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I am a new user to LaTex. Is there an upper limit to the PDF generable from Latex?

What about performance? Suppose I would want to write a 500 pg long book on PDF, at what point is it going to seriously hinder the speed for viewing my PDF file?

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  • Welcome to TeX.SE. The objective of your posting is somewhat ambiguous: Are you concerned about the time it may take to compile the tex file and create a 500-page pdf file, or about the ease/speed of viewing the pdf file in a suitable viewer? Please tell us more about the structure of the file: Is it all just text, are there images (and how large and complex are these images), are there hyperlinked cross-references, are there indexes and bibliographies, etc? – Mico Jul 16 '15 at 0:16
  • 500 pages is not really big for latex but it depends on contents – touhami Jul 16 '15 at 0:19
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    My 240-page novel takes about 15 seconds to compile, on a machine that is not state of the art. That's using microtype, which no doubt slows it down a bit. Being a novel, it has no graphs, charts, tables, hyperlinks, included images, or bibliography. – RobtA Jul 16 '15 at 0:30
  • I've typeset the public-domain KJV to be about 850 pages – XeTeX just powers through it like rice in water. – Sean Allred Jul 16 '15 at 0:40

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