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Author Topic: How to print a multiple page forum thread?  (Read 861 times)

dcwul62

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How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« on: March 07, 2017, 12:28:26 AM »

Sometimes I'd like to have a .pdf (or .doc) of a multipage forum thread.


AFAIK there are no tools available. Forum often allow a certain maximum number of replies per page only.
So if a forum threads covers 50 replies, with a max of 5 replies per page, it will be 10 pages.
If I'd like to have all the 50 replies, I need to print 10 PDFs and combine them.

That aside, when printing the pages (within Firefox->Print) it will also print unnecessary stuff, like ads, search boxes, headers, footers.

It would be nice if there a tool was available that could print an entire thread.

For example: after launching the tool, the thread URL should be copy-pasted and then the tool should send text to PDF or printer

see:

Microsoft-forum defaultuser0 multiple pages thread


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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2017, 08:10:52 AM »
On this forum there is a "PRINT" button in the upper right of each thread that will display a simple one-page listing of the entire multi-page thread on one page for printout.

dcwul62

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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2017, 09:08:03 AM »
That is really great.
But for answers.microsoft, regretfully that doesn't work.

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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2017, 12:32:06 PM »
Fineprint (http://fineprint.com) allows you to tinker with the output before sending it to the printer.  You might look into that tool.

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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2017, 04:15:41 AM »
Don't know . . . I don't see it print multiple pages in forum threads.
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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2017, 06:55:40 AM »
Don't know . . . I don't see it print multiple pages in forum threads.
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You print each separately to fineprint without sending it to the printer.  It collates them into one print job, that you can adjust/manipulate as you will.

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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2017, 07:33:40 AM »
Don't know . . . I don't see it print multiple pages in forum threads.
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You print each separately to fineprint without sending it to the printer.  It collates them into one print job, that you can adjust/manipulate as you will.

@dcwul62 it's gonna need work i.e. printing of each page.

I do something similar with InfoQube (IQ): clip each page to IQ's webclipper, which if left open will combine them into one view, I can also strip out whatever I want. Clip is saved to an HTML pane which could then be printed to a PDFprinter.
Although I'd say Fineprint is more specialised and suitable for the job (unless you want other IQ features/capabilities).

Maybe some other webclipper could also be suitable? (But dont know of any that will do the magic 'automatically save all pages'.)
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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2017, 11:31:27 AM »
There is also pdffactory.  It's a printer like fineprint (and by the same company), but it will save to PDF.  The reason I didn't originally recommend it is that chrome already has a print to PDF printer in it.  So the process is as tomos says... you print each page to the print job, then take out what you don't want or rearrange if necessary.  Then send on to your PDF printer to save it as one PDF.

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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2017, 10:24:54 PM »
I am not a chrome browser fan but it does do a good job getting rid of the ads and banners when I want to print something.

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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 01:20:44 AM »
Use Pagezipper to make one huge page and then print it:
http://www.printwhat...ulike.com/pagezipper

But id doesn't work well on some sites ...

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Re: How to print a multiple page forum thread?
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2017, 05:16:56 PM »
Firefox + AutoPager addon https://addons.mozil...fox/addon/autopager/ perhaps?