Balsamiq Community Discussion

PDF Export without Markups

Is it possible to export my project to PDF while leaving out the markup elements on the mockups?
This is something I would use a lot, so i could have 2 versions of exports, 1 with the markup notes for the developers and one without for giving demos

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Hey @lolobeize,

Thanks for getting in touch about this.

Right now, there is no way to export a PDF without markup in myBalsamiq, and I’m sorry about that. The good news is that not only is it a highly requested feature, it is something that we are building into the next major myBalsamiq update.

I don’t have a date on that yet, but we are hoping to have some news for folks soon! :slight_smile:

Any update on exporting to PDF (or to .png) without markup?

E.g. when showing user-interfaces as printouts to users one often does not want to have markup on screens while developers usually need the markup. So as a balsamiq user one needs to be able to decide if markup is to get exported or not.

Thanks!

Hi @jan and thanks for checking on this one! :slight_smile:

While we didn’t implement this option in the tool yet, the next major release (native!) that we are preparing for our web version will allow you to toggle on/off markup elements before exporting to PDF or PNG.

No ETA for the official yet but we’ll make sure to keep you all up to date here.

I’ve also added your vote for making this an option for the PDF export dialog, as it would make it even easier.

Thanks again for sharing your need. We’ll be here if you need anything else.

It’s been 2.5 years since this was promised. Any updates on this? It shouldn’t be that hard to implement.

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Hi @Chris_Kim,

The latest version of our web-hosted app - Balsamiq Cloud - now offers this feature: the exported PDF will respect the state of the Markup in your project so just toggle it on or off before exporting the PDF and it will appear, or not, in the exported PDF.

Other versions of our app (e.g. Balsamiq Wireframes for Google Drive) based on the Balsamiq Wireframes engine also support the feature.

We’re now working hard on the desktop apps based on the BW engine so that the desktop apps can benefit from features such as this. Those apps will ship later this year. Sorry to not have a more accurate timeline at this time - I know that can be frustrating - but we’ll update the Blog with news as the release gets closer.

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Any chance there’s thoughts on including the option to turn on/off “Comments” on the mockups before export? I keep my notes there and when I’m presenting mockups to an engineer, for example, I want the comments. But when I’m presenting them to a client, I manually remove all of the comments. It would be great to be able to export them to PNG and simple select the type of element to hide when exporting.

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We’ve had a few requests for including comments in the PDF but I’mm adding your suggestion for the PNG. Thanks for sharing your need, @grebe!

I’d like to add my vote for ability to export to pdf without Comments. Deleting the comments by hand is really annoying. Notes (and ability to export without them) don’t work that well since they are per screen, whereas I put the comments next to the elements I’m commenting on, so their location on the page is potentially important.

Hi @Ksushis,

Which version of Balsamiq are you using? When you say comments are you talking about the ‘Comment’ control in the UI Library?

If so, note that - in Balsamiq Cloud - that control is a Markup control so if you just toggle Markup to Off before exporting to PDF, it will be omitted in the PDF.

If you’re using a different version of Balsamiq or you still have questions, get back to us here or drop us a line at support@balsamiq.com.

Hi @alasdair!
I’m using Balsamiq desktop version 3.5.16. And yes, I was talking about Comment control in the UI library.
Thank you!

Hello again @Ksushis,

Thanks for confirming. This approach works in Mockups 3 for Desktop too! Just toggle the Markup off using this button:

markup

Then export to PDF and the resulting PDF will not display the Markup components.

Try it out and get back to me with any questions?

OMG, mind blown!
Thank you, @alasdair!

Now I wish there were more things in the markup - for instance, I just created a mockup with comments and a hand to point at places to click. But the hand is not markup so it doesn’t go away when I export…

Hey @Ksushis,

If that blew your mind then this is going to knock your socks off!

You can tell Mockups to treat any control as Markup :slight_smile: See: Making Items Markup and Non-Markup

Try it out!

@alasdair wow! It did blow my socks off! Just used it to hide the pointer hand from my mockups! Thank you!!

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