Troubleshooting tips for PDF layout

While Qwilr was built for the web, we know sometimes your clients still need a PDF copy. We built our PDF export tool for that need. Translating the web to print can be finicky, though, and sometimes things may not translate exactly the way you're hoping. Here are some troubleshooting steps to get the best PDF experience possible.

Note: We always recommend sharing the web version of your Qwilr Page whenever possible. This allows you to track activity in your analytics and gives your clients the best experience, with mobile views, interactive videos and embeds, and all the other great Qwilr benefits.

Use the PDF Preview

Make sure you're using the PDF Preview option to get a sense of how your PDF will look. There are a couple of ways to access the preview. You can click on the Download PDF icon at the top right corner while you're editing your page.

Alternatively, you can click the More Actions icon (3 dots) from your dashboard. Then choose Create PDF from the drop-down menu.

From there, you can choose the PDF display options you need, like A4 vs Letter or Portrait vs Landscape. But most importantly, you can preview what the PDF will look like before downloading so you can quickly make refinements.

Making PDF-specific edits

Sometimes you may decide to make changes to a Qwilr Page so that it looks a specific way in the PDF download. In those cases, we recommend cloning the page and then editing that clone - that way you still have the original version that looks great on the web. 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Splash block backgrounds will always fill a full page on your PDF
  • Video splash backgrounds will revert to the thumbnail image that's set for the video
  • Each block equals at least 1 page on your PDF
  • Each new block will start a new page in your PDF
  • Any embedded web content will be disabled in your PDF. Using the PDF settings menu shown above, you can choose to include those pages (which will have a placeholder and a link to the web version) or exclude them.
  • Video Blocks and inline videos will display in the PDF as a placeholder, with a link to view the video online. You can also use the settings menu above to exclude them.
  • Pages will break differently depending on the size or page layout of your PDF
  • Font sizes in the PDF won't match the web version exactly, but we do convert the size ratios. So for example if your H2 is larger than your H1 in the web version, that will be true in your PDF as well.

A few things to try

If you're trying to adjust the layout of your PDF, here are some helpful tips:

 Again, if you're prioritizing the look of the PDF over the look of the web page, we recommend using a clone of your original page. 

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