Live PDF Preview

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23 Dec, 2017 11:49 PM

I hope this hasn't been covered elsewhere (recently, anyway: I do see occasional mention of the problem in other threads. No resolution, though). I would really love if Marked 2 would preview PDFs live (ie. show pagination and format for, for example, 8.5x11" paper). I love the program, but basically never use it because I actually want to see what the export will look like, live. Ulysses does this, more or less, so I don't know why I can't do it in the preview app I would prefer to use: Marked 2. Am I missing some obvious way of turning this on in the current app?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Brett on 27 Dec, 2017 04:14 PM

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    Ulysses is able to provide the live preview because they generate their PDF output completely from scratch. Marked uses the macOS print/PDF system, which doesn't generate the pages until export. In order to provide a live preview with the current system, I'd basically have to be printing the document repeatedly on every update, and even in the background that would be problematic.

    I do intend to revise the PDF generation strategy, but at this time the only way to see the final output is to actually create the PDF (or use Print->Open in Preview).

  2. 2 Posted by pyzmark on 27 Dec, 2017 06:31 PM

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    Huh, that explanation makes sense. Ok, thanks. Anyway, consider this a vote for live PDF preview, should it ever become feasible. Thanks for the great product.

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