|Theory Behind PDF File Use At Bally Alley|
Portable Document Format (PDF) files are but one of a number of ways that documents can be distributed easily over the Internet. It is in almost exclusive use here at Bally Alley. This is done for ease-of-use (both for the reader and myself). I know that people look at the size of some of these documents and cringe. Some of the large files might require hours to download on slower modems. I wish I could make the files smaller, but that would require re-typing everything. Though, if a large enough group of people each typed two or three pages per person...
It certainly is better to have the files available, no matter how large the size or how long the download takes, then to not have them available at all. Besides, my hope is that all this documentation can be distributed on CD-ROM, thus eliminating the file-size, time-related hassles.
Moving From Paper to PDF
Here are the steps I take to get PDF files online here at Bally Alley. It's a simple, but time-consuming process.
The combined files are now much smaller than the original TIFFs would be, and are in a format that is easier to deal with: PDF. The completed PDF file is then uploaded to Bally Alley for everyone to use and enjoy.