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 do so, click on the Download PDF button at the top of the screen while you're editing your page, or click the PDF button from the dashboard. 

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
  • 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.
  • 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 trying to adjust the look of the PDF, we recommend using a clone of your original page. Make changes to the cloned version and view the PDF preview to see their effect. Then download your PDF when it looks ready.

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