Image and PDF Export

When you want to share your timeline on the Web, paste it into a document, or send it to someone, you can export it as a PNG image or as a single-page PDF.

(You can also use the Print dialog to produce a multi-page PDF based on printer settings, such as paper size, margins, etc.)

Performing an Export

Choose File > Export to PNG or PDF from the main menu (or press ⌥⌘P) to start the image export process. TimeStory will show a small preview of the image, an estimate of the final file size, along with a few options. As you change these options, the preview and file size will update automatically.

(You can resize the export view to enlarge the preview, if needed.)

When you’re ready, click Copy to Clipboard or Save to produce the final image. Copy to Clipboard places the image in the clipboard; you can then paste it directly, for example into an email, presentation, or word-processing document. Save prompts you for the output file to write.

Common Options

The “Area to export” option allows you to control what parts of your timeline are included in the export.

“Export as” lets you choose between PNG (Image) and PDF output.

PNG-specific Options

“Image size” shows the current PNG output size in pixels. You can adjust this as needed; TimeStory will preserve the image’s aspect ratio. An upper limit of 10,000 pixels per side is enforced, with an initial default size of 4,096 along the longest edge.

Choose the “Transparent background” option to omit your document’s background color. This is suitable when your destination document already has the desired background; it slightly increases the size of the output file.