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Printing just one blog post

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1. Posted by margaretm (Respected Member, 7 posts) 21 Apr '13 05:49

Hi everyone

I'm wondering if it's possible to print out just one blog post in the pdf format? Or several posts which aren't consecutive? And is there any way to re-arrange the photos in the pdf format so they are side by side and not taking up so much room?

Thanks for your help!:)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4358 posts) 21 Apr '13 06:06

One entry should be possible, yes. In your blog management area, under manage -> print, you can select the same blogpost as start and endpoint for the entry range to include. You'll still have a coverpage, but when actually printing, you can just start printing on page 2.

Non-consecutive blog entries isn't easily possible, although for a workaround you could generate a PDF of all blog entries, and then when actually printing again select only the pages which contain the entries you want. (Make sure you've selected "Entries start on a new page" for "Entry Layout".)
Alternatively, you could temporarily rearrange all your blog-entries by giving the entries you don't want to print fake posting dates in the future or far past (or temporarily depublishing them by doing "save as draft" for them all), so that all the entries you want to print are consecutive.

Don't think there's any way to do the photos, though. Best I can come up with is writing some custom CSS for that, and going via the HTML route, but that's going to be far from trivial to result in anything really nice.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Apr-2013, at 06:08 by Sander ]

3. Posted by margaretm (Respected Member, 7 posts) 21 Apr '13 10:44

Thanks, Sander, for the information. I did try putting the same blog post as the start and endpoint but it appeared twice. That's why I was wondering if there was another way. I will try what you said and see if it works! Thanks again for the quick reply!

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4358 posts) 21 Apr '13 11:45

It appearing twice is bizarre. That's probably a bug, though I can't reproduce. Could you post which of your blog entries you saw that behaviour with, and if you remember, which other options you selected (other than default) for generating the PDF? Sounds like something the admins might want to look into to fix.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5410 posts) 21 Apr '13 23:00

Hmm yeah, I can't reproduce the double inclusion of blog entries. When I do as suggested above, it just does the one entry which is what it should be.

There's currently no real way to get the photos to print side by side without getting very complicated. If you have an entry where it is pretty much nothing but photos and their descriptions though, this is one workaround that might work ok for you.

You can go into your blog's template and edit it to add this at the end:

@media only print {

p {display:inline-block;padding-right:20px;max-width:400px;}

.photo {max-width:400px;display:inline-block;}

}

Then go to your blog entry, say this one and just use your browser's Print command (usually found under the File menu). There's probably going to be an option in there to "Print using System Dialog" or something like that. You'll want to do that, otherwise it will not print in colour. All things going well you will hopefully find this works ok for you. Rather untested though.