PRO - Graphic Link to PDF

At my website, http://www.wacondatrader.com - I utilize the Graphic
Link to PDF action. We have about 200 people a week that download the
complete PDF of our weekly shopper of one edition, about 75 of the
other edition. I also keep the previous week’s editions available.
Since we are already using PDF to send finished pages to our printer,
and with the Graphic Link to PDF action, the work to generate the
content is fairly quick and simple. The major drawback is that each
file averages 7.5MB and I think if one even looks at that particular
action cross-eyed Freeway re-uploads all of the PDFs on that page. Is
there a way around this, other than uploading to a folder on my
website outside of what Freeway uses (using an FTP app like
Cyberduck), and and doing a plain old hyperlink?

Joe


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If it were me, I would write a micro-CMS just to manage these files.
I’d put a file upload on an admin page, add a few database fields for
description and date, and then use a one-line PHP include in Freeway
to pull in the last few editions to one page, and an archive by date
for the older stuff. Freeway – even using an Action, is going to want
to upload everything on your page each time you do pretty much anything.

You can mitigate the damage to an extent by creating a folder for
these files and their index page to live in, then create a second
Freeway file that only knows to upload to that folder. But all that’s
going to do for you is make it less likely that a change to another
page in your site isn’t going to inadvertently trigger this massive
upload. It’s still going to be a lengthy process to upload your index
page whenever you add a new file and/or delete an old one.

Walter

On Mar 30, 2009, at 6:06 PM, Joe Sporleder wrote:

The major drawback is that each file averages 7.5MB and I think if
one even looks at that particular action cross-eyed Freeway re-
uploads all of the PDFs on that page.


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On 30 Mar 2009, at 23:06, Joe Sporleder wrote:

The major drawback is that each file averages 7.5MB …

Joe, how are you producing your PDFs? If you use Acrobat make sure you
are reducing the files and optimising for web versions. I had a
similar problem with a client who needed to have his 36 pp A4
catalogue available for download. I was able to reduce the 14.3 MB
press quality document to 1.8 MB office printer quality, for web
download, taking barely 5 minutes of my time and entirely within
Acrobat.

Colin


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