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Catalog PDF Generation - All Catalogs

Table of Contents

Generating a Complete PDF
Generating a Custom PDF
Adding Curriculum Pages to a Catalog PDF
Accessing Catalog PDFs
Add “Download PDF Version” to Your Top Navigation Bar 
Example PDF
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  • Generating a PDF of your catalog – and making it available for download for anyone who visits your page – is quick and easy for administrative Coursedog users.

  • You can also generate a custom PDF for reporting or archival purposes. 

  • Note that in order for a page to appear in your PDF, it needs to be included as a link in a navigation on your catalog website. Learn more about Editing Navigations

Generating a Complete PDF

How to Do It | Making PDFs Available for Individual Departments

How to Do It 

Step 1: Navigate to Catalog > Settings > Catalogs.

Step 2 (Optional): If you wish to modify your PDF, click “PDF Settings”.

Step 3 (Optional): 

  • Determine if you would like to include departments, programs and/or courses in your PDF by checking the corresponding box. 

  • As shown below, the Catalog PDF displays courses and programs as part of the department. As a result, the department page must be published for departments, programs, and courses to be included in the PDF Export.

Step 4 (Optional): 

  • Select Display Format settings.

  • The “Condensed” option reduces the amount of white space in the PDF, particularly between lines of text. 

  • The “Use Website Font” option means your PDF would use the same font as your website. 

Step 5 (Optional): 

  • Adjust font size as needed.

  • The font size setting in the PDF refers to pixels, not to font “points”. So, 16=16px=12pts, 12=12px=9pts.

Step 6: Select “Save”.

Step 7: Click “Generate PDF” under the actions tab of the catalog you wish to export. 

Step 8: 

  • Click “Generate”. 

  • The PDF will then be sent to your email. 

  • Note that custom fonts will not be applied to the PDF. 

Making PDFs Available for Individual Departments

  • You can give visitors to your public site the ability to download PDFs for individual departments (shown below).

  • Department PDFs follow the settings established for the main PDF available on your public site. This means they are ONLY generated when a department has a department overview.

  • This option will automatically appear on the department’s page, provided you generate a complete PDF (i.e. “Include the entire catalog content in generated document” is toggled to the right) and “Include Departments” is checked under “PDF Settings”. 

Generating a Custom PDF 


  • Administrative users also have the ability to create a custom PDF for administrative, accreditation, and/or archival purposes. 

  • The PDF linked on your public webpage will continue to be the most recently generated complete PDF, regardless of when a custom PDF may have been created. 

How to Do It

Step 1: Navigate to Catalog > Settings > Catalogs.

Step 2: Select “Generate PDF”.

Step 3: Switch this toggle to the left (“off”) to NOT include all catalog content in the PDF. 

Step 4: 

  • De-activating the toggle will bring up an index of all catalog content for that catalog scope.

  • Select the specific items you want to include in the custom PDF. 

Step 5: 

  • Click “generate” to create the PDF.

  • It will be emailed to you.

Adding Curriculum Pages to a Catalog PDF


  • When you add Curriculum pages to your catalog PDF, as indicated in Step 2 under “Generating a Complete PDF”, the order of the PDF generated is: custom pages, department pages, program pages, and course pages.

  • Courses and programs added to the PDF are restricted by the course and program filters defined within that catalog. 

Identifying Fields

When Curriculum pages are added to your catalog, the following fields are used:


  1. Title is: {subjectCode}{courseNumber} {name}

  2. Credits

    • Default view is {numberOfCredits} {description} 

    • This display can also be configured to match the online catalog view by using {minCredits <> macCredits}


  1. Title is: {name}

  2. Degree Designation: {degreeDesignation} {description}

Accessing Catalog PDFs

When you generate a PDF of a catalog, it will be accessible in three ways: 

  1. A PDF will be emailed to you as soon as it is generated.

  2. You can select “Download” at Catalog > Settings > Catalogs for a copy to download to your computer.

  3. It will be made available to users in the footer of the public catalog (unless you have opted to hide that option, as indicated here).

Add “Download PDF Version” to Your Top Navigation Bar 


  • If you so choose, you can make the “download pdf” option more prominent by placing a link to it on the navigation bar.

  • Any PDFs added via the below process will not automatically link to newly generated PDFs, and you will need to update the link if you regenerate the PDF.

How to Do It

  1. Generate PDF version of the catalog.

  2. Right click on the link in the footer.

  3. Copy the URL.

  4. Create an External Link on your navigation bar, label it “Download Catalog as PDF”, and use the copied link as the URL

Example PDF

  • Catalog PDFs have a two-column layout for the course and program pages.

  • An example layout is shown below.

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