Thursday, April 1, 2010

Saving woodworking articles for later viewing, Part 2

If you have a Macintosh, you can simply "print" to a PDF printer - and that includes interesting articles that you've stumbled upon on the Web.  If you are a PC (user) then there isn't a native method to do this.  (See Part 1 for native methods to save webpages.)   However, for the last few months, I've been using PrimoPDF, a free print-to-PDF driver that is added to your printer selection combobox.  I especially like being able to highlight something and then print just that selection to a PDF file.  PDF is an acronym for Portable Document Format.  Like an MHT file, it stores everything you need in one file. A nice thing about PDF files is that they can be viewed on any machine (the first word in the name is Portable, after all.)  On a PC, the best way to view PDF files is by using Adobe Reader (also free!) which used to be called Acrobat Reader.  So, if you aren't afraid to install two pieces of software, ignore everything I said in Part 1! 

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