Given our commitment to providing you with the best download experience and quality, we have been testing out a newer rendering technology that gives significantly better quality downloads and makes printing of your PDF and PNGs much easier. This article shows how the new download quality is improved, provides information on how it impacts old visuals, and how to design for best print experience when downloading with this new functionality.
How did the old download functionality look?
The old download options pictured below allowed the ability to download your visual as an image (JPG/PNG) or as PDF. However, this download functionality was driven by an old image rendering technology that has now outlived its optimum usage.
How does this change affect your old visuals?
This new change requires that you follow some procedures to ensure printability of your visual (especially Infographic format visuals) on standard paper sizes. In case you do not follow these procedures, then you may need to re-design your visual to make it printable. See more instructions below.
This also means that there will be some impact to old visuals that may not have been designed as per the new procedures that are explained below. We’ll soon be retiring our old download options and it is important you understand how to get the best out of the new download options.
Please note the advantages of the new download options:
And the limitations:
Below is a comparison of a visual downloaded as PNG using the new and old download functionality at normal quality.
And here is one section zoomed-in:
In the zoomed-in version above, you'll notice that the text is misaligned in the old download, while it is perfectly aligned with the new download. The same applies to PDF format and other image qualities as well. In the normal quality, both the image size and pixel density is the same between both the new and old download options. However, when it comes to medium and high-res quality, the new download packs a higher image resolution compared to the old download resulting in a higher quality and crisper visual. This can be seen in the comparison below, which shows the same visual downloaded as PNG at medium quality using the new and old download option.
What should you do to ensure best print experience for your visuals?
- If you plan to print your visual, you should use a template from the Printables section as your starting point. The reason is that the Printable templates are designed such that each block is roughly the scale of an A4 or letter paper size and hence when you download using the new download option with the “Download As Blocks” setting turned ON, each block will occupy one A4 or letter sized page.
- If you plan on using Infographic format templates, you can still print them easily provided you define each block to be of A4 or Letter size. Note that Infographic templates by default do not come with A4 or Letter sized blocks and if you use them as is and then download them using the new download option with “Download As Blocks” setting turned ON, each block will occupy one page. But the size of the page will be the same as the size of the block. Hence it is important that you set your blocks to a A4/Letter size before you start creating. You can now easily set blocks to standard A4 or Letter size using our new block setting option. See here to learn how it works.
How does this impact older visuals and new visuals I create?
Older Visuals: For visuals created before this change, you can still download using the new download option. But you can only download as longform or as blocks (choosing the "Download as Blocks" option) and each block will be downloaded as a separate image (PNG) or as a separate page in a single file (PDF). You can no longer combine multiple blocks into a single page, but you can move contents from multiple blocks into a single A4 or Letter size block for best printing experience. See here on how to move contents from one visual to another.
New Visuals: For any new visuals you create, you need to follow the above guidelines if you want to make it print compatible.