Dear All,

My colleague came with this query and I hope some of you could give us some
ideas or suggestion:

Our Digital Multimedia Center (DMC) scanning project can produce very large
PDF files. They will have PDFs that are about 25Mb and some may move into
the 100Mb range. If we provide a link to a PDF of that large, a user may not
want to try to download it even though she really needs to see the
information. In the past, DMC has created a lower quality, smaller versions
to the original file to reduce the size. Some thoughts have been tossed
around to reduce the duplication or the work (e.g. no more creating the
lower quality PDF manually.)

They are wondering if there is an application that we could point to the end
user, who might need it due to poor internet access, that if used will
simplify the very large file transfer for the end user. Basically:
- a client software that tells the server to manipulate and reduce the file
on the fly
- a server app that would to the actual manipulation of the file and then
deliver it to the end user.

Personally, I'm not really sure about the client software part. It makes
more sense to me (from the user's perspective) that we provide a "download
the smaller size of this large file" link that would trigger the server-side
apps to manipulate the big file. However, we're all ears for any suggestions
you might have.


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