PDF Creation

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PDF Virtual Printers

If you need to save web pages to PDF files and you have administrative rights on the PC you should probably download and install the free, even for commercial use, CutePDF Writer or the open source PDFCreator. Both of these products install as a virtual printer, so you just print to CutePDF Writer or PDFCreator as you would to any other printer, but instead of a piece of paper coming out of a physical printer, these products will prompt you with a "Save As" dialog box to select a file name/location where the "printed" PDF will be saved. I use both of them and they are both easy to use, but there are a few differences.

By default, CutePDF Writer will only display a single "Save as" dialog box, where PDFCreator will display will display an additional properties dialog box first; however, PDFCreator has many more options than CutePDF Writer. PDFCreator can print to many different formats and can even be configured in an Auto-save mode where you specify a folder and all "prints" will quietly get saved in this folder with no user intervention.

Once installed, anything you can print from any Windows application can be saved to a PDF file. Within Awasu, this means you can "print" Channel Summary pages, Channel Reports, Search results, Application Plugins, etc. to PDF files.

Send to and User Tools

But if you do not have the administrative rights to install CutePDF and/or PDFCreator or you are running Awasu in Portable mode, you can use the following Awasu Send to tools with some free PDF-conversion web services to save web pages as PDF files.

I've included the Send to and User tool definitions for two different PDF conversion services, [Web2PDF] and [PDF]. Personally, I prefer Web2PDF as it seems understand Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and do a better job of producing a PDF file that visually matches the web page that I sent it.

Since both of these PDF creation services, require a publically accessible URL as input, there are not suitable for creating PDF files of Channel Summary Template, Channel Reports, or Application Plugins pages (unlike the PDF virtual print drivers mentioned above). Use them as Send to tools to send the full web page of a feed item to their service from a Channel Summary Template; use them as User Tools anytime you are displaying a web page with a publically accessible URL in Awasu.

Web2PDF Online

[User Tool 1]
Flags=0
MenuText=
Name=Save as PDF (Web2PDF Online)
PostDataTemplate=
RequiresHttpAuth=0
Type=0
UiControl=0
UrlTemplate=http://savepageaspdf.pdfonline.com/pdfonline/pdfonline.asp?cURL={%25URL%25}

PDF Download

[User Tool 1]
Flags=0
MenuText=
Name=Save as PDF (PDF Download)
PostDataTemplate=
RequiresHttpAuth=0
Type=0
UiControl=0
UrlTemplate=http://www.pdfdownload.org/web2pdf/Default.aspx?left=0&right=0&top=0&bottom=0&page=0&cURL={%25URL%25}