Have you ever read a really great blog post and decided you were going to print it so you can read later it offline? When you printed the article, did a one page article became a 6 page print file because it was full of advertisements and reader comments? Trying to print web articles can be a real pain. Luckily there are a several web applications that let you print neat looking PDF files that are free from ads and any other junk that normally fills up a webpage.
Joliprint is a web and mobile application that lets you create easy to read, ad free PDF files of any web page, all with the click of a button. Best of all, it's free!
Joliprint gives you the ability to capture any article, news, blog post or web page whenever they want using any web browser. You can even install it on your mobile Safari browser so it can be used on your I-Phone and I-Pad. Cool stuff.
Installation is easy. Just go to the Joliprint website and drag the bookmarklet into the bookmark bar in your browser
When you find a great article that you would like to print without the advertising and comments at the bottom………
Just click the Joliprint bookmarklet on your bookmark tool bar and Joliprint will convert the article into a downloadable PDF file
You can share the link via email, Facebook or Twitter. You can also save the PDF into your Google Docs account. Joliprint will even provide you with a short link so you can share it anyway you want. Neat!
Once the conversion is complete, you have a nice easy to read article ready for printing
Joliprint will automatically create a two column article, saving you additional paper. While there is no watermark on the PDF file, there is a small Joliprint logo on the left side of the document. It's very small though and well worth it for such a great, and free service.
If you have your own website or blog, you can install a Joliprint button on your website for your readers
For WordPress users, they provide an easy to use plugin as well as a gadget for those using Blogger.
One of My Favorite Features
Joliprint allows you to create a single PDF of all the articles in your Read It Later list. You can create a PDF compilation from your Unread, Read and Archived lists. All you have to do is open your reading list in your browser, click the Joliprint bookmarklet, and you will be presented with a nice compilation of all the Read It Later articles that were on your list. You can also do the same if you are an Instapaper subscriber.
I'm an avid blog reader and this features is just so useful for when i'm travelling or will be somewhere that does not have an internet connection. It's like i'm creating my own custom made book of all the things I like to read about.
Give Joliprint a Try
Joliprint is a free, easy to use app that will not only make your offline article reading a pleasure, but will also save you a bundle in printing costs since it cuts out all of the clutter and creates a nice 2-column reading format for you.
If you really want to learn how to save on printing costs, use Joliprint in conjunction with iPrint. I save about $20 dollars a month in printing costs by combining these two free services.
I'm sure there are other great tips of printing web articles and saving on printings costs, leave them in the comments below!