I have a confession to make. I like to print things. I enjoy reading things on line, but when something really gets to me (both in a good way and in a not so good way) I want a hard copy of it. Consequently, I am often found doing copy and paste from websites and blogs to a blank word processing document. Since I am Mac user, I copy from Firefox or Safari to Pages (the Mac word processor similar to Microsoft Word).
This works, but occasionally it doesn’t bring the graphics over very well, so if I want them I end up messing around with the document to get it the way I want. Then I can print it to PDF using Pages built in print to PDF ability (score one for Mac) or I can print a hard copy.
I just discovered something that is going to make my life a whole lot easier. It’s called Joliprint and it can take an article form a web site and turn it into a nicely formatted PDF. Complete with images. I can save the PDF, I can email it or I can print it on paper, just as I could with any PDF document. No more copy and paste to Pages!
I can install a button on my browser bar so that I can print any page that I happen to be looking at or I can copy the URL and go to the Joliprint site and enter the URL there. Either way, within a few seconds a window opens up with the PDF download info. And everything you need to know or do is on the very simple Joliprint website.
As the owner of this web site/blog I can also install a button after every post that allows the readers of my blog to get a PDF of my article. So, I have decided to do that. You’ll find it at the end of the post.
I like this and I think that you will too. If you aren’t the kind of person that has to print keepsakes, this might not be that cool to you. But, if you write a blog, I can pretty much tell you with great assurance that you have some readers who do like to print some of your article…why not make it easy on them and install Joliprint on your blog?
Oh, by the way, it’s free and works with both Mac and PCs!