the display resolution used. Browsers that offer built-in PDF viewing support (Chrome, Firefox 19) do not. I changed the Reader page display resolution preference, and the Acrobat PDF plug-in did not change viewed PDF size. Even on a refresh of the PDF. It may be hard-wired to use the system default or a calculated default -- perhaps as do the Chrome and current Firefox PDF solutions.


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