You can now export Google Analytics reports in PDF format. The export button has been moved from the top right of each report to directly under the report name. When you click on the export button you get four choices, PDF, XML, CSV (comma separated value) or TSV (tab separated file).
Something I’m very excited about is the way that the new PDF creates images. The graphs and charts in the PDF export are Vector Graphics. Not many people are going to write about this change, but I think it’s pretty cool… This means that you can scale the graphics in the PDF incredibly large and they will not become distorted. This will make it easier to use them in Keynote presentations.
This is a cool feature…good call!
Could someone please tell me how they create those images embedded in the PDFs? The Flash chart files they use read in data from FlashVars, which keeps the dynamic charting load off of the server (mmmm, client side load). Then, the (I guess SVG) images in the PDF look almost identical. Really nice.
Mark Steere says
When I click the Export button, a little window comes up allowing the selection of Adobe Reader 8.1 and the options of Open or Save To Disk. Problem: The OK button is grayed out, so I can’t complete this step. I can’t save to disk or open with Adobe Reader. I only have this problem with the Analytics report. My Adobe reader works everywhere else.
It sounds like this is an issue with your browser. You may want to try reinstalling the browser. Or, if you’re using FF, it may be an issue with an extension. In general, the PDF export seems to be working.
Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment.
david knott says
This is an excellent feature.
However, why would google not have included the time line which shows up in the report? I think that is a valuable component.
Is there a setting that I am missing?
The timeline for all reports should be included in the PDF export. I’m not exactly sure why you’re not seeing it in yours. It may be a browser issue.
Thanks for the comment.