To print a TimeStory document, or to export it to PDF for sharing, use the File > Print option (⌘P), as in most Mac apps. This brings up the standard Mac printing dialog, with some TimeStory-specific additions.
To view the TimeStory-specific options, make sure that “TimeStory” is selected in the pop-up menu button in the middle of the dialog.
A TimeStory document is often much wider and taller than a single page. By default, TimeStory will break your document into as many pages as needed, but you can adjust this to your needs using the following options.
Print at percentage% of default size: The default of 100% is TimeStory’s default print sizing. Increase or decrease this percentage to enlarge or reduce the printout size.
Fit to width page(s) wide by height page(s) tall: This will shrink (scale down) your document, if needed, to fit to no more than the given number of pages in each direction. When you first select this option, both width and height are set to 1, so the entire document will be compressed to a single page.
You can also leave either width or height blank. For example, to fit the entire timeline into a single horizontal row of pages, you can set height to 1 but delete the number in width.
Adjust time scale independently of vertical size, to fit better: This option adjusts the behavior of Fit to page(s) wide by page(s) tall, changing the page-fitting approach.
Instead of scaling the whole document down proportionally, TimeStory will do it in two steps: first it will attempt to fit it vertically, adjusting the size as needed, and then will keep that height and attempt to fit it horizontally by changing the time scale and units (for example, from days to weeks, or months to years). The time scale of your document won’t be changed; this change will just apply to the printout or PDF.
As you edit these values, the preview in the Print dialog will automatically refresh, letting you see the effects of your change.
Use the Include page margins checkbox to enable or disable a fixed margin around your timeline. (The printer driver will normally enforce a small border area, required by the printer itself; this controls an additional margin spacing.)
When viewing a TimeStory document on screen, background colors and grid lines often look nice and add context; when printing, however, these can waste ink and reduce contrast.
Use the Include background and Include gridlines options to enable or disable these features in your printed output. If enabled, the colors and gridlines use the same settings as used on screen.
Note that “background” colors include both the document-level color and any per-section background colors.