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1. Posted by McCaffreyD (Budding Member 20 posts) 48w

Hi, I am trying to print the blog. I started with what I thought was the easy version - the PDF, but I keep getting an error message, I sniped it out - but this page doesn't allow me to insert a picture. The Error message says that the problem is on Travellerspoint side.

It's a long blog that I am trying to print, 34 entries. It says it has timed out. How can I fix it?

2. Posted by McCaffreyD (Budding Member 20 posts) 48w

So I have been testing the whole printing ordeal and these are my accomplishments.

When I break up the blog into smaller pieces I can save it as a PDF.
I have also saved it in the html format.

Weird things:

  1. I n both cases the font is not the one I choose but different fonts throughout the documents. Even in one page there could be two different styles.

  1. The maps don't show in the html format. I haven't tried printing it, but they are not in the preview, just an empty space.

3. Posted by McCaffreyD (Budding Member 20 posts) 48w

No replies so far?
Hmmm.... does that mean someone is trying to fix it?

Anyway, I will give you feedback about my "testing". The whole PDF thing is not working for me cause I can't be saving it by 5 entries, right?

So I moved on to the html file. I managed fiddle with it in all different ways and maybe I have achieved to synchronize the font. But it is office mouse work.

Still when generate the print version it doesn't show the maps. So I learned how to save it and then I opened it in Opera, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. My conclusion:
Opera - no maps
Firefox - every map appear there twice
Chrome - no maps
Explorer - no maps

I wish one of the versions worked and just had one map, the one I inserted into my blog, ufffff.

PLEASE HELP! Thank you!

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4894 posts) 48w

I wish I could say anything meaningful to help you here, but unfortunately these are the types of problems that need Peter (the admin) to take a look at them. The timeout with the PDF generation might be a relatively easy fix for him, by just setting that threshold a bit higher. The maps'll probably be quite a bit harder, because that's mostly controlled by Google, and I have no idea what kind of control travellerspoint has on how they appear.

Anyway, Peter is generally pretty good with replying and investigating, but he's also frequently very busy, so it might take a day or two still...

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 47w

The PDF generation of large blogs (particularly with many photos) is a problem that I can't really work around easily I'm afraid. Saving it in sections and then joining it with a PDF application might be a workaround, though clearly not that convenient from your point of view.

The most reliable option is to go with the HTML and if you want to generate a PDF then (at least on a Mac) you can print the page and in the printer settings choose PDF as an option.

If I were to rework this section, I probably would get rid of the PDF option entirely and focus on making a better HTML print option.

Maps would still be a problem because Google Maps doesn't allow printing of their maps. I think when we first set it up that must have been different, because I distinctly remember printing maps at one point. There is really no easy way for me to work around that one at this point. The best option is to take a screengrab of the map and print that individually.

6. Posted by McCaffreyD (Budding Member 20 posts) 47w

Thank you so much. The maps have miraculously loaded eventually, as I have been fighting the matter in the past week.... I used Chrome for that...

The blog may be long and may have a lot of photos, which is why I would like to print it and make a kind of a book from it, which I think people must be attracted to doing sometimes, no?

Forget about the PDF thing then, cause I would like to have the maps included anyway. I will try to master the HTML version. Though I am not sure if I will be able to send a html version of the blog to a print shop. My printer would not be good enough to print the photos, so I was thinking to have it printed somewhere professional. Oh, well, I will check that.

Either way, thank you for getting back to me!

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 47w

Yes, it's definitely not an unusual request.

Actually, this service is now supporting Travellerspoint as a source to print a physical book form. Maybe give them a go. I had discussions with them last year about, but I see now that is is live on their site as an option :) It will still require the HTML printing step but then you can upload it to their site and they can *hopefully* turn it into a book for you.

Please do let me know how it goes

8. Posted by McCaffreyD (Budding Member 20 posts) 47w

Thank you - the link looks good! Will let you know if I use them.

9. Posted by McCaffreyD (Budding Member 20 posts) 45w

Are you ready for an update?

So somehow my saving the blog into the html does not let me save the maps at the moment. Tried it from Chrome and FireFox and none of it saves the maps, hence they are not transferred into the IntoRealPages book layout. Any idea how to fix this? Thanks!

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 45w

I think the maps are going to be a problem regardless because Google Maps licensing conditions don't allow them to be printed.

The best workaround would be to
a) take a screengrab of the map as you want it in the printed version
b) upload that screengrab as an image into the blog

Then try the print just using the images.