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Best app for saving a web page as a pdf?

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  1. Thescatterling
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    Is there a good app that will let me save a web page as a PDF? I've found some that have their own internal browser, but these get mixed reviews. Is there something that works directly off Safari?
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    You can create a "bookmarklet" in Safari. Then, whenever you want to save a web page, you press the bookmarklet, the web page is converted to a PDF and Safari offers you the choice to "Open in iBooks" or "Open In..." any other PDF reader. If this is what you mean, here's how to create the bookmarklet (which is what I use to make PDFs out of web pages) - you'll be creating a book mark using Java script:

    First, make a bookmark:

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    Then, edit the bookmark:

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    Then, enter the Java script in the URL field as shown here:

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    The Java script is:

    javascript: pdf_url=location.href;location.href='http://pdfmyurl.com?url='+escape(pdf_url)

    NOTE: I had to put a space after the first colon, else the forum software would have made an emoticon. Just remove the space after pasting it into your Address field.

    Now, with this Java script as a bookmark, any time you are on a web page and you want to make it a PDF, just press the book mark and Safari will do its "magic."

    Hope this helps and do let us know how you get on.

    Marilyn

    P.S. There are many bookmarklets to be made and used. This just happens to be one of my favorites...
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    Thanks a bunch. I really appreciate it. I just tried it and it works great. I copy/pasted the bookmarklet on one of my iPad notes so I I can just go find and copy it. While I was in there I made a note to learn more about bookmarklets.
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    Nice!

    My new goto link for this question.
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    Glad I could help (and that the info was useful and what you wanted).

    Yeah, bookmarklets are pretty awesome. I've got ones to go to the end of a web page, search Amazon, open in iCab browser, save to Evernote, make QR code and re-open with Readability (very handy if the default Reader square doesn't show up in the Safari URL box).

    That's the current list. The QR code maker one is very neat cause I can make a QR code of a website, scan it with my phone and then be browsing the web site on the phone. Very handy way to get text back and forth, also.

    But I digress.

    Again, glad it worked for you.

    Marilyn
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    Sweet! Thanks for the great instructions. Works great!
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    What's the QR one? I may find that useful!
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    Here's the JavaScript for the QR code maker:

    javascript:location.href='http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=qr&chs=300x250&chl='+encodeURIComponent(location.href);

    Just do the same process as above, but put in this JavaScript...

    I was a bit mistaken in that it only makes for the URL of the site you are at. I use this website here (http://goqr.me/) to create QR codes from text, links, etc.

    Together, they are very handy. Of course, and as always, YMMV.

    Marilyn
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    I didn't know about all of them. You know, there are enough of these now that we (by which I mean other people ;) ) should gather them up in a FAQ post.

    Thanks, Marilyn.
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    Great idea!
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    Wow...never even knew about bookmarklets. Thanks for the really clear instructions.
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    Just had great fun (I don't get out much lol) making QR codes with my new-found bookmarklet skills. This site is fab!
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    Yes, please! That would be super!
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    Wow. I'm glad my question helped you guys. I feel like I actually helped instead of sponging off information. Yes, I know I didn't contribute any meaningful information, but why drag logic into this?
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    Hi, thanks, but I cannot get it to work.
    I get 'safari Cannot open the page because the address is invalid'.
    I re did your instructions 3 times, and took out the space.
    Any help would be appreciated,
    J
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    Are you talking about saving a web page as a PDF? Because I just tested it and it works fine. The JavaScript is:

    javascript:pdf_url=location.href;location.href='http://pdfmyurl.com?url='+escape(pdf_url)

    *And I removed the space already, so all you have to do is paste the above into your URL field (when editing the book mark).

    I don't really know how to tell you any different, especially after you've said you followed the steps. Maybe you've run across a web site that just won't work to convert. Did you try another to see?

    Sorry not to be of more help - I just can't duplicate the error.

    Marilyn
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    Hi again,
    Thanks for taking time to reply. Sorry to sound like a dumbo, but I re did it and got 'page not found'.
    I am stumped, and have had macs for many years
    Thx tho'. J
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    Hi..
    I followed your instruction but page not found always pop out..
    :(..
    Thank you for your help
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    I would vote for PDF Printer for iPad, it works nice on creating Adobe PDF documents from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote files as well as Photos and Contacts on the iPad.

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