Convert Any Web Page to a PDF File

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Have you ever wanted to download one or more web pages in a form that you could read on a PDA or an ebook reader?  Have you ever come across a large web page which you wanted to print, but which your web browser simply couldn't scale properly?

One way to solve both of these problems, and more, is to convert that web page to a PDF file, and www.web2pdfconvert.com is a great, easy and free way to do just that.  Go to the site, enter the URL of the page you want to convert, press the button, and in just a few seconds your PDF file is ready to download.

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This site, as a PDF, courtesy of www.web2pdfconvert.com

As a way of archiving important web-based information alongside traditional documents, converting the files to PDF format makes a lot of sense, as you can then add them to your indexing system.  It also makes it easy to download web-based manuals and read them on an e-reader such as a Kindle. 

Another reason why I like www.web2pdfconvert.com is because I sometimes need to print a web page which is too large for my printer.  Almost all of the browsers I've tried tend to make a mess of printing large pages.  By converting the page to PDF first, and then letting Adobe Reader handle the printing, I have much more control over the whole process.

 


My thanks to user Tomazaz for bringing this Hot Find to my attention.  If there's a freeware product or web-based service that you think qualifies as a Hot Find, please let me know via http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/submit-product-review.htm


 

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@ RussAdams, I tried the Page you named and the links are active in PDF document. E.g.: 'SUPPORT', 'ACCOUNT' in corner right; the same in links that are in bottom page.

P.S.: I use a portable app. that does the same than that web page converter: 'Free HTML to PDF Converter', download here:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/PDF/Free-HTML-to-PDF-Converter...

Very nice!

Does anyone know of anything that does this but keeps the links in the article live?

I.e. will save as a PDF and when you open the PDF you can still click on the underlying links?

Thanks!

Russ

Welcome your query RussAdams. Web2pdfconvert.com described in this article does support clickable links in the pdf file saved from a web page.

Hi Jojo,

Well, it doesn't support clickable links when *I* use it. Tell me your secret?

I just tried this page:

http://www.topazlabs.com/adjust/

NONE of the clickable links were active in the pdf created.

Russ

Certain clickable items on a web page won't work in a pdf file Russ. For example, the items "PRODUCTS" and "RESOURCES" on the webpage you've mentioned contain empty hyperlinks and they are used with a style sheet. When clicked by the user, the items are expanded to sub-items in a drop-down menu. This usually takes effect on a web page and not supported in a pdf file. However, those clickable items with common hyperlinks should work well. Hope this reveals the secret :)

The link:

"Learn more about adaptive exposure →"

Looks like a straight forward link to me. I hover my cursor over it and the link appears at the bottom of firefox as the true URL. Right click it and I can copy the actual URL. Yet is not clickable in the generated PDF.

Apologies for being rude, but I'm not finding your argument persuasive, just techno-babble equivocations.

The link is there on the page. The generated PDF does not contain it. In the real world that means it didn't capture a clickable link.

Russ

You're welcome Russ.

This is how most browsers work. When you mouse over an empty link, it defaults to the URL of the current page that you're viewing. You can also right-click to copy its link. But when you click that item, for example, "PRODUCTS", it actually leads to nowhere but only works as a drop-down menu.

You may give this a try. While you're on that web page, check the source of the webpage by press Ctrl-U. Then on the source page, press Ctrl-F and try to find this word "PRODUCTS", you will then notice that it's embedded in an empty link.

Hope this helps.

Hi Jojo,

I agree: PRODUCTS isn't a clickable link.

My example was "Learn more about adaptive exposure" which IS a clickable link.

majoMo’s reply indicating that it worked for him made me go back and double check the links. Sure enough, real links like the one I mentioned above, are captured.

Web2pdfconvert.com hand does indeed to what I requested.

My viewer just didn't switch to a link when I moved the mouse from right to left over the link. Very odd. That made me think it wasn't working at all. But if I move my mouse from top to bottom or bottom to top over the link it switches to a link.

Thanks anyway.

Russ

You're spot on Russ "Learn more about adaptive exposure" is a clickable link. Different from some other links on the page, it's a local link (jumping to an anchor on the same web page). In my tests just now, www.web2pdfconvert.com converted most links but didn't convert a local link well. When viewed in a reader such as PDF XChange Viewer, the link was not clickable even though the hand was changed to a pointer. www.pdfmyurl.com is a good alternative which works well in this respect though.

Hi Jojo:

I tried pdfmyurl and although the links work, it seriously messes up the format of the pages, including splitting images between pages.

Looks like the search is still on...

Russ

MY APOLOGIES!

It seems majoMo is correct! The links ARE there.

I'm using PDF Xchange Viewer to view PDF's. If I approach a link from the RIGHT moving LEFT then I cannot click on the link.

However, if I approach the link from the top or the bottom, and move my cursor slowly it does switch to a link.

Please accept my apologies. It DOES capture links.

In my system it looks like I just need to move the cursor slowly to get them to work.

In that Topaz page the tags PRODUCTS and RESOURCES are not links, but are drop downs. I don't expect them to work from a PDF. SUPPORT and ACCOUNT are links, I *do* expect those to work, and they do work.

Thanks everybody, this is a cool tool.

Russ

Oops. The links do NOT work. As JoJo points out, the cursor changes to a pointer, but there is no underlying link.

So no joy.

Russ

@ RussAdams, Pls see first post (my mistake...).

@ majoMo

Which software did you use that it worked with?

Russ