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Printing as Image vs PDF

When you print digital sheet music purchased from Piano Pronto, you will be asked to either print as an "Image" or as a "PDF". This page will explain the differences between the two and which one you should pick.


Option #1: Printing as Image

If you choose print as image, your browser will first render the file. Please be patient as this may take a while. Do not close the tab or window while it is rendering or it will still count as one of your print attempts.


Depending on your browser, you may be alerted that printing as an image is not recommended. Choose "OK" to continue printing as image, or "Cancel" to select print as PDF. While printing as image is recommended when using Chrome or Firefox on a desktop or laptop computer, you may still find it works on your system so it is worth trying both options to see which one gives you the best results.


Once the rendering is complete, the print dialog will open. The default settings should work best, but please refer to the platform specific instructions to learn about all the options.

PROS for printing as image

  • File is rendered as an image so it is unlikely that you will encounter font issues
  • Print dialog opens automatically making it easier to use

CONS for printing as image

  • Rendering may take a while, especially on older computers. For larger files such as digital method books or songbooks, this method is not recommended
  • Printing as an image on an iPad may include unwanted header and footer text. When using an iPad, this method is not recommended

Option #2: Printing as PDF

If you choose print as PDF, your browser will simply open the file. Depending on your browser and operating system, you may see a "Print" icon near the top of the screen like the screenshot below when using Firefox on Mac OSX


On other browsers, this button may not appear and you may have to use click File > Print, such as in the screenshot below when using Safari on Mac OSX


On an iPad, you will need to use the "Share" button to print, as in the screenshot below


In any case, you can also hit CTRL+P to open the print dialog on Windows and COMMAND+P to open the print dialog on Mac OSX. Please refer to the platform specific instructions to learn more.

PROS for printing as PDF

  • File is simply opened in browser and does not need to be rendered
  • Less resource intensive when trying to print large files such as digital method books or songbooks
  • Better results on browsers other than Chrome or Firefox

CONS for printing as PDF

  • Print dialog is not opened automatically adding an extra step
  • You may encounter font issues if your printer drivers are outdated

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