[pdftex] draftcopy, print file size

Joe Riel joe.riel at incep.com
Sun Jan 27 11:40:27 CET 2002

Previously I complained that using the suggested method
(AddToShipoutPicture) for printing a "Draft" notice on
pages significantly increased the print time.

Following are the results of some simple experiments
that quantify this effect.

The LaTeX file I used is the following (with one variation):
Note that I am using the times package.
The generated files pdf files have only type 1 fonts.


    \put(\strip at pt\@tempdimb,\strip at pt\@tempdimc){%


I'm using the eTeX distribution of TeX, running on a windows machine.
My version of pdftex is:

   This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159-14f-released-20000525 (Web2c 7.3.2x)

The generated pdf file was tiny, either 2825 or 2826 bytes (not Kbytes).

I then opened the pdf file in either Acro-reader 4.0
or the full version of Acrobat 5.0.0 and printed it to a file,
using either a Konica IP-011 or HP LaserJet 5000 for the
printer (driver).

I repeated the tests with the fontsize for "Draft"
increased from 5cm to 10cm.
Here are the resulting print file sizes:

Printer              fontsize=5cm   fontsize=10cm
Konica IP-011
   Reader 4.0            158K           350K
   Acrobat 5.0.0          33K           120K

HP LaserJet 5000
   Reader 4.0            377K           545K
   Acrobat 5.0.0         3.6K           4.1K

Any comments are appreciated.

Joe Riel
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