6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 13, 2013 4:52 AM by disabled_ScottKoontz

    Save as PDF takes time

    user16773

      Hi All,

       

      We have an application where we have an Invoice layout with some formatting. When we do the 'save as PDF' for current record. It takes around 20-25 seconds for One PDF.

      We have similar 2-3 PDFs to be generated usnder one button click which turns out to be around 1 minute to generate. Our client is not happy wit this speed.

       

      Any suggestions by which we can improve the speed when saving as PDF?

       

      Thanks in advance.

        • 1. Re: Save as PDF takes time
          fourier48

          Which version of FM? Are there any calculations on the specific layout? Any graphic elements?

          Too many questions open in order to make reasonable suggestions.

          Regards

          • 2. Re: Save as PDF takes time
            cortical

            create a dedicated print layout(s), and remove redundancies

            • 3. Re: Save as PDF takes time
              james_quiggins

              Hi user16773,

              I have a few questions.

              1. Could you post a screen shot of your layout?

              2. What version of FileMaker are you using?

              3. What version was the file created with?

              4. Can you reproduce in new files?

              5. How large (MB) is the PDF that's created?

              6. What Compatibility setting is being used within the "PDF Options" dialog box?

              Thanks,

              James Quiggins

              FileMaker Inc.

              • 4. Re: Save as PDF takes time
                user16773

                Hi James,

                 

                1.

                Invoice.png

                 

                2. File is being currently used in FileMaker 12. File is hosted on FileMaker Server 12 via Citrix.

                 

                3. I got .fp7(From FileMaker 11) converted into .fmp12 file from the client. I have asked the client for more insight on the version of FileMaker being used while creation of the file. I will get back to you on this.

                 

                4. Can you please throw more light on what do you mean by this.

                 

                5. PDF file size is around 400KB.

                 

                6. Compatibility is Acrobat 7 and later.

                 

                Thanks.

                • 5. Re: Save as PDF takes time
                  user16773

                  Hi,

                   

                  File is being currently used in FileMaker 12. File is hosted on FileMaker Server 12 via Citrix.

                  There are no calculations on the invoice layout.

                  No graphic elements are on the layout. There is a global container field for the company logo on the layout.

                  Hope this will help.

                   

                  Thanks.

                  • 6. Re: Save as PDF takes time

                    Simplification always made a difference for me. Align text baselines on rows, align left edges, use same font throughout PDF if possible, avoid font attribute changes when possible.

                     

                    For testing kicks, if you duplicated the layout, removed the containers, made all text the same font, size, etc, and align them carefully, does your PDF become smaller and print quickly?

                     

                    You mention a global container -- did you try printing with this removed? Also, does citrix somehow effect the printing time? What happens with a standard FMP client?