Looking for examples of web sites that can generate polished pdfs.
January 22, 2014 12:46 PM Subscribe
I’m looking for examples of web sites that generate fairly polished pdfs when a visitor wants to print out a page of the site. Does such a thing exist?
posted by Bron to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
We produce a media kit every year, a catalog of advertising and promotional opportunities available with our organization. We used to have it offset printed, then put pdfs of individual pages online. But with the number of changes and updates we were doing, it was often out of date by the time it came back from the printer. Now, we just create pdfs in Indesign, and update those constantly. It’s tiresome.
It seems like it would be much easier to present this info on a web site, since it needs updating so frequently, and have the visitor print it out from there as needed; however, our advertising manager is convinced that her audience (mostly agency media buyers) needs to have a good looking, well-designed piece of paper to bring to meetings with clients -- and printouts of web pages often look terrible (our site looks especially bad printed).
So is there a way to have a web page output a clean, well-designed pdf? Ideally, it’d be great if the visitor could select the items she’s interested in, then have just the selected items assembled on the fly into some sort of print-ready page or template, with some standard boilerplate added to each page. Doesn’t have to be a pdf -- the goal is to output a good-looking page from web site content.
Whatever we propose will have to be fairly idiot proof; screen shots won’t cut it. Is it a matter of adding some code to the site, or some other hack?
I could’ve sworn I’ve seen something like this before, but I’m having no luck finding examples, and starting to think I imagined the whole idea.
Any tips, comments, etc are appreciated.