Fact Sheet Fusion v2

Export – Template Options

Export Dialog Template tab
Export Dialog Template tab

The Template tab contains a minimum set of options required to begin exporting.

To begin with, select a fact sheet template from the drop down list. All installed templates will be listed within the drop down.

Template Settings

The template settings provide you details on the selected template. It also outlines the recommended settings for the template, which can be automatically applied.


Select a destination folder for your exported fact sheets. It is recommended that you choose an empty folder to ensure you can see exactly what is exported if you need to copy the fact sheets to a web server or some other destination. To select an export destination folder select the file browser button.

 Exporting will overwrite any existing fact sheets or media of the same name in the destination folder.

Export File Types

You can select one or more export formats for your fact sheets.


The fact sheets will be exported in Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) format. The HTML export structure will look like that shown below, within the destination folder:



The fact sheets will be exported in Portable Document Format (PDF). All of the fact sheets and associated images are embedded within the PDF file, rather than being exported to a separate folder and referenced.

PDF Settings

PDF Output setting dialog
PDF Output setting dialog

There are a number of additional settings for PDF export. All settings will be saved automatically when the dialog is closed.

Paper size

All paper sizes supported by your operating system will be loaded into the paper size drop down list.

Paper orientation

The paper orientation can be set to either Portrait or Landscape.

Color mode

Output the PDF in either Color or Grey scale.

Output mode

Most templates have style definitions for how the fact sheet should look both on screen and in print. Normally if you are selecting to export to PDF you may prefer to select print definitions, rather than screen definitions, though the choice will depend on personal preference and the template design.

Output DPI

The output DPI you define depends on the quality you wish to print at. For example it is common for printers to support 300 DPI or higher, however it is not always necessary to output at this level to achieve a good print result. The higher the DPI output the larger the file size.

Compress PDF

If selected the PDF will be internally compressed using ZIP.

Page Margins

Allow you define the amount of empty space around the edge (margin) of the document.


This option exports the fact sheets in eXtensible Markup Language (XML). The output folder structure will be the same as the HTML export.

Media Options

The media options defined in the Template tab are global in nature. They apply to all images associated with the fact sheets, glossary and index.


Exporting media is the most expensive computing operation of the export process. If media has already been exported, and the only changes made are to the text portion of the fact sheet (i.e. Topic text), export will be much faster if the skip media option is selected.

Force overwrite media

This option will cause the media to be output, even if it already exists in the destination folder.

Skip media export

Selecting this option will stop the media from being exported. This can be useful if you have already exported the media previously and have only changed the text of a fact sheet.

Scale regular images

If selected, you will need to define a preferred image size in pixels. During export, all images greater than this dimension will be resized. Non web friendly formats such as Bitmaps and TIFFs will be converted to the JPEG format.


Regular images are normally not shown directly in a fact sheet due to their size. They are usually accessed by clicking on the thumbnail version, which then opens the regular sized image for display. How the regular image is accessed and displayed depends on the export template you select.

Scale thumbnail images

If selected, you will need to define a preferred size for the thumbnail images. The images will be scaled to this dimension during the export process.


Watermark options are not applied to thumbnail images.

Image compression

Image compression involves a balance between image quality and size, since the compression process discards image information. Less compression means a higher quality image, while selecting more compression can mean a small file size but pixelated, blurry images. For most purposes, a compression level between 60-90 will be suitable. Only image formats that support compression, such as JPEG, will have compression applied.

Below is an example of extreme compression (poor quality) vs low compression (high quality).

Low quality (extreme) image example

High quality image example

Very high compression, but low quality image example
File size: 2 Kilobytes.
Very low compression, but high quality image example
File size: 23 Kilobytes.

Both images are 200 pixels wide by 145 pixels high at 96 DPI (dots per inch).

Export Options

Fact Sheet Fusion uses a technique called multi-threading to perform the export tasks. This can be likened to breaking down the export job into hundreds (or thousands) of individual tasks, then employing multiple workers to perform these tasks at the same time. This is particularly useful under modern computer architecture that employs multiple CPU cores and large memory spaces. The number of threads (workers) has been limited to 100, even though normally many more threads are available. Any more and the export tasks may overwhelm the operating system, making it unresponsive to other tasks it might be doing, such as checking emails…

During the export process Fact Sheet Fusion will report the number of export jobs it has started and update the number that are remaining as it completes the export process, along with an estimated time to complete.

To begin the export process, click the Export button. Prior to the export beginning a minimum set of options need to defined, such as the export template, export destination and the export type (HTML, PDF and/or XML). If you have not met the minimum export requirements these options will be highlighted in the export dialog.

The screen shot above shows the Export process in action.
The screen shot above shows the Export process in action.

During export it is possible to abort the Export process. To do so, click the Abort button. Fact Sheet Fusion will confirm that you wish to abort before it stops all current export threads (workers).

Abort Export confirmation dialog
Abort Export confirmation dialog