Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Print Friendly and PDF

If you have followed me for any amount of time, you know that I am inherently against printing. It isn't something that I do very often and avoid at ALL costs. That being said, there are times when I need a PDF or need to capture some information off a website. Enter Print Friendly and PDF

This has become one of my FAVORITE extensions. For me, it is a go-to as an extension on Chrome. Their website boasts support for Safari, FireFox, IE, and even iOS devices. For detailed information, try this link:
http://www.printfriendly.com/browser_tool

After installing/adding the extension, simply click on it when you are on a page you would like to save as a PDF. For instance, I have used it for compiling job descriptions, newspaper articles, the current headlines of CNN.com, and more! It is a HUGE time saver and easier for me than saving bookmarks. Websites are always subject to updating or being taken down. This protects the data I need from that. If you MUST print, it has that option too. 


Before printing (or making a PDF), notice the other features this extension offers. You can remove images (including ads!) from the document. If you choose to not print or create a PDF, you can also send an email. For all of those who need to cite sources, the document includes the URL where the information was gathered. There is also an option to change the font size. This is great for emerging readers, those with vision issues, and for annotating the PDF later. 

If you haven't tried Print Friendly and PDF, I encourage you to give it a once over today!

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