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Chapter FOUR. Creating PDF Files in Acro... > TIP 33: Creating a PDF from Web Page...

TIP 33: Creating a PDF from Web Pages in Acrobat

Although you can easily download a page from a Web site using the PDFMaker that installs in Internet Explorer, you can also download a Web site from within Acrobat and control its content and how it is displayed in the resulting PDF file.

So Many Pages, So Little Time

In the Create PDF from Web Page dialog, you can specify how many levels of the Web site you want to download. The default level is 1. Don't change this number without careful thought. Level 1 refers to the first set of pages for a Web site, the actual pages that you see if you type the URL in a browser address bar. Additional levels attach more sets of pages. If you choose Get Entire Site, you'll download the entire site, whether that consists of 10 pages or 1000 pages.


Click the Create PDF task button to display the menu and click From Web Page or choose File > Create PDF > From Web Page to open the Create PDF from Web Page dialog (Figure 33a).

Figure 33a. Choose a Web site, page levels, and other settings from this dialog.


Access the file you want to convert in one of three ways, depending on the location and type of file. You can type the URL for the file if it's on the Internet, click the arrow to the right of the URL field to work with Web files that have been opened previously in Acrobat, or click Browse to open the Select File to Open dialog to locate a file that's on a local disk.

Click Create to start the conversion process. The Download Status dialog shows you the number of connections active in the downloaded material, as well as the names, sizes, and locations of the files. When the download is complete, Acrobat displays the new PDF file in the Document pane and adds a document structure to the Bookmarks tab. Choose File > Save to save the converted Web pages.

As you scroll through the document, notice that both a header and footer are added to the pages (Figure 33b). The header is the Web page's name; the footer contains the URL for the page, the number of pages, and the download date and time.

Figure 33b. Headers and footers are added to the pages by default.


Adding On

Although it is simpler and safer to leave the default level 1 setting, what do you do if you import the page and realize you need additional pages? Luckily, you can easily add more. Choose Advanced > Web Capture > Append Web Page to open the Add to PDF from Web Page dialog, identical to the original Create PDF from Web Page dialog. Select another level, and the additional pages are added to those already in the document.


Acrobat captures Web pages using default settings for both file formats and page layouts. You can configure some formats and modify the page to your requirements. Click Settings on the Create PDF from Web Page dialog to open the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog. The General tab offers file type and PDF settings (Figure 33c).

Figure 33c. Configure the settings for different file and image types used in a Web page conversion process.


At the bottom of the dialog, you'll see the PDF options used by default, including bookmarks and the header and footer options. Select or deselect the options as desired. If you click the HTML or Plain Text formats in the list, the Settings button at the right of the dialog activates; click it to open the Conversion Settings dialog. You can specify file formats, fonts, and encoding. Make modifications as desired, click OK, and then click OK again to close the Conversion Settings dialog and return to the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog.

The second tab of the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog contains page layout options. You can specify standard page layout settings such as the page size, orientation, and margins. Changing the page settings to coincide with other documents you may later use in a binder document provides consistency throughout the document. Click OK to close the Web Page Conversion Settings dialog and return to the Create PDF from Web Page dialog; then click Create to process the Web page and create the PDF document.

Figure 33d. You can change page size, margins, and other features before converting to a Web page.


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