I’ve written about the PDF creation program Click2PDF a number of times. However, I just realized that I’ve never shown it in action.
I use Click2PDF to let me easily "print" PDF files to document web pages. I can log into an investment account and print multiple pages, even print multiple times, change the order of the print jobs in the file and then finally create the file.
This is much more efficient for me than even the "print once, create one file" approach of Adobe Acrobat or any of the other cheap (or free) PDF creation programs.
First, let’s take a look at a web page. I’m using Firefox, my normal web browser (
). The web site is Spice Barn, my favorite source for spices on the web. I’ll use it during this example (plus, you’ll see some of the things that I like to buy there!).
Next, a product detail page and the shopping cart page. After displaying each of these pages, I have selected the Click2PDF "printer" when printing them from Firefox.
Now, let’s look at Click2PDF after I’ve used Firefox’s Print (File > Print) to print a couple pages.
As you can see in the box at the lower left-hand side, each time I used the Print function in Firefox (or printed from any other program and selected Click2PDF as my "printer"), I got a new set of pages added to the data in Click2PDF.
At that point, I can unselect any documents I’ve printed. I can also delete individual pages if I choose. For example, the first item has 9 pages — I can delete any or all of those pages individually, and they’re really gone. That’s unlike the check/uncheck ability to remove/include different print jobs from the final PDF file.
I can also change the order of the print jobs in the final PDF file. I have found that I use this feature frequently when I make purchases on the web. I use Click2PDF to document the web site’s product description page, then the shopping cart, and finally the receipt. Then, I drag the receipt to the beginning of the file. That way, the final PDF file has the receipt at the beginning of the file.
Finally, to save the PDF file, I click on the Save button or use that usual File > Save or File > SaveAs menu functions.
Note: Click2PDF is not compatible with 64-bit operating systems or Windows 7. You need Clickbook MMX for them.