RE: Pin the Tail on the Confluence PDF Image Bug

Subject: RE: Pin the Tail on the Confluence PDF Image Bug
From: Kevin Ryan <kryan -at- harriscomputer -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2018 18:25:34 +0000

Thanks for everyone's suggestions.

I'm using Confluence's default PDF output, not the K15T Scroll plugin.

Thanks, Jessica. I do see some Atlassian articles different from the articles I've already seen on the Web, so I'll consult the Atlassian community site more often. I've added two PDF CSS tweaks related to confluence-embedded-file-wrapper/inline-block stuff, and this seemed to help somewhat, but I still need to go through a set of unnatural, non-intuitive steps to make sure that all my images 1) display at all and 2) display centered in my table cells in PDF.

Paul, the <br/> tags throughout the larger code for the entire page do not seem to correlate with the problem images. I'm using the Confluence Source Editor (a free add-on) to view the code. I would highly recommend it. I liked the Pearson confluence site you worked on.

Sharon, thanks for recommending the Scroll PDF Exporter. I've previously heard good things about it (such as that it delivers what people had hoped they were getting when they purchased the base Confluence). I'd like our Confluence users to be able to generate their own on-demand PDFs of individual Confluence pages, which appears standard (no plug-in required) via the ". . ." drop down. This is good. As admin I am also thinking of exporting entire page sets (entire guides) and providing that as an available attachment to those who prefer a guide PDF. I would like but suspect I will meet management resistance in purchasing the Scroll plugin.

Tony, my chewing-gum fix involves doing non-intuitive steps with 1) Left-Center-Right alignment and 2) Image size. I go to the Confluence cell (which shows the image centered just as I want it to be) and I then set the cell alignments temporarily to LEFT. Then I click the image to display its dialog, note the current size value, change that size by clicking the SMALL button, then re-enter the original size value (!!). I then re-center the alignment (!!). But I'm not done yet because the code still typically refuses to set all aligments to centered via the editor's alignment buttons. I go to the code editor and typically need to manually change the image's "text-align" to Center there. Believe it or not, this set of bizarre steps seems to work. Apparently it's the image centering I desire that triggers the bug, as left-aligned images seem less prone to problems.

Sharipunyon suggested I check different browsers. The problem and my strange fix both seem to apply equally in IE, Chrome, and Firefox.

For now, I've learned I need to do a paranoid "PDF Image check" on each Confluence page I create. But at least I've got a strange but effective series of steps to address the missing images.

Again, thanks everyone for your help.


Kevin Ryan
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