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Re: Exported PDFs are too big in file size.
File > Print Selection > Save As PDF causes the graphic to be rasterized. This is why it displays so much quicker in the viewer application. You can get the same behavior from File > Save Selection As > PDF by clicking on the Options button in the Save As dialog and setting Graphics Containing Smooth Shading > Use Bitmap Representation. Unfortunately, this results in a larger file size because of a limitation of Mathematica 6 where it does not compress exported bitmaps. This limitation has been removed for a future release. -Rob Wolfram Research