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PageZipper Chrome Extension

We just released a Chrome Extension for PageZipper, too! If your favorite browser is Chrome, you can now load PageZipper faster with the extension. Enjoy!

3 Comments August 3rd, 2011 by Cassie

PrintWhatYouZip!

We finally combined our two projects, PrintWhatYouLike and PageZipper! Thanks for the great suggestion from our users! On the PrintWhatYouLike toolbar, there is an ‘Add Next Page’ button that will add the next page for you based on what PageZipper thinks is the next page. The button will only show up on pages that have a ‘Next’ link. When you add the next page, any edits you have made to the first page will be applied the next page so that everything prints out nicely.  Try it out on Time’s list of the top ten state fair foods, and get in the mood for delicious and unusual food at your state fair!

3 Comments July 29th, 2011 by Cassie

Chrome Extension

To make using PrintWhatYouLike even easier, we just released a Chrome Extension! The Chrome Extension behaves like the Bookmarklet and loads the PrintWhatYouLike editor on the web page you’re currently viewing. However, the Chrome Extension loads PrintWhatYouLike much faster! Also, if you have sync enabled for Chrome, you will have PrintWhatYouLike available on all the computers you use by installing it just once!

9 Comments July 21st, 2011 by Cassie

Upgrade to Rails 3

PrintWhatYouLike got some much deserved TLC, and it has been upgraded to Ruby on Rails 3! This should make PrintWhatYouLike perform better, so enjoy! Also, the PrintWhatYouLike WordPress Plugin has been updated and tested with the newest version of WordPress, 3.2.

2 Comments July 7th, 2011 by Cassie

Cram as much text as possible onto a page with Hide Margins

The new hide margins feature squeezes out all the whitespace on a webpage.  Many websites put empty space around the content or between lines of text.  This makes the site really easy to read on a computer, but it is really wasteful when you print it out.  Hide Margins lets you fill the pages of your print job with 100% content.  I’ve seen sites where simply hiding the margins reduces the print size by half.  Hide margins is a bit more zealous than most PWYL features- anything aesthetically pleasing about a webpage will be replaced by a massive block of text.

14 Comments July 12th, 2010 by Jonathan

Ads

We all love getting stuff for free, and we want to keep PrintWhatYouLike free. Unfortunately, it does cost money to keep PrintWhatYouLike running. In order to pay the bills, we’ve placed ads on the toolbar. If you need more printing supplies, please consider buying your ink or paper through one of the ads on the toolbar to support PrintWhatYouLike and keep the service free. Thanks!

Also, if you’re interested in advertising on PrintWhatYouLike, send us an email.

5 Comments July 8th, 2010 by Cassie

New Look for the PrintWhatYouLike Toolbar

Since we designed the PrintWhatYouLike toolbar, it is simple and easy for us to use. However, when we asked our parents to try it out, it was a whole different story… At first they tried clicking on the Print button, thinking it would magically format the page for them, but they were disappointed to find out that it only printed the page as is. It went from bad to worse as we watched them struggle to figure out how to use the different options for editing the page. My mom only wanted to print part of a web page, but she had trouble selecting exactly what she wanted to print. She had no clue that the ‘More’ and ‘Less’ options could change the size of the selection.

We decided to redesign the toolbar so that anyone can use it, even your parents or grandparents! We reduced a lot of the confusion by removing the options from the toolbar that only apply to selected elements. Instead, a menu pops up next to the selected element with the options for editing the selection. This simplified the options available on the toolbar.

A few more changes to how things work:

  1. The ‘Apply Change Set’ dropdown menu will only appear when there is a change set available to apply to the page.
  2. We removed the ‘Save Change Set’ button. To a save change set, click on ‘Save As’, and select ‘Change Set’.

We think PrintWhatYouLike is much easier to use now, so try it out! Let us know what you think of the new toolbar, and send us your stories of showing your parents or grandparents how to use PrintWhatYouLike!

20 Comments April 15th, 2010 by Cassie

Mr. Happy Printer!

Our friend Kelly made this awesome clay action figure of the PWYL logo, Mr. Happy Printer!

2 Comments March 14th, 2010 by Jonathan

New Thumbnail Generation Service for Saving Clips

When you save a clip, PrintWhatYouLike uses a thumbnail generation service to create a small image of the clip.  We experienced issues with the service we were using, WebShotsPro.  When we originally released the clips feature, the thumbnail generation service was working well.  However, as time went on, WebShotsPro was no longer even generating thumbnail images.

We just switched to a new thumbnail generation service called WebThumb, and it works great!  WebShotsPro had a delay in generating thumbnail images, so sometimes it would take a long time to generate the image if there was a long queue.  PrintWhatYouLike had to periodically attempt to download the thumbnail image to see if it had been generated.  WebThumb generates the thumbnail image immediately, so by the time you are ready to create a page from your clips, the thumbnail images of all your clips will be ready for you!  This is a great improvement to the clips feature, and it will be much easier to create a page from clips.

Add Comment November 16th, 2009 by Cassie

More stuff for free!

Now you can save as many clips and change sets as you want, for free!   We’ve decided to end the paid account option on PrintWhatYouLike.com and support the site with ads instead.

2 Comments August 24th, 2009 by Jonathan