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Improved image quality in generated PDFs

January 26th, 2021

The generated PDF versions of your manuals now use the full resolution of the images that you uploaded. This will improve the quality of the images in your PDFs.
(Previously, the generated PDFs used the scaled down versions of the images that the online manuals use, for size and performance reasons)

To enjoy the new image quality, you do need to re-generated your PDF version from the menu.

BTW: of course, using the full res images will increase the size of the PDF files!

Copyright footers in PDF version

May 5th, 2017

The default or customized copyright footer is now also show in the generated PDF version:

  • It is now always shown on the PDF cover page.
  • It is optionally also included in the footer of every page, using the new setting “Show copyright text on all pages in PDF” (found in the Account level Customizations page).

New: “Out of Date” indicator for generated PDF version

May 4th, 2017

Another tweak in the category “Why-Didn’t-We-Think-Of-This-Earlier” :

  • The “PDF” button in the editor now shows a little exclamation mark icon whenever your generated PDF version is out-of-date.


New: Upload PDF files and other documents, then link to them from your manual topics

April 25th, 2017

insert-document-buttonOne of the more common questions we get at Manula Support is:

“Can I upload PDF files and offer them as downloads from my manual?”

Our answer has always been:

“No sorry, you cannot upload PDF files, but you can upload them to your own website or a 3rd party file hosting service, then link to them using a regular website link”.

But as of today, our answer to this question will be:

“Yes, you can! Just use our Document Manager to upload your files to our server, then easily insert links to the files into your topics :-)”

Now live in your account. Enjoy!


New PDF setting: Show Company Name Yes/No

March 22nd, 2017

Just introduced a new settings in the Manual Settings screen, on the PDF tab:
Show company name (Yes/No)

Switching this setting off lets you hide your account’s Company Name from the generated PDF version, from both the PDf’s cover sheet and the headers of all pages (top left).

PDF output: now tweak the size and style of topic headers

December 9th, 2016

It is now possible to use different size for the topic titles in the PDF, depending on the topic level.

Use the following Custom CSS to tweak the sizes of the topic titles based on their “toc level”:

#topic-body .pdf-topic-level-1 h1.topic-header {
border-bottom: 10px solid #FF0000;
font-size: 32px;
color: #FF0000;
#topic-body .pdf-topic-level-2 h1.topic-header {
border-bottom: 5px solid #0000FF;
font-size: 26px;
color: #0000FF;
#topic-body .pdf-topic-level-3 h1.topic-header {
border-bottom: 3px solid #00FF00;
font-size: 20px;
color: #00FF00;
#topic-body .pdf-topic-level-4 h1.topic-header {
border-bottom: 1px solid #808080;
font-size: 14px;
color: #808080;

Fix: Download as PDF button was missing on mobile

June 7th, 2016

Small fix for the mobile version of the online manuals:
The Download as PDF button was missing there.
It can now be found under the Table on Contents button, under the TOC.

Generated PDF versions can now be removed

December 10th, 2015

Some users like to generate PDF versions of their manuals, e.g. for internal use, but do not want to publish the download on their live manuals.

So the Manula admin now lets you remove the generated PDF:


More customization options for PDF cover pages

May 4th, 2015

By popular demand, we have added some extra ways to customize the cover pages for the generated PDF manuals.

  • Where previously the cover page always just side your configured Side Bar image, there is now a separate customization option for the Cover Sheet Image, so that you can upload an image different from the Side Bar image.
  • On top of that, you can now also upload a Full Page Cover image that will be included in front of the normal cover sheet.



Localized texts in PDF manuals

May 6th, 2014

  • All “interface” texts in the generated PDF manuals can now be localized too.
  • Localizations are currently available in English, Dutch, German and Italian.

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