We moved our blog from WordPress.com to a self-hosted blog at PrintWhatYouLike.com: www.printwhatyoulike.com/blog From now on, all new entries will be posted at PrintWhatYouLike.com.
Making your website printer friendly is kind of like flossing – everyone knows you’re supposed to do it, but few people bother because it’s such a pain. Now you can use PrintWhatYouLike to generate a printer friendly format for your site! No programming knowledge is required, and it only takes a couple minutes.
Here’s how it works: 1) Use the PWYL editor to format a page on your site for printing. 2) Copy the print button code to your blog. 3) When a reader clicks the button on your site, your changes will be applied to the page the reader is viewing, rendering it for print.
In addition to providing your readers with a nicely formatted page for printing, there are also options to save the page as a PDF, customize the page, and undo all the changes.
Check out the video: http://blip.tv/file/2248343
Add the button to your own site here: www.printwhatyoulike.com/print_button
We just released a new version of PrintWhatYouLike with some great additional features!
Now you can save the changes you make in PrintWhatYouLike and reapply those changes on other pages. For example, if you print lots of recipes from a website, you can save the set of changes it takes to make the recipe print nicely. The next time you need to print a recipe, just apply your changes. This is a great way to save time and easily make any web page printer friendly.
Do you compile bits and pieces of information from lots of different web pages? Usually, you will try to paste the parts of the web page into a Word document, but the formatting gets all messed up. I have to do this when I make handouts for my Girl Scout troop, and it is a real pain. With PrintWhatYouLike Pro, you can save snippets of web pages and easily compile them together into one document for printing. Since you do it all from browser, the formatting is preserved, and your document will look great when it is printed.
Now you can track how much money you are saving! PrintWhatYouLike tracks your savings in pages saved, money saved, trees saved, and CO2 saved
Since the new features require saving information, you will need to sign up for an account to use the new features. You can try out the new features by signing up for a Free Trial Account. You can save two change sets and six clips with a Free Trial Account. If you really like the new features, you can upgrade to a Pro account for $5/month and save unlimited change sets and clips!
We just released a bunch of new features for PageZipper! Viewing image galleries is now a breeze, and Firefox users can enjoy the Firefox Extension.
PageZipper takes articles which have been split into multiple pages and merges them back to one. So when you get to the bottom of an article, instead of clicking “Next” and staring off into space for 5 seconds while the page loads, just keep on reading. PageZipper will get the next page and add it to the bottom of the page you’re on.
PageZipper is most useful on image galleries. IMHO image galleries that put each image on a seperate page are a blight on the human race. Have you ever been on a gallery that’s so slow you actually click “next” as soon as the page loads, because you will be done viewing the image before the next page loads?? Well PageZipper makes photo galleries work the way nature intended. Just click control down. PageZipper will automatically center the next image in your browser. Continue clicking control down to view the remaining images. Press control-up to view the previous image. PageZipper takes care of figuring out which images are part of the gallery, and which pages needs to load to get those images. It even resizes any images which are too big to fit in your browser without scrolling. All you need to do is press control-down.
Cassie made a super cool video showing how all this works here: http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/pagezipper
PageZipper also seems to have been noticed by the web. It’s been on the pwyl site since December without hardly catching a glance. But a few days ago twitter user @steverubel mentioned it, and since then its been spreading like wildfire. Here are some good write-ups: cnet webware and Technology Bites I love how the internet works like that.
PrintWhatYouLike gets a lot of traffic from outside the US, and we found that many users were unable to use PrintWhatYouLike on sites that have international characters in the URL. For example, Wikipedia has versions of its free encyclopedia in many different languages, and the URLs for the articles include international characters, such as . In addition, some sites have Израилinternationalized domain names, such as
We love hearing from you! That is why we signed up with getsatisfication.com to help us connect with our users and provide better customer service. The Contact link on our homepage now has a form for you to send us your ideas, questions, problems, or just to chat.
Although we have answers to a lot of the commonly asked questions on our Help page, you may have a question that isn’t there. You can now send us your question directly from the Help page and we will try to answer for you. Then, if someone else has the same question, they can search for it on the Help page and find the answer.
Ink for inkjets now costs $8000!!!! a gallon. Manufacturers sell you the printers cheap, then overcharge on the ink to make back the money.
But you can beat them and keep your $$$ by being thrifty with ink. PrintWhatYouLike now makes this easier by integrating Ecofont. EcoFont is a really innovative font designed to reduce the amount of ink it takes to print text. It does this by including tiny holes in the characters. If you select Ecofont and then crank up the text size, you can actually see the holes! Just like Swiss Cheese. According to Ecofont’s creators, SPRANQ, it can reduce your ink consumption up to 20%!! Although a quick google search will find lots of people questioning this conclusion. It can’t hurt, and it seems logical that adding whitespace to the letters will reduce your ink usage. So try it out!
You can use Ecofont even if you don’t have it installed on your computer. Go to “Font Type” and select Ecofont. On Safari, IE, Firefox 3.1, and Opera 10 it will just work! On all other browsers you will have to install Ecofont the old fashioned way.
For legal and technical reasons, Ecofont isn’t available in the bookmarklet 😦
More info on Ecofont: http://www.ecofont.eu/ecofont_en.html