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Author Topic: IDEA - Save / Convert any given URL to a PDF File  (Read 3475 times)

Deep-Silence

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IDEA - Save / Convert any given URL to a PDF File
« on: March 14, 2010, 09:19:53 AM »

Hi Guys,

I am coding little around with Autohotkey myself.  :D
Recently i have been working on a program that filters the "Print-Version" of certain
articles off a website.

Some URLs containing an extension like htm, html etc. some don't. "pid=123" etc.

What i want to do is to convert these URLS to a PDF for example using the following Syntax.

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URL2pdf.exe "www.google.de" "C:\google.pdf"


to do this in background, too.

There are lots of solutions out there, that a private person is unable to pay for.
Thanks for any Comments... :-[


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Re: IDEA - Save / Convert any given URL to a PDF File
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2010, 09:28:46 AM »
have you tried these online converters? the 1st website allows syntax like this: http://www.htm2pdf.co.uk/?url=<url>

http://www.htm2pdf.co.uk/
http://www.pdfmyurl.com/
http://www.pdfonfly.com/
http://www.url2pdf.de/
http://html-pdf-converter.com/en
« Last Edit: March 14, 2010, 09:43:57 AM by lanux128 »

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Re: IDEA - Save / Convert any given URL to a PDF File
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2010, 09:36:49 AM »

Yes, i do know about this page, but i did not got it to work
to Send the URL and get back the PDF File.  :-[

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Re: IDEA - Save / Convert any given URL to a PDF File
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2010, 09:52:31 AM »

The thing is, i do not want to depend on
the service of a website, that might go done "in the near future", :(
so one cannot count on it to be available at any time you need it.

Thanks,


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Re: IDEA - Save / Convert any given URL to a PDF File
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2010, 09:56:07 AM »
if you use Firefox as your browser, you can set a pdf printer like CutePDF as the default printer and use this addon to print the url - Command Line Print.

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firefox -print http://www.example.com/index.html
http://sites.google....ri/commandlineprint2

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Re: IDEA - Save / Convert any given URL to a PDF File
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2010, 10:18:54 AM »
Hi lanux128,

Thanks for your suggestions,
i really appreciate them.  :Thmbsup:

i am using Opera as my browser, but perhaps i can setup a portable version,
to get it to work. Hope it can be done in the background.  :-\

Thanks

I mentioned earlier, that there are a couple of solutions on the market you need to pay for.
I would like to point to verypdf html to pdf converter commandline
to give you an impression what i am thinking about. (URL to PDF only  ;))
« Last Edit: March 14, 2010, 10:26:27 AM by Deep-Silence »

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Re: IDEA - Save / Convert any given URL to a PDF File
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2010, 11:48:58 AM »
 I like  lanux128's idea, here's another thought


PDF Creator has a command line option to convert a file to PDF
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/IF<input-filename> /OF<output-filename>
Convert a postscript file to a PDF or bitmap. The /OF parameter must be used in conjunction with the /IF parameter. To set the output file format, include the file extension in the output file name. There is NO space between the parameters and the file names.
Examples:
pdfcreator.exe /IF"C:\description.ps" /OF"C:\description.pdf"
pdfcreator.exe /IF"C:\description.ps" /OF"C:\description.tif"

It doesn't accept a URL, though. I did see a command line url to mht converter out there if you want to be a guinea pig. (I haven't tried it). Then you might be able to do that in two lines of a batch file, the first line converting the url to mht, the second one converting the mht to pdf. There may be a better intermediary than MHT, I was just thinking of it because it preserves images.

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Re: IDEA - Save / Convert any given URL to a PDF File
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2010, 02:56:52 PM »
Wondering if there is a command line equivalent of right clicking on a URL shortcut and hitting print and having it figure out what to do based on the what Print verb for the URL filetype says in the registry.
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« Last Edit: April 27, 2010, 03:08:58 PM by daddydave »