PDF export changed in latest version Confluence, output is not correct

Sander Fickweiler May 12, 2023

When i choose to export a page in Confluence via ... -> Export -> Export to PDF the output is different (and not good) since my last export.

Export PDF in Confluence.jpg

Left the page exported on April 3rd, right the page exported today (May 12th).

Three things go wrong (see red bullets):

  1. There is no bookmark anymore, i merged this PDF to another one and there must be  bookmarks for the overview
  2. The is a link-image after each header, which won't work (and is is not desired)
  3. The font changed while I haven't edited the page

How can i change this back to "normal" of is this a bug?

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Sander Fickweiler May 16, 2023

Is there someone who have the same issue?

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Alex Koxaras _Relational_
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May 13, 2023

Hi @Sander Fickweiler 

Can you check inside the space settings if someone entered a pdf stylesheet?

Sander Fickweiler May 14, 2023

Hi @Alex Koxaras _Relational_

I've checked this already but all the four settings for PDF-export are empty.

Alex Koxaras _Relational_
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May 16, 2023

@Sander Fickweiler sorry for the late reply. Can you please also check the global pdf stylesheet? Is it empty as well? To find this:

  • Go to cog wheel > Pdf Export
  • Locate pdf stylesheet and see if there is any code there

In addition, does this happen to all spaces or just the one you mention?

Alex Koxaras _Relational_
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May 17, 2023

@Sander Fickweiler I managed to have the bookmarks via space export, and only because I used a pdf stylesheet. On a normal space, without a pdf stylesheet, the bookmarks do not appear. Same thing if you export it as a simple page.

Sander Fickweiler May 17, 2023

@Alex Koxaras _Relational_: Thanks for your reply but also in the global style sheet there is no code. When i make a new page in a differtent space i have the same issues.

I remender that the bookmark won't work for a few days say 1 of 2 months ago. It was "magically" fixed after a few days. I hope this is the same this time ;-)

Otherwise: can i get (a part of) your pdf stylesheet so the bookmarks works again for me? The only thing is the font has changed when it is exported to pdf, but i can change that i guess also in the PDF style sheet...

Sanya Naumovich-Popovich May 18, 2023

I have the same issue as Sandra. My font changed and I don't have bookmarks anymore. 

Alex Koxaras _Relational_
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May 18, 2023

@Sanya Naumovich-Popovich @Sander Fickweiler this could be a potential official release for Confluence. You can watch these changes here https://confluence.atlassian.com/cloud/blog

If you have an approximate date to which this change took place, then you can read the corresponding blog and perhaps you'll find something relative. E.g. here https://confluence.atlassian.com/cloud/blog/2023/05/atlassian-cloud-changes-may-8-to-may-15-2023#AtlassianCloudchangesMay8toMay15,2023-confluence it states that:

Improved PDF export

ROLLING OUT

We've improved the way Confluence Cloud exports to PDF so that the exported PDF more accurately matches what the Confluence page actually looks like. For example, tables, mentions, dates, and other elements will all render the same way they do on the Confluence page.

And this change date at least back to "Atlassian Cloud changes Mar 13 to Mar 20, 2023"

Sanya Naumovich-Popovich May 18, 2023

Thanks, it doesn't mention bookmarks. They are no longer available in pdf. Do you know how to add them to the stylesheet?

Sanya Naumovich-Popovich May 18, 2023

Font is different, page numbers can't be disabled and there is no bookmarks.

Sander Fickweiler June 7, 2023

Is there someone who can help me so the bookmarks are added to the PDF?

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