Are you a student?
Or maybe a lookin’-for-that-next-car(er)? 😎
Do you need to capture online research and review it, later?
Read on, and I’ll dazzle you with my awesomeness.
Did I write that out loud?
What I really mean is …
I’m hiding behind the fact this big, bad former
IT technical writer didn’t figure this out on her own.
It came from the person who really ran our department.
No matter what our boss said.
Oh, yeah. You know who I’m talking about.
Our all-knowing, all-powerful … department admin.
Among her bazillion tech surprises, she had this gem tucked up her sleeve. It comes in handy for me all-l-l the time.
“Hey, Kathie, have you gone all techie on us?”
No, I haven’t turned this into a technical blog, but I wanted to expand on my post about protecting email documents by saving them as PDFs.
Today, I’m talking to those of us who research online and need to quickly save a webpage for later review.
Yes. I said webpage.
And we’re gonna see how to pop it into a PDF file.
The whole thing. Even the parts you would scroll to see.
And lo, there was an outcry in the land: “Sign me up!”
The application I use to capture webpages
Fancy schmancy ($$) applications are available, but my favorite is the no-nonsense free download from CutePDF Writer.
You can purchase an upgrade, but the freebie works fine for me.
Using your PDF writer
CutePDF Writer installs on your computer as a printer (which takes getting used to).
1. Right click on the page you want to save.
2. Select Print… on your computer’s pop up list.
3. Choose your CutePDF Writer printer.
4. Click Print.
It takes a moment to run through the process, saving everything you would find when scrolling through this particular page.
5. Provide a destination and name for your PDF.
There’s no more tedious copy/paste/scroll down/copy/paste … etc. while capturing a lot o’ junk items along the way.
This is easy, and you get a good, clean copy when you’re done.
Using the PDFs you create
Here are two ways to use this option to speed up a project.
I’m researching during your website assessment, and I’ve discovered the behind-the-scenes coding your top competitor uses to grab your potential clients.
I capture the information into a PDF, and will add parts of it to the report I’m constructing for you.
It took very few mouse clicks, and it’s a great boost for your business.
You’ve discovered a story you need for your new book.
I’m editing your first draft, and I need a copy of the story. You quickly grab the entire webpage into a PDF and email it to me.
Yes, I see your point. And yes, I’ll suggest areas where we can incorporate the idea.
And you captured it … with very few mouse clicks.
Easy, peasy2 (and science-y!).
• The entire page is captured (even parts you can’t see).
• Data from other pages on the website are not pulled.
• You aren’t capturing the entire website … just this page.
Join the Conversation
I remember how surprised I was when I discovered CutePDF, and I would love to hear your reaction to this tool.
Here are some sharing ideas on this topic, but feel free to add your own.
• Are you using this process, now? How has it helped you?
• What other tool have you found to capture online info?
• What writing tool would you like to invent?
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Let’s all learn from each other!