Print is not dead. Try as we may to live paperless lives, we all need paper from time to time. Some things are just easier to work out with pencil and paper, after all – if only because paper never runs out of batteries.
PaperKit: Print Your Own Lined Paper
Sometimes you just need graph paper. If you don’t have any around the house, PaperKit makes it easy to print your own. Customize the dimensions however you like and you can download a printable PDF.
The site also makes it possible to print dotted and lined paper. Printer ink isn’t free, so it’s probably not a great idea to use this for all of your graphed and lined paper needs. Still, if you just need a few sheets now and then this site is worth checking out – and it’s perfect if you run out of graph paper and don’t have time to head to the store.
Jauntful: Printable City Guides
Travelling is great fun, and there are many great online travel guides out there, but sometimes you just want a map that points out the highlights. Jauntful lets users create just such maps, which you can view online or print.
You can search for cities, if you like, or sign in and get started making guides for your own. As you can see, I found a pretty cool one for Breaking Bad fans.
Saulify.me: Make a Clutter-Free Version of Any Site
Speaking of Breaking Bad: how freaking good is Better Call Saul? I honestly think this season is better than any single season of the show it spun off from. Wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah: Saulify.me. The site, which features a strangely familiar logo, lets you paste any URL to see a clutter-free version of the text it contains.
The idea is to make articles easier to read, but you could also use this when you want to print something. Sidebars and social buttons just aren’t useful on the printed page, and Saulify lets you quickly strip it away. Which is great for online reading, sure, but also really useful when you want to print an article.
GitPrint: Simple Tool for Printing Markdown
In my mind, word processors are retro. They’re designed for printing documents, in an age where most text is destined for publication online. Markdown offers web writers a faster, more precise way to format text for online publications, which is why GitHub – the repository which you should be using to host your software projects – uses Markdown for all documentation.
If you ever find yourself wanting to print some of that documentation, check out GitPrint. This simple site makes it easy to print any Markdown file on Github using a simple URL hack: just replace the “github.com” in the URL with “gitprint.com” to see a printable version of the document. If that’s too much work, there’s a Chrome extension (and a bookmarklet, for other browsers).
Check out our guide to learning Markdown if you want to learn the language. Believe me: it’s worth it.
Printable Puzzles: Crosswords, Sudoku and More
Sure, there are apps and sites for doing puzzles online, but sometimes paper and pencil is just more relaxing. If you want to spend an evening solving a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, Printable Puzzles is well worth checking out.
New puzzles in each category are added every day, so you’ll always have plenty to do.
What Do You Print Regularly?
You can avoid paper altogether, if you want. Printing to PDF helps, for example. More and more people are using these and other tools to do so, but printers aren’t going away any time soon.
And there’s no shame in using a printer. Knowing about the right sites can make things a lot easier, and I hope the above tools are helpful. Still, I want to know: what sites make your printer more useful? Let’s compile more in the comments below.