Do you find yourself looking for a cool way to save articles you see on the web? We put out so many quality articles, that you are bound to want to keep some around for reading offline, or for just coming back to when you need them. We offer plenty of information in PDF form in our Cheat Sheet and Guides sections, but wouldn’t it be awesome if you could turn any one of our articles into a PDF quickly and easily? Well with InstaWeb, you can.
InstaWeb takes any website and converts it to a PDF so you can get access to it even without cell phone service. If you find yourself in situations where cellular data is not available, having some reading material close at hand is incredibly useful. InstaWeb makes accomplishing this as simple as a couple of taps on your iPhone.
Best of all, you can grab InstaWeb free for a limited time from the App Store. The app normally sells for $2.99, so this is your chance to get a great deal on an easy to use app with some really cool functionality.
The main purpose of this app is converting websites to PDF files. You can do this in a couple of ways. Both of them require you to use the built-in browser to go to the site you want to convert to a PDF. Once on the particular page, you click the app’s logo on the bottom right of the screen, and the whole page will be saved as a PDF for to you read anytime, regardless of whether you have data on your device.
The other option for turning websites into PDFs is accomplished by pulling down on the page, like you would do to refresh in some other apps. This will cause it to clean up all the extras from the page, and just grab the article portion, similar to how Evernote Clearly works on a computer. Once it finishes cleaning up the page, it will show it to you, and give you the option to turn the cleaned up version into a PDF.
So what can you do with these files once you have them? First, you can click the “PDFs” button at the bottom of the screen to read them at your convenience. Depending on which method you used to convert the page into a PDF, you may have to zoom in to read the PDFs on the small iPhone screen.
You can also email the PDF files to anyone. This allows you to send it to yourself to read on your desktop, or to a friend if you think they might find a particular article interesting. To do this, you simply click on the PDF, and click the envelope icon at the top of the screen.
You can also print the PDF if your prefer to do your reading on paper. This is accomplished the same way as emailing, but instead of clicking the envelope, click the printer icon.
If you click the “Settings” button on the bottom of the screen, you will see an option to link the app with your Dropbox account. In doing so, you will be able to upload any PDF file for viewing anywhere. To actually upload the PDF, click the arrow next to its name in the list, and you will see a “Dropbox” button. Click that, and within a few seconds, the file will be uploaded and ready to access anywhere you go.
If you are looking for a cool app for storing webpages in PDF format for offline viewing, this is the perfect one for you. You can read, print, email, and even upload to Dropbox from this one app. You can even get the normally paid app for free from the App Store if you act fast. Don’t wait though, because before you know it, the app will be back to its regular price of $2.99!