If you created a PDF form with SAP Interactive Form by Adobe or with Adobe LiveCycle Designer you sometimes get a large form which in essention is just a small form. When creating forms for customers of NL for Business, I saw my form just get bigger and bigger when adding one or two more fields.
Well heres the number one TIP to get smaller files. Its a bit of a work when dealing with multi page or large number of fields / text pages but you will have to remove all the fonts from your fields, texts and other text objects and choose a Adobe font for it. Yes, I understand that sometimes this is not according to your layout specs, but let me give you a example. 1 form, 1 field, 1 text object. Lets take the font Arial for this job. (this font is not an Adobe font) Save it as Acrobat 7.0 Dynamic File will be : 213KB Now lets take a Adobe font for this form, lets take the Minion Pro font. Save the form as Acrobat 7.0 Dynamic File size will be : 143KB Hello . thats like 70KB less ! Now . lets add the same amount of text objects and text fields. And make half of them BOLD. Arial file size is . 413KB Minion Pro (an Adobe Font) is 280KB now we are talking about a difference of 133KB !!!!!! So, if you like to start making lightweight Adobe Forms start with choosing the right Adobe font for you. Adobe fonts start with the letter a (color red). Trust me you will find them in your Adobe LiveCycle Designer font window (SHIFT+F4).