Multi-page pdfs running incredibly slow (from arcpy.mapping)

Discussion created by tsemerad on Mar 7, 2011
Latest reply on Aug 22, 2011 by jbarrette-esristaff
I'm using a script that exports over 700 pages and combines them into a multi-page pdf. The pdf runs incredibly slow every time I export it, regardless of the file size, or even if there are fewer pages. I have tried adjusting the resolution and image quality, but it still runs slow.

By "running slow" I mean that it takes just under a minute for the file to fully open, and it freezes for 20 or 30 seconds each time I scroll from page to page. The pdf runs this horribly on our other computers where I work as well, and they are all powerful machines.

I tried saving it as an "Optimized" pdf in Acrobat, and although it reduced the file size by a third, it didn't improve the speed. I know that the number of pages shouldn't be the issue because we have created the same multi-page pdf in the past manually without a script, and it runs fine.

Has anyone found a solution to this?