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Is it possible to create linearized PDFs (optimized for "fast web view") using TeX with free software? (I don't have Acrobat available.)

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The fast web view is simply a method of allowing content to be displayed as it is being downloaded.

It will not, however, be fast. As such the name fast can be deviating from its meaning.

Creating PDFs on that footing is done for example using pdfopt.

If you are on UNIX it should be easy to get using your package manager, for Windows I am not so sure of sites that are trusted.

PDFcrop will also do that for you, however with additional work done, i.e. cropping your PDF.

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pdfopt does the job. (In Adobe Reader, under properties it now says, "Fast Web View: Yes", that's all I wanted.) – fuenfundachtzig Mar 8 '12 at 12:29

Use qpdf --linearize, not pdfopt.

qpdf uses a pdf library while pdfopt uses ghostscript and as such has a much larger footprint and is more fragile.

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Would you also tell about the differences between the two tools? – Andrey Vihrov Mar 9 '12 at 9:16
@AndreyVihrov: done. – Martin Schröder Mar 9 '12 at 9:26

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