Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a PDF from a web page, part of Building PDFs with Acrobat XI.
Acrobat 11 makes it quite easy to create a PDF from a website, or a webpage. This can be useful in cases where you want to view a webpage while you're traveling and don't have access to the Internet. Or maybe you want to show a webpage within another document. Let me show you how this feature works. So I'm beginning this video with Acrobat already open on my screen. And if we go to the file menu, under the create menu, we have an option for create PDF from web page. So if I choose that option, you'll see that I have a dialog box that allows me to define the website that I want to grab.
Now what I'm going to do here I'm going to pick a website that is somewhat small just so that we can see how this works. So I'm going to type the name, this URL. And what we're going to do then is take a look at some of these options. So if I click on these settings, you'll see that the conversion settings, it's going to use a file type of HTML. Now you can choose a text or HTML. And you can choose additional settings here as far as the encoding, and the language, and so on, and so forth.
Now I'm going to go ahead and cancel that, and we're going to come down here for PDF settings. We can let it create bookmarks for us also place headers and footers on a new page. I'm actually going to uncheck that, because I really don't want that inside of my PDF. And then in the page layout category, we can choose what size document we want to use. So we can choose the dimensions, the margins, whether we want portrait, or landscape orientation. And then down here, we can tell it to scale wide contents to fit the page. And we can even tell if the switch to landscape, if it's scaled smaller than in this case, it's 70%.
So I'm going to click okay, and I'm going to click on this button here, because this allows me to choose how much of the website we're going to grab. Now if I choose, get entire website, you want to use this with a little bit of caution because if I were to do this to a big website, I'm going to be waiting a very long time. And more than likely Acrobat is going to crash on that operation. So you really want to be careful. What I usually do, is I'll choose to get only one level. And what that essentially is doing is when I choose that, I also have these two options to stay on the same path, and that downloads only webpages that are subordinate to this URL up here. And if I choose, stay on same server, then it only downloads webpages stored on the same server as this server up here.
So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to go ahead and increase this to two levels, and I'm going to click the create button. And what it's going to do is it's going to go onto the Internet. It's going to grab all of the content from this particular website, that I specified. And when it's all finished, you're going to notice that the PDF is going to open in the background. You can see that it's still grabbing some content, and adding it to the PDF as I'm working.
You can see over here it just added another bookmark, and that's one of the nice features about this operation, is that you can continue to work on this file. You can look at it and see what's happening, while the download is occurring. So now it's all finished downloading and you can see I can use these bookmarks to go to the different pages. There's the first page, there's the next one, and here's the other one as well. So you can really get a good idea of what this is going to look like. I can still read the content.
I can even have active links within this PDF. Now for these active links, you would in fact need an active Internet connection. But it's a really good choice for being able to just kind of peruse the webpage, and get an idea of what's on that site. As you can see, it's pretty easy to create a PDF from a webpage. Use a little caution when defining how much of a website you'll be capturing as you could end up with a pretty big file and a lot of waiting as well.
- Customizing the workspace
- Setting the initial view of a PDF
- Changing how a page displays
- Adding bookmarks
- Creating links
- Searching a PDF
- Creating and modifying PDF files
- Collaborating using comments and reviews
- Sharing files via email
- Creating and distributing PDF forms