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Posted by Mirce
Oct 27, 2020 at 08:31 AM


Interesting workflow. I also used to Save As PDF / Print to PDF in Chrome for a while. Still use it for some pages (if they print correctly as PDF’s), however I found that PDF is sort of a dead end (for me). If I have the articles as html, I can later convert them to PDF if needed, but the other way around (PDF—> html) is not feasible.

Ah the Mac world. You are so “spoiled” by great applications. I’ve been tempted 100s of times to invest in a Mac, however the costs are prohibitive from my point of view. Managed to make a virtual machine with MacOS, however, played arround with some apps, however this solution is cumbersome (resolution of the guest OS is low, as MacOS is not officially supported by VirtualPC).

MadaboutDana wrote:
I tend to print off articles etc. I find useful to PDF, saving them to a
>folder/set of folders indexed by FoxTrot Pro. I did use Curiota (macOS),
>the rather nice free app provided by the developer of Curio; this works
>extremely well if you’ve got a large set of subfolders. However,
>for various boring reasons I now use a simple PDF export option I set up
>myself in Safari’s print dialog box.
> >Having said that, some web pages won’t allow you to go into reader
>view, or even print off more than one page at a time. For these, I use
>Bear (macOS/iOS only), which has a truly great web page import option
>(driven by a Safari/Chrome extension). The page ends up as Markdown,
>plus whatever images were on the page copied to a subfolder. You can
>then export the Bear page (if you want to) as PDF or a number of other
> >I regularly trawl through my (vast) collection of PDF files winnowing
>them down, or reducing file sizes using PDF Expert’s “Reduce
>File Size” option (again, macOS/iOS only).
> >Other options involving Safari extensions include Quiver (which handles
>web pages very well, but is restricted to macOS only) and Keep
>Everything (a rather good markdown-based information manager which
>hasn’t been updated for a while, but is very powerful; Bear is
>similar, however, in that it converts web pages into markdown).
> >MacJournal, DEVONthink and Scrivener also have “Save as PDF”
>options embedded in the macOS print dialog box, but I haven’t
>experimented with those. At one point I also set up Notebooks as a
>“Save to PDF” option, but found that this doesn’t
>always work predictably.
> >Cheers,