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Open large .pdf file in browser

Need to be able to open large .pdf file in browser while it is still downloading. I've seen sites where you click on pdf's and you can see what has downloaded so far, but mine you have to wait till the whole thing downloads, which is like 20 mins. It is a commercial site so I doubt anyone will wait that long. Help please.
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mayhewCommented:
I guess I question the value of a document on a commercial site that takes 20 minutes to load.

Is it possible that you could break the file into smaller pieces that could be clicked on individually?
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criCommented:
Seems to be that you need so called 'byte serving' (page-at-a-time download), for which you need Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or later and a browser that supports these features, such as version 3.0 (or later) of Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer.

Excerpt of chapter 4 of http://www.cirrus.com/products/pdfaq.html
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TTomCommented:
cri is on target.  The trick is in the creation of the PDF file.  It must be enabled for byte serving.  I don't think, however, that this is something which can be modified once the pdf file is created.  In any case, I believe modifying it will require the full Acrobat product.

Tom
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criCommented:
TTom, thank for seconding me.

PS: Is copy and paste from a browser command line to the comment/answer editor not possible anymore in this eye-candy newlook ?
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TTomCommented:
Don't know.

http://www.experts-
exchange.com/EQ.10224584

worked for me.

What I can't figure out is the damned word wrapping.  Typing in the comment/answer box seems to be wrapping now when you enter things, but not when they get displayed.

Very distressing!

Tom
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TTomCommented:
Sometimes!!!

Tom
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criCommented:
According to some threads in EE-Support the wrapping works in comments/answering but not when you ask a question. You can also enforce a wide central 'column' by writing a long word/URL or a sequence, like *********
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
So how do I enable byte serving?
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dalehendCommented:
Someone has published a book that contains instructions on how to byte serve PDF files. It is at www.pdfzone.com:
Here is an excerpt from introduction:
The final segment of the book covers various need-to-know topics of special interest to those charged with managing
 PDF-endowed file servers. Got questions about enabling page-at-a-time "<< byte-serving>> " functionality for PDF
 documents, setting proper MIME types, understanding CGI-scriptable PDF forms and related terminology, full-text search
 and retrieval of pdf-based information, and/or on creating dynamic ("on-the-fly") portable documents? It's all here, again with
 some of the most useful tools cited available on the accompanying CD, including Merz's own "PDFlib C Library" for
 auto-generation of PDF files.
 "Web Publishing with Acrobat/PDF" belongs within easy reach on any serious user's bookshelf (as it now is on mine). Check
 it out yourself by downloading from PDFzone.com a detailed, three-page PDF Table of Contents. (Not necessary if you
 download the sample chapter, which includes the TOC.) For information on this and an earlier book on PostScript by Merz,
 visit either his or his publisher's sites -- or download the flyer in PDF listed below.
 MORE@
 WEB: Thomas Merz - home page (German & English)
 WEB: Thomas Merz - "Web Publishing with Acrobat/PDF"
 "Web Publishing ..." - Table of Contents Only [42kb]
 Sample Chapter - pdfmark primer [723kb]
 WEB: Springer-Verlag - home page
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criCommented:
dalehend, you are no newbie, so please do not jump the gun.

CustomerFirst Support
http://www.adobe.com/support/database.html

Troubleshooting Byteserving PDF
http://www.adobe.com/support/techguides/acrobat/byteserve/byteservmain.html
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dalehendCommented:
i lay sprawling, corrected.
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criCommented:
stone5150, seems to be working again, so forget my comment in the Lounge Newlook Survey.
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criCommented:
Even the second link is no good ? Then the Adobe site really must be bad. But, then why did you reject dalehend's answer ?
For me it is ok if you delete this question and re-ask it specifically for byte-serving. You might get more attention.
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TTomCommented:
Both Adobe links came up fine for me.

Tom
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criCommented:
TTom, by now I know how to circumvent the bug in E-E (always add a blank at the end of the URL), but according stone5150 the content is no good.
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TTomCommented:
I am not sure what stone5150 is looking for.

The Adobe support site cri mentioned seems to have extensive information on the browser requirements/configuration, the server requirements/configuration, and the proper preparation of PDF files for byte-serving.  I can't imagine they would go to all that trouble and then post "bad" information.

Perhaps if we knew what was not working or what is considered "no good" content, we could provide more assistance.

OTOH, I think info from cri and dalehand pretty much covers it.

Tom
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criCommented:
TTom, have a look into stone5150's comment yesterday
http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=lounge&qid=10225049 
which I used as this question was temporarely broken. He seems to have previous experience with this site.
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
I mean when I create the document how do I enable byte serving, tried it once on 4.0 and didn't work. I thought it was automatic, but seems you have to enable it when you create doc, but how.
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TTomCommented:
Not only that one, but they even have a Perl script on the next page for servers that don't currently support byte-serving.

Tom
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criCommented:
stone5150, I assume that your browser is set up correctly, as you mentioned other sites where it works. I suggest that you give the Adobe links a fair try or delete this question.
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
I will work on it this w/e and will award pts as necessary.
Thank you all for your assistance :-)
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criCommented:
And ?
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Bob StoneIT GuruAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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