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should we deliver pdf files in a different way?

 
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It seems like there were a lot of problems/headaches with this last one (the rmh manual). Maybe there is a 'pdf cleaner' that will make it easier for more people to read it? Or maybe we should make our page to download the file a little different? Suggestions?
 
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What about creating a "dropbox" type account and allowing people access to download the files? There is also https://www.wetransfer.com/ and things like that, though they are usually good for 30 days or less. I use the latter for sharing audiobooks with friends and the previous for resumes, articles, and text files...etc..

I guess in the end, either way, you're emailing a ton of people with various technical capacities and amounts of internet access.

Thanks for the hard work!
 
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I can appreciate your 'windows' from a we aren't going to share this with the world for free and bandwidth costs money... But for a guy that missed all your 'windows' to download anything(granted I was only a 5$ supporter because of my NetSpend problem). With the membership software available now a larger window would seem possible. As far as catching 'windows' of hours or even a week, being out on the road I may go a week without any internet activity. And my smartphone just wont allow for downloads to it. I have gmail and it supports receiving and sending files, it would be so nice instead of having to respond to a window that supporters would just get their pdfs and streams sent upon receipt of payment.
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Colin Nelson wrote: What about creating a "dropbox" type account and allowing people access to download the files? There is also https://www.wetransfer.com/ and things like that, though they are usually good for 30 days or less. I use the latter for sharing audiobooks with friends and the previous for resumes, articles, and text files...etc..

I guess in the end, either way, you're emailing a ton of people with various technical capacities and amounts of internet access.

Thanks for the hard work!



Thanks for the suggestions. I am kind of familiar with dropbox but not in this sort of context. I've only shared stuff with one other person on dropbox, so I am not really sure how to work it. Care to explain? If not, I can just look into it.



Mike Feddersen wrote:I can appreciate your 'windows' from a we aren't going to share this with the world for free and bandwidth costs money... But for a guy that missed all your 'windows' to download anything(granted I was only a 5$ supporter because of my NetSpend problem). With the membership software available now a larger window would seem possible. As far as catching 'windows' of hours or even a week, being out on the road I may go a week without any internet activity. And my smartphone just wont allow for downloads to it. I have gmail and it supports receiving and sending files, it would be so nice instead of having to respond to a window that supporters would just get their pdfs and streams sent upon receipt of payment.
Peace and permie love.



This question wasn't really referring to the time windows so I am not really going to get into that here. It is mostly referring to the freebies we offer in exchange for signing up for the dailyish email.
 
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I'm far from a guru when it comes to this, would be best to research.

wetransfer generates a link that people can click on/that can be shared.

dropbox you can select people from the address book to share with. If one created "Permieshare@gmail.com" or something like that, they could add all of those that sign up for the daily emails etc. In theory anyway.
 
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Okay well I spoke to paul and I realized that we are still stuck because how we transfer the files isn't actually the problem. Our infrastructure is fine for that. But the actual pdf file seems to be the problem. The one for the annex plans is great, but the one for the rocket mass heater manual has about a 20% failure rate. I suspect that it is the file format that is the problem.

Can somebody tell me what is wrong with the file? and how do I fix it? Can somebody help me to understand what is wrong with the file? Can I feed it into a pdf magic application that cleans it or something?
 
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The quickest fix would be to recreate the file from the source. Would that be something Ernie and Erica would have to do? A 20% failure rate sounds like some of the client machines are the problem. Whatever's wrong with the file is probably pretty subtle and may not even be something 'wrong' but something 'different'. Variables include the software used to generate the pdf (was it Acrobat?), the version and the OS. On the client side, the same variables apply. Additionally, there's the fun of corruption introduced during the file transfer but that's more rare these days and is solvable by just downloading again.
 
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Truly, that stuff is beyond my knowledge.

I'm sure someone has a tutorial on whatever program you're using to modify the PDF files. I found some for adobe acrobat, like this one: https://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/cleaning-your-pdf-documents

There is a program that converts PDF to TIFF as well, not really sure of the advantages...lots of programs to make the files smaller, some to delete borders and blank pages...etc.
 
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