High Quality PDF Exports

June 2015: 

High-resolution print and exports (paid accounts only) now available: http://support.gliffy.com/entries/236021-High-Resolution-Images

We do not recommend using Internet Explorer as noted here: http://support.gliffy.com/entries/62922914-High-Resolution-Exports-..., particularly for high-resolution exports. Some large diagrams may be cropped when exporting over 100% in IE. To fully utilize the new exporting feature, we would suggest utilizing Firefox or Chrome.

If you have further questions, please email support@gliffy.com

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Previous article from 2012: 

Gliffy is a vector graphics application. When you export to a JPG or PNG, you are converting from vector graphics to a raster or bitmap image format. This conversion comes with a decrease in some aspects of image quality, resulting in a blurred image, or one that cannot be resized without a loss of fidelity. When printing to a PDF through the native Gliffy function, you are exporting to a PNG which is then placed in the PDF. 

We recommend exporting as SVG, then printing that to a PDF for the highest quality: https://www.gliffy.com/user-manual/?productId=3#article_62

For folks who want a higher quality exported image directly, the use of a PDF softprinter is recommended. You can get one of these for Windows, for free, from a few different places, CutePDF (http://www.cutepdf.com) and PrimoPDF (http://primopdf.com) are both excellent and easy to use products. If you are running Mac OSX, you have a PDF softprinter already built in. A softprinter is a piece of software you install that behaves, to your system, just like any other printer. Instead of printing to paper, it saves the print job as a PDF file. These applications can render the Gliffy diagram as PDF and retain the vector graphics, and as such, the sharpness of the original image.

 

If you are running Windows, follow this procedure:

  1. Download and install CutePDF (http://www.cutepdf.com/download/CuteWriter.exe
  2. Open your diagram in Gliffy 
  3. Select File -> Print 
  4. Set the appropriate options for pages, orientation. This is controlled through your browser print function and not through Gliffy. 
  5. Click Print (not pdf) 
  6. Windows will open a Print dialog box. (if you are using Google Chrome, click "Print using system dialog"). Select "Cute PDF Writer" from the name drop down list. 
  7. Click OK 
  8. A "Save As" dialog box should appear, with the filename "File.pdf". Change the file name and save location to suit your needs.

 

To use the built in Mac PDF softprinter:

  1. Open document in Gliffy 
  2. Click Print 
  3. Set the appropriate options for pages, orientation. This is controlled through your browser print function and not through Gliffy. 
  4. Click Print (not pdf) 
  5. The Page Setup window should appear, ensure the page size and orientation is correct, then click "OK" 
  6. Print window should appear, click PDF.

 

Now you should have a high quality PDF document that can be edited, enlarged or shrunk without loss of fidelity. 

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    Lisa Siddons

    I tried this (printing to Adobe Acrobat Pro) but the text was all shifted out of the boxes (it was an org chart) and even though it was clear, it wasn't usable.

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    Paul Hahler

    Hi there,

    the same happened to me! The quality of images is better and the whole document is scalable, but texts that are fine in view mode and every other print mode will shift out of their boxes using another kind of alignment. Could you please fix this within your software? Getting diagrams printed or exported in an acceptable way is something crucial for us!

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    Keith Rockhold

    Hi Paul,

    Would you please open a support ticket over this issue?

    Thank you,

    Keith Rockhold

    Developer

    keith@gliffy.com

    Gliffy Inc.

    PO Box 7775 #35255

    San Francisco, CA, 94120-7775

    877-2-Gliffy (877-245-4339)

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    Riaan Eloff

    Hi folks, this seem to be a great solution, BUT, there is no PRINT option on my FILE menu in gliffy. How come?

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    Na Dine

    Hey there. I have the same problem. There is no print Option.

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    Katy Kelly

    If you are using the Gliffy Chrome app, there is no direct print option there. You must save as a PNG/JPG then print from your computer.

    If you are using Gliffy Online, there is a Print option under File:  http://www.gliffy.com/user-manual/#article_62

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    Chung Tran

    This method is no longer working because of no "Print" option with Gliffy!

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    addison

    So there is no other way around this. Let's hope the software developers will think this incompatibility through and they will come up with a solution that would save us time and money. Thankfully you don't have to worry about that if you're using some professional support. The guys at (link removed) do a pretty good job in this matter.

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    Katy Kelly

    Hi Chung,

    There is a print option under the File menu in Gliffy Online: http://www.gliffy.com/user-manual/?productId=3#article_62

    If you have further questions, please email support@gliffy.com

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    Chung Tran

    Hi Katy,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I can not use Gliffy online because the language is in France so I do not understand anything at all.

    I still stick with the Gliffy app within google chrome!

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    Janice Thomas

    If you are using Gliffy Online, there is a Print option under File

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    Katy Kelly

    High-resolution print and exports now available: http://support.gliffy.com/entries/236021-High-Resolution-Images

    We do not recommend using Internet Explorer as noted here: http://support.gliffy.com/entries/62922914-High-Resolution-Exports-and-Internet-Explorer, particularly for high-resolution exports. Some large diagrams may be cropped when exporting over 100% in IE. To fully utilize the new exporting feature, we would suggest utilizing Firefox or Chrome.

    If you have further questions, please email support@gliffy.com

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