Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to Open PrintFriendly in a New Tab

By default, PrintFriendly button installed on your site will show a pop-up right within your page whenever someone clicks on it. However, if you want the button to open in a new tab, simply follow this tutorial.

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > PrintFriendly & PDF from WordPress dashboard.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

PrintFriendly v5

We've been on a mission to create a new version of PrintFriendly. Our goal was to defeat insidious Browser Bugs, punch through error-filled HTML pages, and unify our website/plugin technology.

We created v4, but ended up having to scrap it. Would v5 be any different? Would we end up back where we started?

Practice makes perfect. After months of hard work we had an important victory, launching v5 on PrintFriendly.com.

The fight is not over yet though. We still need to integrate the plugin/extension/button technology, which has some major challenges. However, my confidence is renewed!

Special thanks to PrintFriendly developers Dragan & Manu! Dragan Stankovic has been in the ring fighting to make v5 happen. He analyzed parsing algorithms, and eventually created a new one in a different language. Manu J is the veteran, he created the foundation and has been the coach.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Catch Exclusive Interview of PrintFriendly Founder Taylor Norrish

PrintFriendly is an amazing web app. It comes handy for all class of users at one point or another. We know it. And our users know it. That's why PrintFriendly is wildly popular and is getting more exposure in the social media.

Nelson Ta, Content Editor and lead blogger at OmniBeat, first wrote a review of how great PrintFriendly is when it comes to printing pages from the web as well as making PDF without the need of downloading and installing software for that. You can check out the review of PrintFriendly on OmniBeat here.

However, the idea and usability of PrintFriendly made Nelson so curious about it that he actually went ahead to catch Taylor Norrish, the founder of PrintFriendly, on a Google+ Hangout to interview him.

In the 8-minute interview, Taylor of PrintFriendly explains what made him develop such an awesome little application on the web and how people are reacting to it. He said that most people actually use PrintFriendly to read documents online while a number of other people use it to make PDF of web pages. Taylor also discusses about other ways of using PrintFriendly.

Although Bookmarklet is the fastest way to print and make PDF pages from the web, most people find it outdated. Novice users often have trouble finding the bookmark bar on their browser. In that sense, plugins or extensions are more common and that's why PrintFriendly team is working to develop a Firefox plugin. Taylor also noted that a Google Chrome extension is already available which has been downloaded over 21,000 times as of writing this post (21,936 to be exact). This shows us a bit of how popular PrintFriendly is and how great it is at what it does.

Catch Taylor's Interview with OmniBeat in the video below:

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Fastest Way to Print A Page is PrintFriendly Browser Tool

Do you constantly need to print articles from websites? Do you find yourself going to PrintFriendly.com regularly to print or make PDF of pages? Have you ever wondered if there was an even faster way to make PrintFriendly page without having to go to PrintFriendly.com each time?

PrintFriendly browser tool has been there for a long time. It's a print friendly button that sits on your browser instead of the webpage. The best thing about the browser tool, or browser bookmarklet, is that it doesn't need the webpage to have a PrintFriendly button installed. Even if the website you're viewing doesn't have PrintFriendly button, you can still print or generate a PDF copy of the webpage right from the page without navigating away. Today I'll show you how easy it is to set up PrintFriendly browser tool on your browsers.

Basically there are two steps to installing PrintFriendly browser tool on your browser. The first step is to show the bookmark bar. Just like menubar, bookmark bar is a bar that shows the bookmarked items on your browser. You have to make sure that the bookmark bar is visible. If it isn't, the first step is to make it visible.

The second step is to install the tool. Don't worry about the word "install", because it's just drag-and-drop. Follow along to see how these steps are done in the most popular browsers.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Print Friendly Speaks Your Language

Did you know that the PrintFriendly toolbar automatically adjusts to your visitor's language settings? For example, if your browser is set to Arabic, then the PrintFriendly toolbar will use Arabic, like so:

Or maybe if your browser's language is set to Spanish, you'll see the following:

PrintFriendly recently added Turkish, Estonian and Hungarian to its language templates, bringing the total number of PrintFriendly-supported languages to 30. (Of course,  PrintFriendly can print web pages in *any* language, not just these 30.) If you would like to add support for another language, then please contact support@printfriendly.com.

PrintFriendly Supported Languages:

    • Arabic 
    • Bulgarian 
    • Chinese 
    • Croatian 
    • Czech 
    • Danish 
    • Dutch 
    • English 
    • Estonian 
    • Finnish 
    • French 
    • German 
    • Hebrew 
    • Hungarian 
    • Italian 
    • Japanese 
    • Korean 
    • Lithuanian 
    • Norwegian 
    • Polish 
    • Portuguese 
    • Russian 
    • Serbian 
    • Slovak 
    • Slovenian 
    • Spanish 
    • Swedish 
    • Thai 
    • Turkish 
    • Ukrainian 

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    Add PrintFriendly Button Using Blogger's Built-in Add Widget Tool

    You can easily add the PrintFriendly button to your blog using the Add Widget Tool. If you prefer to do things the hard way, then you can manually add the PrintFriendly button.

    Step 1: Get the PrintFriendly button.

    Step 2: Tell Blogger Where to Install.

    • Select your blog. 
    • Leave the Title blank.
    • Click the Add Widget button.
    * If nothing happens, note that PrintFriendly currently works on any of the Classic Blogger/Blogspot templates. We are still working on getting this to work on the new Dynamic View template.

    You're Done! 

    The PrintFriendly & PDF button will now appear at the bottom of your posts.

    Add PrintFriendly Button to Blogger or Blogspot Using the New User Interface

    You can manually add the PrintFriendly button to your blog in four easy steps. If you prefer a simpler way, you can use blogger's built-in add widget tool.

    Step 1: Get the PrintFriendly button code.

    • Goto www.PrintFriendly.com/button.
    • Select Blogger/Blogspot.
    • Select your button style.
    • Click add code directly to template.
    • Copy the code in the text box that appears.

    Step 2: Edit your blog's HTML template.

    • Log into your blog dashboard. 
    • Click Template on the left navigation menu. 
    • Click Edit HMTL below your blog thumbnail.
      *Dynamic Views templates doesn't allow editing your HTML. You'll need to use the classic Blogger/Blogspot Templates.

    • Click Proceed on the warning message.

    • An Editor will appear. Make sure to put a checkmark Expand Widget Templates

    Step 3: Paste PrintFriendly Button Code.

    • Find <data:post.body/> in the Editor window.
      * Tip: Press "Control" and "F" on keyboard to search.
    • Paste the PrintFriendly button code above <data:post.body/> to make the button appear above your posts. Paste the code below <data:post.body/> to place the button below your posts.
      * Careful: There's two versions of <data:post.body/>. Use the first (web) not the second (mobile).

    Step 4: Preview and save your changes.

    • Click Preview
    • Click Save template