UPDATE (Jan 29, 2013):
There is good news and sad news. First, the sad news.
According to their twitter account, the wonderful Joliprint service that I’ve been using to convert webpages to PDFs has closed its doors. A visit to joliprint.com confirms the service has gone off-line as of January 4. We will miss their excellent, handy pdf utility.
I’m basically like a crazy digital squirrel who snatches up tasty bits from the internet and hides them in my information tree.
And saving webpages as pdf files on my iPhone and iPad was one nut I just couldn’t crack. Until now.
Let me show you how.
I’ve been looking for a simple way to save webpages as PDFs from the iOS Safari browser for quite some time. See, I use Evernote to store research, interesting tidbits, records, blog material, and just about everything else I’m interested in. The great thing about Evernote is that everything I save in it is searchable — including pdfs.
That’s why I wanted to do more than just email a webpage url which is the usual MO for sharing web content from Safari. I want to capture the text itself as a gloriously searchable pdf file that will look great and print well for years to come without the need for tedious copy and paste and without the aid of a computer.
I finally have a simple, handy solution. In a few easy steps, you can create a custom bookmarklet in iOS Safari that will do just what I always dreamed — take a webpage and convert it to pdf. It’s free. It’s easy. And it has this digital squirrel twitching with delight.
The secret is this little string of letters and symbols:
A Few Simple Steps
Thanks, Owen. As a note, I had to fiddle with the the copy and paste routine a few times because my iPhone didn’t want to render the “tiny single quote marks” correctly. So I had to manually re-add them. No problem.
Love the intro!
PS – Do you mind if I link to this article through my site?
I don’t mind at all…. Thanks for reading!
Done! Thanks again for the info!
Thanks for this! It’s a huge help! Though a bit frustrating that several characters are converted by WordPress to HTML characters and thus do not work well when directly copied to the bookmark editing window on iOS, as you hinted at. Perhaps you would be so kind as to wrap the corrected code within “pre” tags?
That’s a good thought, Lucy. I’ve experimented with your suggestion and sadly discovered that iOS still converts those characters to HTML when pasting the script into the bookmark editing window. 😦
Not working for me; getting a Not Found error. Would someone double-check the syntax (either mine or the original)? Thanks.
I had no idea Joliprint was gone until your comment. Thanks again!