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Special Stories User Guide - Printing

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Printing in Special Stories Plus

You can use the printing feature to print the resources you have created or downloaded resources from& Special iApps and Numicon, for paper-based activities and assessment.

To print tap Actions in the top left of the main view, then tap Print Story. You will be presented with a list of collections you have created, select one and you will be shown all the stories in that collection you can print. Choose which word list you would like to print and you will then be shown printer options. From here you can then select which printer to send the pages to, as well as selecting specific pages to print.

The font face and text size in the printed story are determined by the Font and Large Text settings, just as when viewing the story within Special Stories, as described in Chapter 8.

Set Paper Size

In the Settings you can choose which paper size to print to. There are a range of commonly used paper sizes to choose from, select which one you would like to use and the resources will be scaled to size when printing.

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Notes for iOS Users

If you has previously cancelled printing from the app, the next time you request it to print you may be presented with a message "This website has been blocked from automatically printing" and a choice of Ignore or Allow. Select Allow to continue with printing.

If you wish to save as a PDF instead of sending to a printer, proceed as far as the iOS printing dialog, then pinch outwards with 2 fingers on one of the page previews shown. This will reveal an action button that you can use to select a destination for the PDF file, for example to AirDrop to another device, send as an email attachment, or save to Files.

Owing to a limitation of iOS, it is not possible to suppress the page footers added by Safari when printing. Furthermore, a bug in Safari can cause these footers to be printed across the middle of the page instead of at the bottom (for instance, after selecting A3 paper). In this case, the position of the footers can be corrected by switching Orientation in the device's printing dialog from Portrait to Landscape and then immediately back to Portrait again.

Note for Safari on Mac Users

If you has previously cancelled printing from the app, the next time you ask it to print you may be presented with a message "This webpage is trying to print. Do you want to print this webpage?" and a choice of Cancel or Print.  Owing to an Apple bug, even if you select Print, all printed pages will subsequently be blank unless you close the app and reopen it. Because of this and other limitations in Safari, we recommend using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge instead of Safari to run our web apps on macOS.

Printing in Native Editions

On iOS

Tapping Print Story allows you to either to print a story to an AirPrint-enabled printer, or to email a story in PDF format for subsequent printing.

When you tap this button, you are presented with the list of stories you have created: tap the title of the one you would like to print or email. You are then presented with a choice of Send to Printer or Email as PDF. Choose the option you prefer, and then follow Apple's standard dialogs for printing or sending an email. If you have more than one collection, you will be prompted to choose a collection, and then to select a story from that collection.

The font face and text size in the printed story are determined by the Font and Large Text settings, just as when viewing the story within Special Stories, as described in Chapter 8.

Please note: to print directly, you must already be able to print from Apple's standard apps, e.g. Mail and Safari. If you cannot print from these, you will not be able to print from Special Stories. However, provided you have an email account set up on your device, you can always email a story as a PDF attachment, and then pick up the email on a Mac or PC that has access to a printer, and print from there. Alternatively, there are programs available to AirPrint-enable the printer queues on a Mac or PC: we successfully use Printopia 2 for Mac.

On Android

In Android 4.4 and later, you can print stories directly to any Android-compatible printer. For earlier versions, you can email stories as PDF files and then print them elsewhere.

The Print Story button is only present if the device is running Android 4.4 or later. Tapping this allows you to choose a story to print. If you have more than one collection, you will be prompted to choose a collection, and then to choose from the stories in that collection. You are then presented with the standard Android printing dialog, allowing you to choose an available printer and to select which pages to print.

To print directly, you must already be able to print from Android's standard apps, e.g. Chrome. If you cannot print from these, you will not be able to print from Special Stories. Compatible printers and printing services include HP ePrint printers and Google Cloud Print.

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