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Illustrator 10 Symbol Palette and PDF format

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I just got Illustrator 10 and I'm very interested in how the new symbol palette can reduce file size.  It says using symbols will result in a smaller SWF, SVG, or AI file.

My question is - before I invest time in trying to convert repeatedly used objects on some of my old maps to symbols - can a reduction in file size also be realized when saving to PDF format using symbols?

Or will the PDF format simply treat the symbols the same as it has always treated objects, storing each one individually?

And if symbols do affect PDF file size, here's a follow-up question:

If a symbol is stored both in the symbol palette and as a glyph in a font, is there any advantage to using the symbol from the symbol palette over simply embedding the character in the font when making a PDF?

Thanks,
Dan
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Since AI files ARE PDF files you do save space by using symbols but possibly only when renaming .ai files to .pdf and not when exporting. I havent tried this but you certainly save by renaming.

So i guess the second part of the question is moot..heh
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Sorry about the wait, Weed, I've been so busy all week I haven't had the chance to get online much.  Sounds like  a logical answer though.  I haven't had the chance to play around with the symbols and witness the file size difference first hand, but I'm going to accept as answer now.

Thank again,
Dan
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