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1. Posted by ImpBob36 (Full Member 15 posts) 9y

Problem - My mom wants to print out my blog and got excited about the new print options available.

She cant find a print options and when I looked, it appears to be a function available to the blog owners. She suggested I send my username and password for her to have access which is never a good idea (shes likely to graffiti my site in retaliation for all those years I messed her house up as a kid :) )

I noticed there are some options under BLOG AUTHORS but I couldn't find anything that defines what they are. If I add her as NEW AUTHOR - PUBLISHER, does this give her access to print the blog / Only print the blog?

If there is a page or information on the specifics of the AUTHOR types, please let me know.

I'm sure this would be a nice options (Print access only) for others travellers. I have dreams of the hordes of TRAVLLERSPOINT parents running around showing of their kids blog in hard copy to co-workers, friends, family, strangers at the bus stop.

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

A Publisher has the same unlimited access to your blog like you do, except the delete blog function, as only the owner can do this.
An Editor has the New Entry and Manage menu items just like a Publisher. But I think there are limitations on what an Editor can do inside. I can't check on this now, as it gives me an error about insufficient privileges whenever I clicked on both New Entry and Manage links.
A Writer has the New Entry link only. This means a Writer have no access to the Print option in the Manage menu. But even the New Entry link gives the same error message about insufficient privileges.

Peter, I think you need to look into the blog management.

Bob, at this moment, what you can do is to generate the PDF files on your own, and send them via email to your mum to print.

3. Posted by ImpBob36 (Full Member 15 posts) 9y

Thanks for the update Hien. The break down was exactly what I wanted to know. I'd recommend getting that added to the FAQ page somewhere (assuming it isn't)

I printed out a PDF and it came to 38M (with pictures) this is far too big to send via email. So I called my Mum after setting her up as a PUBLISHER and walked her through the steps.

When she came to the print page, however, the there were NO ENTRIES in the drop down boxes for ENTRY RANGE TO INCLUDE. She appeared to be looking at the rights page and I even confirmed she had her computer glasses on.

Is this a bug in the system? Can anyone confirm that Publishers have print rights and are able to generate the PDF?

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

I think it's a bug. Sorry about that. The admins have been informed about this.

While waiting for it to be fixed, I suggest that you generate the PDF files in smaller, multiple files (e.g. entries 1-5 in one file, entries 6-10 in another file, and so on) rather than having all your blog entries in one huge file. This way, you could have smaller files and can be attached to email. Bear in mind that most free email services out there have a maximum limit of 10MB attachment per email. It's better to keep the attachment to about 8MB per email as the file size reported by windows will expand when it's uploaded due to different encoding used by email servers.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 22, 2007, at 10:55 AM by Hien ]

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 9y

Ok, this should work now.

One minor problem remains, which is that if there are multiple authors on a blog, you can only use the blog owner's photos on the front cover. Will log it for fixing at some point.

6. Posted by ImpBob36 (Full Member 15 posts) 9y

Thanks for the hard work.

I got my mum to go through the process and it doesn't seem to be working for her.

She gets a cover page, but the 2nd page simple states: No Entries to show.

I do have a copy of the PDF if you require it.

In the meantime, I've asked her to try HTML, try PDF without pictures and try selective specific dates. She's starting to get frustrated so I'm not surf how quickly she will get around to doing it.

Her home connection is pretty slow so she's doing it from work, I doubt theres a firewall/security issue at play here (but you guys and gals would know more about your cookies etc.)

Thanks for the work thus far ...

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 9y

Hmm, that's weird. I thought for sure I had it covered now.. Here's an idea: perhaps you could temporarily add me as a 'publisher' so I can be sure I'm seeing exactly what your mother would be seeing..

8. Posted by ImpBob36 (Full Member 15 posts) 9y

> In the meantime, I've asked her to try HTML, try PDF without pictures and try selective specific dates.

Ok, so she tried it and I got the following message from her
> still the same thing happens I did no pictures, no pictures html & pdf & smaller date ranges

I hope this isn't giving you too big a headache ....

9. Posted by ImpBob36 (Full Member 15 posts) 9y

Thanks for looking into it for me Peter.

You said in you email you managed to get HTML printing working, how about PDF?

I prefer the idea of a book style output as it easier to manage and involves a single file.

I've just finished playing with the HTML print options and noticed a discrepancy between the direct output and using the SAVE AS function in Mozilla Firefox

When I re-open from a local location, I lose alot of formatting such as the headers (or are they footers) around each entry, central-justification on the blog heading, coloured text. I tried opening the page in IE aswell (both as a Firefox plugin and with IE 6) with the same result.

When I tried to save the HTML print page from IE 6, it warned me that it might not save correctly, i proceeded and ended up with a similar looking document.

Sorry to dump a lot of information. But it's such a great feature and I'd love to see it working ...

PS. I have screen shot of the 2 version available if you need them.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 23, 2007, at 9:42 PM by ImpBob36 ]

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 9y

PDF should work now too. The bug was the same for both.

Yes, it's always possible to just use the print command within your browser, but that has several problems, not least the fact that you can't print ALL the entries in one go. Also, we don't have a specific print stylesheet, so the navigation, etc.. is all left there. It makes little sense to print navigational elements, so that is quite a flawed way of doing things.

The design used for the tailored printing function is indeed quite different to the blog designs. This is partly because we have quite a few different blog designs and to implement a suitable print style for each of those would be very time consuming. And often designs that work on screen don't work on the printed page, so some of those designs just wouldn't translate well (or would use up hideous amounts of ink to print!!).

Basically, the blog print design is a more basic, but also more printer-friendly way of viewing your blog. It may be a consideration to provide some more designs too choose from in the future, but for now, the only variations are the fonts, coverpage and what you see in that form.

Hope it helps!