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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-09-2012, 07:10 AM
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MS42 PDF for thread

I'm following a thread on B-forums and want to upload a PDF larger than the max size there.
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1928185

Perhaps someone here has a flash of brilliant insight
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File Type: pdf SEIMENS_MS_420_ENGINE_CONTROL_SYSTEM.pdf (2.42 MB, 116 views)
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:53 AM
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No flash of insight here, but you might be able to split the file into smaller pdf files. Also, recent versions of Word open and save pdf formatted files.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:02 AM
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Thanks for the thought. But I don't have a PDF editor and my Word 2007 will open the file but won't decode it into anything human readable.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:32 AM
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There are some freeware pdf splitters out there, but I've never used them.

I may be able to do this in a few days, if you can wait. What's the maximum size?
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:03 AM
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Thanks for the offer.
There is no urgency. I've put the link to this thread in the other one. Anyone interested will be able to find the file here.
I'll google for PDF splitters. But if you have a recommendation please do let us know for future needs.
Come to think of it, I think that Bluebee may have suggested one a year or so ago. It did at the very least remove passwords from a PDF. I'll have to search her best links.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:10 AM
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Bluebee does seem to have a good knowledge of this sort of thing.
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RDL, Does this help?
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:23 AM
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RDL, Does this help?
Thank you, that was very thoughtful.
I've PM'd you too.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:19 AM
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Why not externally host the file? Dropbox,sugarsync, etc.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:37 PM
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I'll look here to see if what you need is already listed (if not, I'll add it when we're done):
- How to post, shrink, modify, edit, annotate, merge, & upload pictures and PDFs for posting on Bimmerfest (1)

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if you have a recommendation please do let us know for future needs.
Seeing that the file is already split, I'll focus on seeing how small we can get the original file (with the results being usable).

I generally use my Windows Adobe Acrobat (the writer, not the reader) to shrink PDFs (but I'm on Linux at the moment).
On Linux, we split and merge from the command line:
  • SPLIT:
  • $ /usr/bin/pdftk foo.pdf burst
  • MERGE:
  • $ /usr/bin/pdftk *.pdf cat output foo.pdf
  • DELETE PAGES 6 to 11:
  • /usr/bin/pdftk old.pdf cat 1-5 12-end output new.pdf
  • COMPRESS:
  • $ /usr/bin/pdftk big.pdf output small.pdf compress
  • $ /usr/bin/convert big.pdf -compress Zip small.pdf
  • $ /usr/bin/gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -sOutputFile=small.pdf big.pdf
  • $ qpdf --linearize input.pdf output.pdf
  • $ pdf2ps big.pdf very_big.ps; ps2pdf very_big.ps small.pdf
Drat!
Running PDF-Toolkit compression above, but using defaults, didn't result in a file that was all that much smaller.
Code:
$ /usr/bin/pdftk big.pdf output small.pdf compress
$ ls -l
-rw-rw-r--. 2540544 Dec 10 13:51 big.pdf
-rw-rw-r--. 2531750 Dec 10 13:52 small.pdf
I'll have to wait 'till I'm near Windows to try the Adobe Acrobat compression algorithm, but, in the meantime, I can try Linux Imagemagick:
Code:
$ convert big.pdf -compress Zip small.pdf
   **** Warning: File has a corrupted %%EOF marker, or garbage after %%EOF.
   **** This file had errors that were repaired or ignored.
   **** The file was produced by: 
   **** >>>> Acrobat Distiller 4.0 for Windows <<<<
   **** Please notify the author of the software that produced this
   **** file that it does not conform to Adobe's published PDF
   **** specification.
$ ls -l
-rw-rw-r--. 1 2540544 Dec 10 13:51 big.pdf
-rw-rw-r--. 1 2578947 Dec 10 14:08 small.pdf
Drat! Imagemagick didn't create a file that was all that much smaller either.

Let me try GhostScript:
Code:
$ /usr/bin/gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -sOutputFile=small.pdf big.pdf
   **** Warning: File has a corrupted %%EOF marker, or garbage after %%EOF.
$ ls -l
-rw-rw-r--. 2540544 Dec 10 13:51 big.pdf
-rw-rw-r--. 2507426 Dec 10 14:13 small.pdf
We're getting smaller - but not appreciably so.

Let's try PDF-to-PostScript & PostScript-to-PDF:
Code:
$ pdf2ps big.pdf very_big.ps;  ps2pdf very_big.ps small.pdf
   **** Warning: File has a corrupted %%EOF marker, or garbage after %%EOF.
$ ps2pdf very_big.ps small.pdf
-rw-rw-r--. 2540544 Dec 10 13:51 big.pdf
-rw-rw-r--. 6257700 Dec 10 14:21 small.pdf
-rw-rw-r--. 25028482 Dec 10 14:20 very_big.ps
Ouch!

WIP WIP WIP

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It did at the very least remove passwords from a PDF.
Shhhh!
Now I have to shoot you!

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Today we had a need to convert a password-protected PDF file into a non-password-protected PDF file (so we could edit and modify as desired).

I edit mostly on Linux nowadays but since most of you are on Windows, here's one way to instantly & legitimately remove all protections from a PDF on Windows.
  1. Download GPL Ghostscript 9.00 for 32-bit Windows (gs900w32.exe)
  2. Download GSview release v4.9 Win32 self extracting archive (gsv49w32.exe)
  3. Optional: Download ps2edit (pstoeditsetup350.exe)
  4. Run each of those installers in the order downloaded above
  5. Bring up GSView by clicking on its shortcut
  6. File->Open->protected_pdf_file.pdf
  7. File->Convert (pdfwrite, 600dpi, all pages, ok)
  8. It will ask for a file name for the new editable PDF file
  9. Wait for the task to complete
  10. Voila! An editable PDF file exactly like the original protected PDF file
At this point, you can do anything with the PDF that you want, even open it up in Adobe Acrobat (the writer, not the reader) and edit and/or save it to your heart's content.

For example, in Adobe Acrobat, you can save as JPEGs or as TEXT or RTF (MS Word) or whatever you like to save it as.

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Bluebee does seem to have a good knowledge of this sort of thing.
As a program manager for years, there were few document formatting or reading problems that I couldn't somehow work around on the various computer platforms.

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Why not externally host the file?
External is ok; but the problem is that they die at a different rate than the web thread does - so it's best left in the thread. Plus many external sites require logins to view the docs.
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