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Old 03. Jan 2010, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday I was browsing some GIMP tutorials and saved some as .mht files for later use. This morning I went to open one and it won't open or is taking too long. I'm using Opera so I can see what's happening as a page loads and the main hiccough seems to be with google ads that are on the pages. Opera says "sending request to" adclick or googleads or something like that and the only thing that loads is the header area.

I tried opening the .mht files with Firefox as well but FF doesn't seem to do .mht files?

I opened my trusty html editor and deleted the scripts referring to the ads but that made things worse - it seemed to lose the css and found the menu and that was about it. I tried saving as an .html file (from the .mht file) but that wasn't an option in Opera. I tried the same with the html editor but it froze

I then went back to the site and opened one of the original pages and tried printing to pdf with Bullzip. That too was unsuccessful as images where broken or non existent. On one occasion I got the file in pdf format in it's entirety but there were large blank areas, in part because an image didn't fit at the bottom of a page and so a new page was started. That is workable but untidy and the text is tiny.

Saving as an html file is not an option as I also want to save the images and folders just get too messy when saving a lot of pages, especially when down the track you want to delete some of the files.

What I'm after is a freebie that will allow me to save an html file in some form that is reliable and tidy. Better still would be something that would allow me to pick which parts of the page I want to save eg. remove the google ads in particular as I don't want bandwidth used to reload these every time I open a saved file.

Does any such beast exist?

PS. Just had the bright idea to actually try opening with IE8 and it worked but the file took a long time to open. I had actually clicked to close IE and it appeared to have frozen when all of a sudden the page appeared. It's obviously still loading stuff from the net so this would not be my ideal solution.
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Old 04. Jan 2010, 08:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm going to have a conversation with myself here

I have found a solution of a sort in the form of PrintWhatYouLike
I have been using it for maybe a year but had never noticed the Save As button PWYL allows you to choose what parts of a web page you want to print - you can delete chunks, images, backgrounds or you can change the font size or you can remove a menu or column and widen the page. What I just discovered is that under the Save As button are two options - html and pdf. I just created a wonderful pdf file that included all the images for one of the GIMP tutorials. Some of the images are carried over 2 pages ie. very bottom of one page and very top of the next but that's ok as there is not gaping white space.

The down side is the pdf file was 1.7MB

There are two ways of using PWYL. You can type the url into the site, which I've never done, or you drag a link to your bookmarks/favourites and when you get to a page you want to print you simply click the saved link. This opens a work panel down the left where you edit the page. There is also a PageZipper which I've yet to use that allows you to put together a set of pages, you know the sort that have a paragraph of text and then you have to click the next button for the next paragraph

I hope someone else finds this useful.
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Old 04. Jan 2010, 08:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks miskairal, I am sure someone else with similar needs will find it useful.
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Old 04. Jan 2010, 09:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have found a solution of a sort in the form of PrintWhatYouLike
I have been using it for maybe a year but had never noticed the Save As button PWYL allows you to choose what parts of a web page you want to print - you can delete chunks, images, backgrounds or you can change the font size or you can remove a menu or column and widen the page. What I just discovered is that under the Save As button are two options - html and pdf. I just created a wonderful pdf file that included all the images for one of the GIMP tutorials. Some of the images are carried over 2 pages ie. very bottom of one page and very top of the next but that's ok as there is not gaping white space.

The down side is the pdf file was 1.7MB
This is interesting.

Since it allows printing, you can 'print' it out using a virtual printer such as Bullzip PDF Printer, and save it into a pdf file. With the right setting, the printout file size will be smaller. The only drawback I see is that the hyperlinks will not be retained in the resulting file.

The PWYL's save as pdf is good in that it keeps hyperlinks, but the file size is not adjustable, and certain frames of a webpage I tried are not presented correctly.

In your earlier post about removing Google ads, Gizmo has an article on How to Remove Google Text Ads which can be helpful.
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Thanks for that link Jojoyee.
I'm pretty sure I tried printing with Bullzip from the PWYL service but lost some pics. Not sure about that now though as I have tried so many different things. I will try it again tomorrow.
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