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Thursday 21 November 2013

WEB to PDF - App Review

I'm a fan of PDF (for those of you who hadn't gathered that already)... just thought we'd get that out of the way first.

It is a totally portable format; PDF documents can contain text and images, be opened by just about any device, and is modifiable. Puts paid to any compatibility issues.

What WEB to PDF does is allow you to save any page you find o the Internet as a PDF document.

Now for the ACIDS test:

At its absolute simplest, the App is a web browser; you could, if you chose, use it instead of Safari. This would however not take advantage of the big plus, the PDF conversion.

Within the options, you can set the start page (anything you want... maybe this blog), whether or not to fit the page to paper size, as well as whether or not to save open tabs from the previous session (that way you either start 'clean', or where you left off).

Using the App is similar to Safari, in that you type the address (url) you want to go to in the header box. Once it has loaded, touch the add PDF icon at the bottom of the screen. A box pops up in which you name the page; the default is the address of the page you are browsing, with '/' replaced with '_'.

The page is then immediately in a files tab at the bottom of the page. You can now annotate the page in many colours, using highlighting, a pen, as well as text. You can now open the page in your favourite PDF viewer (there are many available and a few have been reviewed here... check the scrollable list on the right).

The other really great thing is that you can send the PDF directly to your Dropbox; brilliant.

There are other control options, including adding pages to the current document and reordering pages.

If you are, like most people, so used to Safari that you do not want to change browser, the App can create a 'favourite' in Safari that you can then use to convert pages directly from there. This does add a step to the process but, life is about compromise.

The App costs $4 in the App store.

I can't talk for you but... (IM(H)O)) PDF documents are a necessity of life; being able to convert web pages is a natural part of this.

The App performed flawlessly; given that it involved also resting passing information from another App (Safari), this is a particularly good result.

You can save pages directly to your Dropbox account.

ACIDS Test Rating:

For PDF devotees... and everyone else.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get WEB to PDF here and support for the App here.

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