Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

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00 Joliprint Logo   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrintAmazon has just announced that sales of its e-books have already surpassed printed books. Even though the news could be the sign that digital publications have started to hold its ground, e-books (and e-documents) still have a long way to go before they can completely replace their printed counterparts – if ever.

Kindle, iPad and other e-book readers and tablets might be the future of publishing, but nothing can replace the feeling of reading from the printed page – yet. That’s why most people still buy printed books and print articles from the web. But if you’ve ever tried to print webpages, you will know how horrible the results can be. To overcome this problem, people have invented tools like Readable, Readability and Instapaper, that come up with their own version of good looking printed webpages.


If you are on a quest to find a way to print nice looking webpages – either physically or digitally, you could try joliprint. This service will create a pretty PDF from any web page, and it will also help you add PDF-printing features on your website or blog.

Readers: Just Add The Address

From the readers’ point of view, using joliprint is as easy as writing down the web address and clicking the “joliprint it!” button.

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01a Add web address 21   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

The web service will compile the information on the page, strip out the unnecessary elements, convert it into PDF, and send the result to be downloaded by the user’s browser. This is a good way to collect information for your research. Later on, whether or not you want to print the PDFs into physical copies is up to you.

To see how good the PDF result is, I “joliprint”-ed one MakeUseOf article. Below is the result. To make the pages easier to read and to optimize the use of space on the paper, joliprint divides the text into two columns. It also resizes the images to fit the column width.

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Then I printed the same article into PDF – unmodified. I got the same layout as the website, along with the ads. Even though the web layout might be best for web viewing, it’s not optimized for printing.

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Another thing to note is that after comparing the two printouts, the joliprint version took less pages (only 3 pages) than the non-modified PDF version (6 pages).

While adding web addresses one by one to be PDF-printed is fine on one or two occasions, you might want to install joliprint’s bookmarklet if you do a lot of web printing.

01e Drag to bookmark bar   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

After dragging and dropping the bookmarklet button to your browser’s bookmark bar, give it a name.

01f Give name to bookmarklet   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

Now you can easily print any webpage that you encounter by clicking the bookmarklet.

Publishers: Integrate The Print Feature

If you own a website or blog, you’ll do your visitors a great favor by adding the joliprint button. To do that, go to the “Get the button” page and follow the instructions.

The first step is to decide the type of your site.

02a Site Type   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

If your site is a normal website, choose the kind of button that you want to use.

02b Choose Button   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

The last step is to get the embed code, then copy and paste the code to your website.

02c Embed Code   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

But if you own a WordPress blog, you’ll get more power by installing the joliprint plugin. You can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin repository, or…

03d Wordpress Download Plugin   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

You can search and install the plugin from within your WordPress blog admin area.

03a Joliprint Wordpress plugin   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

After the plugin is installed, you can customize several things about joliprint via its “Options” pages.

03b Joliprint Options 1   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

One of the available customizations is the header of the resulting PDFs. You can use your blog name as the header or define your own text header. You can even use your own graphic as the header.

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Another cool thing you can add to your joliprint feature is Google Analytics. By inserting your analytics code, you can track down and analyze the statistics of PDF-printing that your visitors do from your blog.

After you are done with the settings, you can check out your blog to see whether the joliprint buttons appear and whether the feature works well. By default, the joliprint button will appear at the end of posts and pages.

03e Result   Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint

As a person who still relies heavily on printed documentation, I find joliprint’s service to be indispensable. What about you? Have you tried joliprint? What do you think about printing out webpages? Do you use other similar services?

Please share your thoughts and opinions using the comments below.

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Jack Cola

I just use this little JavaScript widget in Firefox- it does the trick well javascript:void(window.open(‘http://www.pdfdownload.org /web2pdf/Default.aspx?left=0&right=0&top=0&bottom=0&page=0&cURL=’+document.location.href));

(note, remove the space between the .org and /web

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Jack Cola

I just use this little JavaScript widget in Firefox- it does the trick well javascript:void(window.open(‘http://www.pdfdownload.org /web2pdf/Default.aspx?left=0&right=0&top=0&bottom=0&page=0&cURL=’+document.location.href));

(note, remove the space between the .org and /web

Aibek

thanks for the tip!

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Keyvan

For an open source (free software) alternative, I’ve been working on PDF Newspaper: http://fivefilters.org/pdf-new… – anyone can host the code for themselves without sending URLs to a third-party (requires PHP and works with most shared web hosting accounts).

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Ebta

It sound nice, but when I try one of my blog article, I got this message:
“We are sorry but this page cannot be printed because its source is causing too much problems on the printing system”

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Keyvan

For an open source (free software) alternative, I’ve been working on PDF Newspaper: http://fivefilters.org/pdf-newspaper/ – anyone can host the code for themselves without sending URLs to a third-party (requires PHP and works with most shared web hosting accounts).

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Ebta

It sound nice, but when I try one of my blog article, I got this message:
“We are sorry but this page cannot be printed because its source is causing too much problems on the printing system”

Aibek

weird, we have sent the email to the JoliPrint team, hopefully they can exlpain this.

Anonymous

I’ve tried the service with tons of websites. All are successful with the exception of two errors – with messages similar to yours. I can’t conclude what causes the failures since those two are part of 6-page article, and the other 4 pages were printed successfully.

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Printing Calgary

Jeffry, thank you so much for the article and going into the details of how jolliprint works. I run a community blog in Calgary and honestly was looking for a tool like this for some time now. Thanks again for sharing!

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Leszek Cyfer

Whenever I find an interesting article I use prinwhatyoulike bookmarklet to edit page by removing anything I find superfluous and then I save it as html file in appropriate folder on my computer. If I print something, then I usually copy text to Word, edit, change font and size, make columns and print 15 pages on 3-4 (usually doublesided).

When I open the html file, any pictures left are loaded from the net, so the space taken on ther disc is very small. Sometimes, when I want to be sure that the pictures won’t disappear I save opened file as a full page using saving option from browser, overwritting the opened file.

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Leszek Cyfer

Whenever I find an interesting article I use prinwhatyoulike bookmarklet to edit page by removing anything I find superfluous and then I save it as html file in appropriate folder on my computer. If I print something, then I usually copy text to Word, edit, change font and size, make columns and print 15 pages on 3-4 (usually doublesided).

When I open the html file, any pictures left are loaded from the net, so the space taken on ther disc is very small. Sometimes, when I want to be sure that the pictures won’t disappear I save opened file as a full page using saving option from browser, overwritting the opened file.

Anonymous

Thanks for sharing.

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Kim Woodbridge

I tried joliprint on two different sites today and both gave me page could not be found errors. Not sure what was causing it.

Anonymous

It seems that the service couldn’t fetch the content. From my understanding, it might be the problem with the site format which redirect the content.

Have you tried with other websites?

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thurana

It seems that the service couldn’t fetch the content. From my understanding, it might be the problem with the site format which redirect the content.

Have you tried with other websites?

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