How Do You Get a Reasonable Sized GeoPDF?

03-15-2021 04:20 PM
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I've tried a lot of different settings, but none of them seem to have any impact on the file size.  Witness the two snippets below.  These are all 8.5 x 11 Layouts.

Does anybody have any ideas of how to get the file size down?  I know that ArcPro makes a larger PDF than ArcMap, but this seem ridiculous.

Also, we do not want to use Adobe Acrobat to reduced the file size.  With about ten engineers making maps, this would take quite a bit of extra time and cost, and I would think for all the richness that ArcPro brings to the table, it could make output a manageable file size.


keith massie







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MVP Esteemed Contributor

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And were you following this  help topic?

Export to PDF—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

I would also look at the symbology you are using on your maps, especially if messing with resolution settings is not helping.  (By the way, a little secret tip to try: I have found that dpi exports in a factor 72 for PDF/AI are more efficient because the exported coordinates are in points.)

 A good way to test the complexity of your symbology and labeling is analyze the map for export to a web map.

Occasional Contributor III

I'm also curious as to which application you are using to view the geopdf?

Lindsay Raabe
Forest Products Commission WA
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