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Posted by on Jan 25, 2010

I can’t claim total credit for this find. I was going through Twitter and came across a retweet of something from Susan Hall, one of my local Twitter buddies, who writes a blog called Penguin Hall Monitor.

It’s called PDFMYURL, and what it does is turns any url you type into its window into a pdf file. Now, when I read this I thought “what the heck would anyone ever want to use something like that for.” Still, I’m game to try things out, so I typed in one of my websites urls and hit enter. It opened a menu window so I could pick where I wanted to save it, and it saves it with the url name in the file. Then I opened it up, and indeed, my entire page was there.

Suddenly I could see the appeal of such a thing. One, it’s a fast way to capture a news story without having to print the entire thing out. Two, if you’re searching for specific information, such as instructions on how to do something, you could save that as a pdf file in case you’re worried about having to deal with that sort of thing again. Three, it’s a neat way to capture information on the fly so you can look at it later on, and you wouldn’t have to be thinking to yourself “where did I find that sucker” because the url would be in the file name.

I like this little thing so much I’ve added it to my bookmarks toolbar for easier access. It hasn’t made the main line yet, however; gotta figure out what I’d want to move to make room for it. Hey, give it a try; you might find you like it yourself. Neat things can be found on the internet, eh?

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Hey Mitch,

I can totally see how that would be usefull, saves copy the page into a word doc then turning that into a pdf etc, very cool tool!
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January 25th, 2010 | 5:31 PM
Mitch:

That’s what I thought when I saw it.

January 25th, 2010 | 7:06 PM

Wow, I’ve been looking for a product that does this for a while now. Thanks for sharing!

January 25th, 2010 | 7:21 PM
Dennis Edell:

Very cool find Mitch and also kinda creepy in the timing, lol. I was just turned onto a plugin that does the same thing for blog posts/pages…

January 27th, 2010 | 9:08 AM
Mitch:

Timing is everything, right Dennis? 🙂

January 27th, 2010 | 10:21 AM
Tomas:

There is similar web site http://www.web2pdfconvert.com

Has one cool feature, referral url conversion, if you click link below this blog post will be converted to pdf.

Save to PDF

More info http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/pdf-button.aspx

April 21st, 2010 | 5:32 AM
Mitch:

Thanks for sharing that tool, Tomas. I’m sure there’s plenty of things like this out there.

April 21st, 2010 | 12:29 PM

Hi Mitch,
I am totally agreed with you as you told about “it’s a neat way to capture information on the fly so you can look at it later on” this thing really worked for me.

June 23rd, 2010 | 8:55 AM