Slate - printing options or output to PDF, see filename for images

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Have been using Slate for some time. As a photographer,
writer and contemporary artist, who has shown internationally, I have
changed my business model to leverage Slate. Like every new product there are
growing pains. Adobe staff has been on top of the issues. My feedback is there
are the features that will wear thin on users and are a barrier to continued use
and future adoption. 

(1). There are no viable printing options to print the entire
Slate project as it appears on the screen. Try printing and you only see one page
with black. This means the project cannot be saved as a PDF.

(2). No archiving capability to store this on my computer and
share (PDF would solve that)

(3). In project view one cannot see the image file name.

User Scenario: Every three months I register all my work with the Copyright Office. I submit online via PDF. Today, I have 69
stories on #PelicanYoga that combine writing and photographer to tell a story.
That is 69 stories I could have spent an hour saving them as a PDF and submitting.
Since Print doesn’t work, I tried screenshoots but that would have taken a week
or more. Slate format has no pagination and it moves freely in the screen. It’s touchy to move the
screen and align the text and image so it can be seen and shot.

I opted to grab the title page and all the text. After eight hours
later, I have cut and paste the text. I am not done but still have to , grab the title page and create
the PDFs. I may have to open up InDesign, but I do not have the image file
names. They are scattered across one folder and the images are scattered across
multiple catalogs.

If I had the filenames, I could easily find the image and import it to InDesign. But Slate is supposed to solve that for me. Adobe created a huge time sink for users that is
counter productive. I am cringing thinking about creating the book!

These features are critical to users and I have addressed these before.
I have already seen user threads voice these concerns. Adobe has been silent
and needs to let us know if the product we are testing and have come to like,
will meet these expectations. If not, that is a "VERY SERIOUS" problem. 
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5WA - Robert Neff

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  • frustrated that there is not print and this is 2016

Posted 4 years ago

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Hi Robert,

I think you meant to say that it's 2016 and you're frustrated that last millennium technology like printing is still required. Right? ;-)

In all serious though, we are not ignoring this one, but it's not a trivial problem to solve. Slate stories are responsive HTML5 pages and they are designed and optimized for a sophisticated in-browser experience. Responsive web pages, especially those with complex transitions and animations don't print well. That's a reality. Which means that we'd need to generate a dumbed down non-responsive format just to be able to print properly. That's doable, and its something that we will have to address in the future, but it is not the highest priority, not compared to other asks for users.

--- Ben
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Appreciate the heads up and what is a post without #FatFingers ;)
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Ugh, that's what I get for replying from my phone on airplane wifi.

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