Save web-pages as (pdf) file.

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    Question: I'm using the Safari browser on my iPad, at some moment I really like a web-site and I want to convert it into a PDF file so that I can stored it and/or send it to somebody else. How is this possible from the iPad? Any ideas?

    I don't want to send the URL because with dynamic pages the content of the site is not always the same anymore. I want to have a identical copy of the web-site into a PDF file.

    Thanks.
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    You could take a screen shot of the web page and send it.
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    Could be an alternative, but then I do not have the entire web-page. Only the part that is visible on the screen. So it is not ideal.

    And how can I make a screen dump?
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    Hold down the Home button and then the Sleep/Wake button (in that order!) and you will hear a sound like a camera shutter and that will save the screen shot in a folder called Saved Photod in your Photos app.

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    Once its there, you can tap the icon between Slideshow and the trashcan and you can email it, but you have to set up an email account on your iPad first!
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    Some web pages you can COPY and paste it into a normal iPad email. If you have the right kind of web page the graphics go into the email too.

    If that doesn't work try pasting it into Gmail using the web interface.

    It will not work pasting into PAGES.

    If you have a MAC and OS X just PRINT the web page to a PDF.
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    Evernote.

    Send the web page to EVERNOTE.
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    I have Evernote. How do you save a webpage to it?
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    I use an App called WebToolBox+ which saves a webpage to a pdf file and displays it in safari. Then I go to the http address line and insert a g in front of http and the PDF file is opened in goodreader.

    Does t his help?

    Knut
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    Well that sounds like a good solution.

    Checking the web-site for all the features is a problem at the moment _http://www.tapfactoryapps.com/WebToolbox, the web-site specifying the features of the app is NOT up and running. I guess I simply have to buy it and see if it is working.
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    Still down.
    I checked with the app store. There are 2 web toolbox apps. One with 60 and one with 70 + tools. I bought the 60+. Universal I think, and the 70+ seems to be for iPod und iPhone.

    Knut
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    I am new to the iPad and purchased GoodReader app. I do not have WebToolBox. I simply followed the advice above inserting a g in front of the http address of the Safari or Firefox page that I wanted to save and then hit "go" on the iPad keyboard. GoodReader automatically opens. GoodReader has many capabilities and I need to see if they have a manual online to download, since it solves a lot of the issues I have with saving webpages, other files into folders, etc.
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    I have been trying to do the same thing directly from the ipad without having to shunt between mbp/ipad.... will check out Good Reader.
    Tx

    PS - just installed Good Reader and did a test - worked perfectly!
    Thanks!!!!
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    Totally wrong..... so sorry!!!

    Sorry folks!!!! I am sooooo embarrassed. It only works if you are online. The moment you go offline, the file is no longer there. So - no, it doesn't do what I was hoping it would i.e. save web pages to pdf for future reference. Still looking........
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    Let me just mention 2 things.
    1. There is a web site - not a PDF doc - which you want to save as a PDF file, then you could use webtoolbox. This tool generates a PDF file out of a HTML or so file. This generated PDF file is displayed in your browser. To download it to your iPad use the tiny g in front of http and goodreader will save it to your goodreader "My Documents".

    2. You already see a PDF file in your browser then again you could use the tiny g routine and the file is under my docs.

    Of course, once you have the PDF file in your my docs folder the file is still there whether you are on or offline.

    Hope this helps.

    Knut
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    Just wanted to jump in here and say thanks to astein [for starting the conversation] and Knut for my new ownership of the nifty app WebToolBox+ ($1.99 at the app store).

    I was intrigued by the idea of saving a web page as a PDF file, so I tried it: launch WebToolBox+, load the PDF converter script, put a "g" in front of the http:// part of the PDF site and watch it open (as a PDF file) in Goodreader for later reading/editing. Way cool!

    I also found out that if you send the page as a link, it'll be a PDF that you send, which you can open with Acrobat (or, you can copy the link in the email on your iPad and then paste that link in Goodreader ... should you forget the "put the 'g' in front" trick). Kewl!

    But, this is more about WebToolBox+. So, far, I've loaded scripts to search within web pages and format web pages (to make them more text-like), in addition to installing the tool to convert to PDF. If I do no more tool loading, it's been well worth the $1.99.

    In short - thanks, Knut, for the WebToolBox+ tip. Nice!

    Marilyn

    P.S. Please note I'm not affiliated with anything to do with apps - I just want to express my thanks and give a mini review on a cool app... As always (I should put this as my signature line!) - YMMV.
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    Thanks a bunch for the tip 'bout the app. Sorely needed it. :D
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    Do I understand that WebToolBox+ is a requirement to using the g to download the page to Goodreader. And will it download all pages on that link. I've got a file with ~600 pages to save as a PDF.

    Larryo
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    @Irrry:

    In a way, yes. If you put a "g" in front of any http (at the beginning of the web addy), it will then open Goodreader. But, I can never get Goodreader to see anything. It can't open the web page...

    If you buy/download the WebToolkit+ app and [important] install the "make a PDF" script, and RUN that script - after that, when you put the 'g' in the front, Goodreader will open and download that web page as a PDF document (by the way, it's a regular PDF document, so you can edit it or change the name of it).

    Note that you put the 'g' in the addy AFTER the PDF has been created (a new web page will have loaded, which you know is a PDF because 'PDF' is right at the beginning of the new web addy.

    Whew! Hope all that made sense! Good luck.

    Marilyn
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    @Marilyn Thanks.

    For me it is different. For example I just typed the g in front of this threat's http line and goodreader downloaded it and when I tapped on the file goodreader displayed the threat. Of course in its own window.

    And as far as I remember, the possibility to download a web site with g from goodreader was available before I bought webtoolbox. But here I can not verify this functionality.

    Knut

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