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Chapter 4. Creating PDFs > Creating PDFs from Web Pages

Creating PDFs from Web Pages

You can download a Web page or an entire Web site into Acrobat and convert it into a PDF document. If you first download only a single page or level of the site, and want some of the linked pages later, you can append more pages or levels later.

To create a PDF from a Web page

1.
In Acrobat, choose File > Create PDF > From Web Page (Shift+Ctrl+O/ Shift+Command+O).

The Create PDF from Web Page dialog box appears.

2.
In the URL text field, enter the address of the Web site you want to make into a PDF (Figure 4.6).

Figure 4.6. Enter the URL of the Web site you want to open as a PDF.


3.
Under the Settings heading, choose how many levels of this site you want Acrobat to download.

If you select Stay on Same Path or Stay on Same Server, this will keep Acrobat from collecting Web pages from external sites, which can be a problem on pages with links.

If you select Get Entire Site, you may get a very large PDF document. Acrobat will warn you if that's the case (Figure 4.7). Think twice before using this option; getting an entire site will also get all links, and can take many hours.

Figure 4.7. Acrobat will warn you if the file is very large.


4.
Click the Settings button in the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box to open the Web Page Conversion Settings (Windows) or Web Capture Settings (Mac) dialog box. Click the tabs to adjust the General (Figure 4.8) and Page Layout (Figure 4.9) settings, then click OK.

Figure 4.8. Adjust the General settings for your PDF.


Figure 4.9. Click the Page Layout tab to adjust settings.


5.
In the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box, click Create to download the Web page and open it as a new PDF file.

✓ Tip

  • You can also access previously saved Web pages on your computer. In the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box, click the Browse button to display any HTML files already saved on your hard drive.


Web Page Conversion Settings

The default settings in Acrobat for converting Web pages to PDFs are probably exactly what you want in most cases. But there may be times when you want to alter them. For instance, you can change the default page size from letter to a custom size, change the scale options, choose a different page orientation, or specify the text and background colors.

The General and Page Layout settings you access through the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box let you choose just how the files download. In the General tab, choose one of the file types and then click the Settings button to alter how Acrobat converts that specific file type.

For example, to change the download settings for an HTML page, click HTML in the File Type Settings list (Figure 4.10), then click the Settings button. This opens up the HTML Conversion Settings dialog box (Figure 4.11). Here you can set the colors for text and background, and change how Acrobat handles backgrounds, tables, text wrapping, multimedia, links, and images. Once the settings are as you'd like them, click OK to go back to the Web Page Conversion Settings (Windows) or Web Page Capture Settings (Macintosh) dialog box.

Figure 4.10. Choose which setting to edit in Web Capture.


Figure 4.11. Select your HTML conversion setting.


Click the Page Layout tab if you want to set the page size, orientation, margins, and scaling. When you're satisfied with all the settings, click OK to go back to the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box.


When you download a Web page as a PDF, it may contain hyperlinks to other Web pages. Clicking the link will open the Specify Weblink Behavior dialog box. Here you choose whether to open the Weblink (a link in an Acrobat file to an HTML page on the Web) in Acrobat or in a Web browser.

To open a Web link from within Acrobat

1.
In your active Acrobat document, click a link.

The Specify Weblink Behavior dialog box appears (Figure 4.12).

Figure 4.12. Choose the setting for opening Web links.


2.
Choose whether you want to open the link in Acrobat or in your Web browser.

3.
Click OK and the specified page will open in Acrobat or your browser depending on what setting you chose.

To change the Weblink Behavior permanently so that linked pages always open in Acrobat or always open in a Web browser, you can adjust your preferences.

4.
Choose Edit > Preferences.

The Preferences dialog box appears.

5.
Choose Web Capture from the list on the left.

The Web Capture settings appear.

6.
Choose the desired option from the Open Web Links pop-up menu (Figure 4.13) and click OK.

Figure 4.13. Choose the permanent setting for opening Web links.


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