Showing posts with label print friendly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label print friendly. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

See and Print Pages More Clearly With Evernote Clearly

Evernote Clearly is a free browser extension available for Firefox and for Chrome. Clearly can strips the sidebar content from any webpage that you're viewing. You can send the cleaned-up version directly to your Evernote account for easy reading whenever you open your Evernote account. You can print the cleaned-up article from your Evernote account or directly from your web browser.


Applications for Education
Evernote Clearly is an excellent extension for teachers to use before printing articles to distribute to their students to read in class. Stripping the sidebar content not only saves ink and paper it also makes it also creates a distraction-free reading experience for your students. Evernote Clearly can also be used to highlight sections of an article. And if you have students that need webpages read to them, Clearly has a text to speech capability that your students can use. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

5 Google Chrome Extensions to Help Your School Save Ink & Paper

Yesterday, I published Ten Useful Google Chrome Web Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students. The first item on that list was Printliminator. Printliminator is a Chrome extension that allows you to strip sidebar content from blog posts before printing them. Here are five more Chrome extensions that do the same. To maximize your school's ink and paper budget, install any of these extensions on your school's computers then teach students to use them before they print from the web.

Joliprint converts online articles into a printer-friendly, reader-friendly format. Once installed just click the Joliprint icon whenever you're reading an article that you want to print and Joliprint will generate a PDF of that article without the sidebar content from that blog or website. Joliprint is not designed to work with search engine results list or homepages of sites and blogs. Joliprint only works with specific article urls. For example it won't work if you try it on freetech4teachers.com but will work with http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/04/its-april-15th-lets-learn-about-taxes.html.

Like all of the extensions in this post, Printee will allow you to strip the sidebar content from blog posts and websites before printing. Printee offers the added bonus of syncing with your Google Docs account.

Print Friendly offers the option for you to specify whether or not you want to include images in the articles from which you remove the sidebar content. Print Friendly also gives you the option to share the cleaned-up version of an article via email or Twitter.

Print Plus offers the option to highlight exactly what you want to print and remove everything else. Just as with the extensions listed above, you can save the cleaned-up version of an article as a PDF.

Clearly comes to us from the producers of Evernote. Clearly wasn't specifically designed for saving ink when printing, but that is one of the benefits of using it. Clearly strips the sidebar content of a webpage. You can send the cleaned-up version directly to your Evernote account for easy reading whenever you open your Evernote account. You can print the cleaned-up article from your Evernote account. Watch the forty second video below to learn more about Clearly.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Make Your Blog or Website Printer Friendly

Although I might like to see the whole world go paperless, I also know that my blog posts are often printed by readers to give to their colleagues who might not be as tech-savvy as they are. If you are one of those people who has printed a blog post to give to your colleagues, thank you. I appreciate your willingness to share. Today, I made it easier to print blog posts by installing the Print Friendly widget below each blog post.

Print Friendly offers a free widget that you can add to your Blogger or Wordpress blog. With the widget installed, visitors can print an ad-free, sidebar-free version of any blog post. Printing with Print Friendly should save you paper and ink. Clicking the Print Friendly button also gives you the option to download a PDF of each blog post.

Installing the Blogger and WordPress Print Friendly widget is very easy if you follow the directions provided. You can add the widget to blogs and websites hosted on other platforms, but you have to be willing to edit the HTML of your site on your own.

Applications for Education
If you have a classroom blog or website that students often print articles from, consider installing the Print Friendly widget to save your school paper and ink. Print Friendly also offers a browser bookmarklet that will allow you to print an ad-free, sidebar-free version of any webpage even if it doesn't have a printer friendly option built in.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Print Edit - Trim Webpages Before You Print Them

Image Credit: Briar Press
We've all seen it at one time or another. Your student finds an article online that she likes so much that she just has to print it out and promptly proceeds to print the entire article complete with sidebar content and two or three blank pages mixed in for good measure. Fortunately, there are some tools that can prevent that kind of costly waste of paper and ink. I've previously featured three such tools here. Print Edit is another tool that you can teach students to use before printing out a lengthy webpage.

