My authors have a requirement to create a pdf of a web page prior to activation. The approach would be for the author to edit the page, then use snaggit to capture the image of the updated page and create a pdf out of it. Then we would activate the page for production.
The catch is that we don't want the sidekick to appear on the image that gets created for the page. Minimizing the sidekick is a step in the right direction, but we really need to hide it.
Is there a way to have the author temporarily remove the sidekick completely from the page in the author instance?
That is great - is there a way to disable wcmmode system-wide for a given user, so I could have a client review pages on the author server without adding the querystring for each page?
With small customization yes. The init.jsp is responsible for rendering sidekick. Overlay the file and add additional condition to check for userid.