Once in a while I find an article on the Internet which I’d like to archive but don’t want to waste any paper printing it. Mac OS X (10.4.x and 10.5.x) at the least includes a built-in print-to-PDF function, whereas Windows Vista offers little through it’s XPS document feature. Neither one, though, has support for retaining the hyperlinks present in webpages. Although Adobe’s Acrobat product can do this, it is way too expensive for me to keep upgrading, and frankly it’s not that user friendly or even great at doing it.
In search of a more budget friendly solution, I have found some options, and they were free. However, I would like to start with a Windows program called NitroPDF Express. This $49 application allows me to create passwords for my PDF files, combine multiple PDF files, and of course create or print PDF files. Too bad it doesn’t keep the hyperlinks from webpages, and that the company who makes it doesn’t advertise it more than the $99 PRO version. But for PDF management it’s worth the price me thinks. Or for the FREE alternative by the same company, try PDFHammer and PrimoPDF.
Now to print webpages to PDF with hyperlinks via the FireFox 3.x webrowser I really like the plugin (from makers of NitroPDF) called PDFDownload.
Did I mention it’s also FREE? Maybe I’m saving the best for last, but another FREE yet worthwhile tool is htm2pdf. You can use Safari, Internet Explorer, or Firefox (and maybe others too) to generate a PDF from a webpages with hyperlinks. If you use Firefox, though, be sure to check out the Bookmarklet feature!