Export to PDF >> automatically label each page with file name

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I love the Export ALL to PDF feature. I name my mockups with IDs that's tied to user stories in Rally.

The Bookmark in PDF helps guide the user to the right mockups by looking up the user story ID.

But for folks who wants to print out the mockup, it would be great if Export to PDF automatically "label" the mockup with the file name on the page. Or at least make that an option so user can choose where to place the label (no label, top center, top right, bottom right, etc.)

w_cat

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balsamiqVal, Head Chef, Wow! Division

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Hi there, w_cat, I may have missed something here. When you Export a bmml to PDF, the bookmark automatically takes the file name.

Are you running the latest version? If you aren't having the bookmark prepopulated, please send along a screenshot. We will get to the bottom of this.

w_cat

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Yes, the bookmarks are populated, which is great when reviewing the mockups via PDF reader. The feature request is to be able to also automatically "watermark" the right hand side mockup with the filename.

For example, if my file is "US421 - Create Inventory List - Step 1", the bookmark will show this, I want to be able to have the PDF output to provide the option to automatically "watermark" the right hand side image with the same name. This way, when people print out the hard copy (without the luxury of the bookmark),

This is kind of like in Word or Excel or Powerpoint what a user can optinally select the Filename as a footer or header for the printout. I suppose this could be done via PDF, but if Balsamiq can do that, it would be great!

Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni, Official Rep

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Hi w_cat: a suggestion: could you maybe add a title control to the mockup itself to achieve this?

w_cat

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Yes. That's the workaround I am using right now.
Because the ease of Balsamiq, I can create lots screens rather quickly and sometimes reuse some templates. Having to add a title and also name the page the same thing just requires some extra maintenance/synchronization effort. Just looking for further automation option here.

Again, I am also researching if Adobe PDF reader or other PDF tools could automatically append the bookmark for print out. So far no luck yet.

balsamiqVal, Head Chef, Wow! Division

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w_cat, Marco is looking into this, and we are discussing it. Thanks for your patience.

w_cat

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Cool. Thanks Val. Really appreciate the quick response from the team.

Stephen Reinach

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Have you all made any progress? I, too, print out my mockups, and would like to be able to easily refer back to the original mockup simply by looking at the name of the mockup. I may create 1 pdf with 10-20 mockups, so I would prefer to give the users the option, in Balsamiq, to 'write' the file name on each mockup before they get exported to a pdf (or png). If we simply ask Adobe to print the name of the file, that would not help, I think.

Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni, Official Rep

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Hi Stephen, have you tried adding a label control to each mockup and entering {mockup-name} or {mockup-path} in it? It should do what you're asking for.

Stephen Reinach

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Hi Peldi. Thanks for the suggestion. I looked into this option but am not clear how to get Balsamiq to essentially write the file name onto the mockup so that when you print 1 or more mockups, either via Balsamiq or preferably Adobe, each mockup file name is actually printed on the mockup, perhaps as a header or footer option. Does this make sense? Let me give you a scenario: I am creating 10 mockups to illustrate a walk-through of a candidate design. I have created all 10, labeled something to the effect of 'design1' through 'design10.' When I print the 10 mockups, I would love to be able to see on the printout which actual mockup I am holding, for quick cross-reference back to the on-screen mockup for editing, or reference from the screen version to the printed version, etc. While you can see all 10 file names in an exported pdf, when you actually print the pdf, all you get are the 10 mockups, no Balsamiq file names are included on the printout. I would love to be able to have the option of including the Balsamiq file name in the header/footer of the printed mockup.

Michael Angeles, Official Rep

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Stephen,

You can add a header or footer to your page, add a paragraph component to each page and put your {mockup-name} macro in there. Make sure all of your Mockups are saved. The macro will be replaced with the file name. See the illustration below.

Stephen Reinach

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Thanks, Michael. That is an acceptable workaround (combined with the use of symbols, it is pretty painless). Thanks!