[pdftex] PDF File Size

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed Jun 8 01:06:55 CEST 2011

On 2011-06-07 at 05:07:08 -0400, Victor Ivrii wrote:
 > On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 4:21 AM, Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:

 > > Smaller files can be obtained when using XeTeX or LuaTeX with Latin
 > > Modern OpenType fonts instead of Computer Modern.  But this requires
 > > changes in texinfo.tex.
 > How much smaller?

If all the Type 1 fonts in the PDF files at


are replaced by CFF fonts (CFF is used in OTF), then the size of the
whole directory shrinks from 21 MB to 7 MB.

This example is quite extreme because the font sample files don't
contain much text.

The point is that Type 1 fonts are encrypted and you can't compress
random numbers efficiently.  The CFF format is quite similar to Type 1
but the glyphs are described in a much more compact format and no
encryption is applied.

Please note that OTF can contain Type 1 or TrueType fonts.  Type 1
fonts are stored as CFF in OTF and are quite small.  TrueType fonts
are always larger because they contain 2nd order bezier curves and
thus need more curve segments.


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