Printing and PDFs

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.

Controlling Print Size

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.

As you edit these values, the preview in the Print dialog will automatically refresh, letting you see the effects of your change.

Controlling Print Margins

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.)

Controlling Backgrounds

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.