Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Printing webpages as PDFs

PrintFriendly and PDF has a useful browser extension (tested on Chrome) that creates more readable PDFs from web content.

Here is a screenshot (click to enlarge) from a Matlab blog that I follow:

Notice that the webpage has lots of links, and a frame on the left.

When I use the "Print to File" feature directly from my Chrome browser, I get a PDF which looks like this:

It does the job, but it looks very amateurish. On more complicated websites, results can be horrendous.

Here is the same webpage, now using PrintFriendly.

Notice that the PDF is much cleaner, is well formatted, and contains all the relevant information.

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