08. Generate the Print Page

Now you can create the Print Page for your document.

The button to “Generate” the Digital PDF’s Print Page

Clicking this button will use your design, content, and metadata to generate the Print Page.

The Print Page is where Print My Blog does the final touch-ups before downloading the PDF file (specifically, it executes Javascript.)

A Digital PDF’s Print Page, with various print options at the top, and the project’s content below.

At the top of the Print Page are several actions, and below them is the project’s content, ready to be sent for printing.

The buttons available are:

  • Print with Browser which will use your browser to print or create a PDF. Browsers don’t support all of the features Pro Print is capable of, but it’s free
  • Download Test PDF will create a PDF using our Pro Print Service, but it will have watermarks on it. It’s free to use and requires no signup, and is a good way to get a preview of your document before spending any money
  • Purchase Subscription will take you to the payment page so you can use the Pro Print Service and Print My Blog Pro. After you have upgraded, this will be replaced with a button to Download Paid PDF which will be identical to the Test PDF but without the watermarks
  • Back button in the top-left takes you back to the generate page
  • Help! takes you to the help page

Viewing the File 2 Pages at a Time

Once you click “DOwnload Test PDF”, the PDF file is created from the content you see on the Print Page, and downloaded. You can then open it with the program of your choice.

By default, most programs will view PDF files one page at a time. That’s appropriate for digital PDFs, but print-ready PDFs are best viewed two pages at a time, and the first page should be a right-hand page.

The steps to get Window’s PDF viewer to show a PDF two pages at a time, just like when reading a physical book.

To do that on Windows’ PDF viewed, click:

  • “Page View”
  • “Two Page”
  • “Show Cover Page Separately”

To do that in Adobe Acrobat Reader, do:

  • “View”
  • “Page Display”
  • “Two Page Scrolling”

Leave “Show Cover Page in Two Page View” as checked.

Opening a PDF in Adobe Acrobat in two-page view.

Before you generate the paid PDF, you’ll probably notice a couple things you want to change. Next we’ll cover how to tidy up the last few steps before creating the paid PDF.