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OT: Print to TEXT File

Started by Jim Thompson October 12, 2012
Is there a program around that is actually capable of "printing" to a
text file?

The Wimpows Generic/Text "printer" mostly results in a garbage file.

Mainly what I'm after is something that can "print" a text-mostly web
page into a text file.
		
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Jim Thompson wrote:
> > Is there a program around that is actually capable of "printing" to a > text file? > > The Wimpows Generic/Text "printer" mostly results in a garbage file. > > Mainly what I'm after is something that can "print" a text-mostly web > page into a text file.
How about just copy & past the parts you want to a text editor & save? I do that all the time.
Jim Thompson wrote:
> Is there a program around that is actually capable of "printing" to a > text file? > > The Wimpows Generic/Text "printer" mostly results in a garbage file. > > Mainly what I'm after is something that can "print" a text-mostly web > page into a text file. > > ...Jim Thompson >
Ctrl-A, open Notepad, Ctrl-V. Save as needed. Yeah, you'll have to edit the result some. The Web *IS* text. -- Les Cargill
Les Cargill wrote:
> > Jim Thompson wrote: > > Is there a program around that is actually capable of "printing" to a > > text file? > > > > The Wimpows Generic/Text "printer" mostly results in a garbage file. > > > > Mainly what I'm after is something that can "print" a text-mostly web > > page into a text file. > > > > ...Jim Thompson > > > Ctrl-A, open Notepad, Ctrl-V. Save as needed. Yeah, you'll > have to edit the result some. > > The Web *IS* text.
And tags. And images. And Flash. And audio files. And....
On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:07:07 -0700, Jim Thompson
<To-Email-Use-The-Envelope-Icon@On-My-Web-Site.com> wrote:

>Mainly what I'm after is something that can "print" a text-mostly web >page into a text file. > ...Jim Thompson
If you use Internet Exploder, this might help. <http://techpaul.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/how-to-extract-text-from-web-pages/> Otherwise, cut-n-paste to an editor works just fine. Sometimes, you run into a "protected" web page. <http://www.ehow.com/how_5752668_copy-text-protected.html> <http://www.ehow.com/how_8138122_copy-text-pages.html> Of course, there's a utility for cleaning up the formatting: <http://www.stevemiller.net/puretext/> or you can do it the hard way: <http://word.mvps.org/faqs/formatting/CleanWebText.htm> -- Jeff Liebermann jeffl@cruzio.com 150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558
Jim Thompson laid this down on his screen :
> Is there a program around that is actually capable of "printing" to a > text file? > > The Wimpows Generic/Text "printer" mostly results in a garbage file. > > Mainly what I'm after is something that can "print" a text-mostly web > page into a text file. > > ...Jim Thompson
So what does the text look like? Is it readable but all strung together like missing EOLs or is it more like garbage (i.e. UNICODE text viewed with a non-unicode text viewer) or is it full of HTML tags or what?
On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:07:07 -0700, Jim Thompson
<To-Email-Use-The-Envelope-Icon@On-My-Web-Site.com> wrote:

>Is there a program around that is actually capable of "printing" to a >text file? > >The Wimpows Generic/Text "printer" mostly results in a garbage file. > >Mainly what I'm after is something that can "print" a text-mostly web >page into a text file. > > ...Jim Thompson
I am not sure of your real objective but I use the open source, free, package "PDF Creator" to save screen info to a PDF file to save for whatever reason. Although it seems pretty inefficient to save it all when a clip will do, the minimum file size is going to be a 4k block. Screen savers are handy but inconvenient since they are graphic renderings. John Ferrell W8CCW
On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:29:51 -0400, John Ferrell <W8CCW@arrl.net>
wrote:

>On Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:07:07 -0700, Jim Thompson ><To-Email-Use-The-Envelope-Icon@On-My-Web-Site.com> wrote: > >>Is there a program around that is actually capable of "printing" to a >>text file? >> >>The Wimpows Generic/Text "printer" mostly results in a garbage file. >> >>Mainly what I'm after is something that can "print" a text-mostly web >>page into a text file. >> >> ...Jim Thompson >I am not sure of your real objective but I use the open source, free, >package "PDF Creator" to save screen info to a PDF file to save for >whatever reason. > >Although it seems pretty inefficient to save it all when a clip will >do, the minimum file size is going to be a 4k block. > >Screen savers are handy but inconvenient since they are graphic >renderings. >John Ferrell W8CCW
I've had Adobe Acrobat for close to 20 years... since a Japanese client could manage no other kind of image. Thus, when pressed, I "print" to PDF, then Text Select and dump into a text editor. ...Jim Thompson -- | James E.Thompson, CTO | mens | | Analog Innovations, Inc. | et | | Analog/Mixed-Signal ASIC's and Discrete Systems | manus | | Phoenix, Arizona 85048 Skype: Contacts Only | | | Voice:(480)460-2350 Fax: Available upon request | Brass Rat | | E-mail Icon at http://www.analog-innovations.com | 1962 | I love to cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.
In article <ku3h785l7ibi7crn480d4878c3oo3rfs08@4ax.com>,
 Jim Thompson <To-Email-Use-The-Envelope-Icon@On-My-Web-Site.com> writes:

>I've had Adobe Acrobat for close to 20 years... since a Japanese >client could manage no other kind of image. Thus, when pressed, I >"print" to PDF, then Text Select and dump into a text editor.
I don't know about Windows, but Linux/BSD has lynx which is a text only web browser. Something like this: lynx http://whatever > foo.txt will give you a text file. It may have crap in it if there are graphics blobs that you might want to click, but it wll be text crap that is easy to edit out. -- These are my opinions. I hate spam.
Michael A. Terrell wrote:
> > Les Cargill wrote: >> >> Jim Thompson wrote: >>> Is there a program around that is actually capable of "printing" to a >>> text file? >>> >>> The Wimpows Generic/Text "printer" mostly results in a garbage file. >>> >>> Mainly what I'm after is something that can "print" a text-mostly web >>> page into a text file. >>> >>> ...Jim Thompson >>> >> Ctrl-A, open Notepad, Ctrl-V. Save as needed. Yeah, you'll >> have to edit the result some. >> >> The Web *IS* text. > > > And tags. And images. And Flash. And audio files. And.... >
Don't get me started... :) -- Les Cargill