Print Edit is a Firefox add-on that allows you to edit the content of a webpage in your "print preview" screen. With Print Edit installed once you enter the print preview screen you can highlight and delete sections of a webpage before you print them. Using Print Edit could prevent the waste of a lot of paper and ink in your classroom or school print center.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Nuke Anything - Make Webpages Printer Friendly

Nuke Anything is a Firefox add-on that could be handy the next time you choose to print a webpage. With Nuke Anything installed in your browser you can right-click on any element of a webpage and remove it before printing that page. When you right click on an element a red outline will appear so that you can be certain you're not removing something that you didn't intend to remove.

Applications for Education
If you have students or colleagues that are in the habit of printing articles to read offline, try getting them in the habit of using Nuke Anything. Using a tool like Nuke Anything could save a lot of wasted ink and paper.

For people who aren't Firefox users, you might want to check out Joliprint.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Joliprint - Easily Convert Online Articles to a Print Friendly Format

Joliprint is a free service that converts online articles into a printer-friendly, reader-friendly format. The easiest way to use Joliprint is to add their bookmarklet to your browser's toolbar. Once installed click the Joliprint bookmarklet whenever you're reading an article that you want to print and Joliprint will generate a PDF of that article without the sidebar content from that blog or website. If you don't want to install the Joliprint bookmarklet you can simply copy a url and paste it into the conversion box on Joliprint.

Joliprint is not designed to work with search engine results list or homepages of sites and blogs. Joliprint only works with specific article urls. For example it won't work if you try it on freetech4teachers.com but will work with http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/04/its-april-15th-lets-learn-about-taxes.html. Take a look at a Joliprint rendered PDF of the link I just listed.

Applications for Education
If you're in the habit of printing articles to give to your students to read try using Joliprint to convert those articles into a reader-friendly format while saving ink and paper at the same time.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Save Paper - Reprint Me Calendars

If your school is anything like mine, when you go to a network printer you probably find quite a bit of wasted misprinted papers. Rather than just throwing those papers in the recycling bin, use Reprint Me to turn those papers into weekly or monthly planning calendars. Reprint Me offers PDF templates for weekly and monthly calendars. New calendar templates are released each quarter so that you can print a couple of months in advance. Right now you can get calendars for December 2010, January and February 2011.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
3 Tools to Help You Save Ink & Paper in Your Classroom
Free Online Gradebook LearnBoost Goes Live
Teachers Pet - Free Printable Resources

Saturday, September 18, 2010

3 Tools to Help You Save Paper & Ink in Your Classroom

This year, one of my goals is to make my classroom as paperless as Shelly Blake-Plock's classroom. However, as much as I strive toward that goal, as Michael Scott would remind us, a lot of business is still done on paper. Even if we still have to print items, we don't have to wasteful in our printing habits. Here are three tools that can help you reduce how much paper and ink you use when printing materials for your classroom.

Print What You Like is a simple web tool that lets users select just a portion of a website. This is particularly useful for printing articles from websites or blogs that do not have a "printer friendly" option. Print What You Like is not simply a cropping tool, users can also remove images from the background or foreground of a website before printing.

If you have ever wanted to print an article from a blog or a website, but wish you could do it without printing all of the ads and widgets in the side columns, you should take a look at PrintFriendly. PrintFriendly strips away all of the ads and side bar content allowing you to print only the article on the page. There are two ways to use PrintFriendly. You can copy and paste an article's url into the PrintFriendly homepage or use the PrintFriendly bookmarklet. I tried it both ways and much prefer using the bookmarklet as it doesn't require any toggling between browser tabs or windows. Below is a video overview of PrintFriendly.

Printliminator is a handy little bookmarklet for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Printliminator allows you to highlight a webpage and select only the elements which you wish to print. You can install Printliminator in seconds by just clicking and dragging it into your browser's toolbar. Watch the video below to learn more about Printliminator.