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Posted by Kinook
Oct 23, 2020 at 05:28 PM


Yes, the pages will be displayed in UR or UR Viewer.

Even if the files are imported as linked files and not stored, the content is still parsed, indexed, and searchable in UR.


UR can handle large files without difficulty.




Posted by Franz Grieser
Oct 23, 2020 at 06:33 PM


Mirce wrote:
>Thank you for the tip regarding NotebooksApp - i suppose it is the
>version by Alfons? It is a pitty that it also doesn’t show the saved
>page as it was (i.e. without pictures).

Yes, I was talking about Alfons Schmid’s NotebooksApp.
For me, the combination of NotebooksApp and SingleFile is good enough, as far as I can say after a few hours of using it. Most of the time, the text is sufficient for my needs.


Posted by Gorski
Oct 24, 2020 at 12:45 AM


> How do the other members of this forum keep interesting stuff found on the web?

I hate all the crap that comes with saving a web page as html. I usually just want the words so for years I’ve used an Autohotkey script that just saves selected text from the web page to a text file with the URL.

When I do want the images too, I use the SingleFile extension.


Posted by Gorski
Oct 24, 2020 at 12:50 AM


I should add that while I prefer my Autohotkey script, the markdown-clipper extension is very good for saving web pages to text in Markdown format.



Posted by MadaboutDana
Oct 26, 2020 at 10:45 AM


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 formats.

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.



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