Little PDF Trick

I had a meeting this afternoon and wanted to show various designs to the clients so we could start getting a direction for the visual aspects of the site.

Since the meeting was in a non-Wifi enabled place, before I left I started opening a bunch of tabs in Safari but in going through the design links I’ve got “bookmarked” in my local wiki there were a few that had changed to something less appealing or that had completely disappeared.

Instead of keeping all those tabs opened and because I didn’t want to loose ohter examples in the future I decided to try another angle. A few weeks ago I installed Saft because it saves tabs when you close the browser and allows you to save a tab set to reload later. It also adds an “Export PDF” link in the contextual menu so I started a file where I’m dumping designs, it’s a one click 2 second thing and should prove useful again.

It also saves the whole page, not only the view port like a screen grab would do. It did have a problem with stylesheets on a couple of sites but overall I’m pretty satisfied.

I’m thinking it might also be a good idea for articles I want to keep but don’t feel like cut and pasting, much quicker. Mainly though, it’s going to be useful to show stuff to clients, just like today.

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