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October 10 2013

20:30

Top 8 Sources For Downloading And Printing Masks

Top 8 Sources For Downloading And Printing Masks

Did I catch you shopping for Halloween masks? You should be out and about as Halloween is not very far away. There’s time left to ratchet up the creepiness with the right mask and the right costume to go with it, but why not start “mask hunting” now with a few ready online sources for printable masks. The Web coughs up a lot of Halloween ideas and there’s so much to choose from. We do our bit too – from websites for the best Halloween costumes to geeky house decoration tips, we cover a large territory. We don’t waste nifty...

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July 01 2013

19:30

15 Cubeecraft Paper Toy Models You Will Want To Make!

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If you’re a geek (not sure? Find out if you’re a geek or a nerd) who loves papercraft but hate messing around with glue, then you’ll definitely find these Cubeecraft paper toy projects exciting. Cubeecraft papercraft toy models use interlocking tab designs and eliminate the need for any adhesives. They’re really easy to make — [...]

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February 10 2012

23:31

Where To Find Some Of The Coolest Posters & Artworks Online

Unless you work out of random coffee shops, your work environment is around you every day, all day long. Building your own custom workstation can go a long way towards making things more comfortable and productive, but what about inspiration? Having beautiful, amusing or thought-provoking artwork hanging around your office or home can seriously upgrade the atmosphere.

With this in mind, I set out to find unique and interesting posters and works of art for sale all over the Web. Scroll down for some inspiration, and perhaps you’ll even find one you’ll want to buy.

ThinkGeek

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I know, ThinkGeek’s poster section is a bit of an obvious choice, but that’s why I’m starting out with it. This is a large collection of nerdy posters, including posters for fans of Portal 2 (shown above), Battlestar Galactica (these are awesome in real life), and Pac-Man.  Some of the items are not exactly posters in the strictest sense of the word: That Pac-Man art is actually a self-adhesive wall decal (cooler than a poster, some would say).

20×200

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20×200 sells artwork, not just posters, and these are certainly not aimed only at geeks, despite the nerdy work I selected for you (Old Phone by artist Todd McLellan). While you can find smaller images in 20×200, you can also focus just on larger pieces if you sort by size (this links shows only 30”x40” art).

Each work is produced in a limited number of copies, and they sometimes sell out. For instance, this gorgeous map of Amsterdam was available as a 10”x8” print for $24, but all of that size has been sold out. You can still get it in larger sizes.

One important note about 20×200: Prices are not cheap. A 40”x30” print goes for $2,400 – a bit crazy.

OMG Posters

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OMG Posters! is not a store, but a blog for art lovers. It features amazing works like the one shown above, by artist Mr. Muju. At around £15-£20, this particular screenprint is not expensive. The blog also features works by big-name artists such as Shepard Fairey (the guy who made the Obama poster). If you just like looking at beautiful art, this is a lovely blog to subscribe to.

Better yet, if you’re actually looking to buy something, each of the items contains a link to a website selling it.

Despair, Inc.

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Despair, Inc.is a website that requires a unique sense of humor (one I suspect our own James Bruce might appreciate). It’s basically motivational posters, inverted. Above you can see one called Potential, but there are many, many more where that came from. Might not be appropriate for every office (or every temper), but if these don’t actually demotivate you, they can make an interesting choice.

If you find they work too well, though, I would suggest swapping them with something more cheerful.

The Poster List

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The Poster List strikes a fine balance – it features actual artwork, but at poster prices. All posters on the site (including the work above, entitled Projector on Wood), go for $10.99. I only wish they added an option for “variants” of a specific poster. Right now, if a poster is offered in several different color schemes, it appears several times in the list, making it unnecessarily long.

Still, if you’re looking for posters that look like art and aren’t overly clever, this is a great place for some affordable finds.

Your Turn

As you can see, I did my best to find some unique places where you can get artwork for your home or workspace. Still, it is very possible I missed one or more great websites. I’m mainly curious to hear about niche sites like those featured above. Do you know of an art site that really deserves a bit more love? Tell me about it in the comments!

Image: Modest Owl


February 08 2012

21:00

MOO MiniCards Review and Giveaway

We sometimes hear or read that in this day and age, business cards are a thing of the past. Well, to be honest, I was one of those people who thought so. I mean, there are so many ways to get in touch and my preferred choice is obviously via email; and the business card just seemed, in a word — obsolete. I had no idea how wrong I was.

My life was turned upside down when the people from MOO, a printing company from the UK, contacted me and basically said, “Hey, try MOO.” So I did. Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at what MOO is all about and we placed several test orders with them to find out how great their print quality is. We’ll also be giving away 5 packs of 100 MiniCards after the review so stay tuned!

MOO prints a wide variety of items from business cards to MiniCards, postcards, greeting cards, stickers and labels. We don’t really have the resources to look into every product that they offer so we’ll just look at one — a very exciting product called MiniCards.

MiniCards aren’t your conventional business card and that’s what sets it apart. They’re half the size yet packs a punch, if designed properly. They’re made out of 2.75″ x 1.10″ thick 350gsm stock paper with a matte finish. You can print on both sides of the card and even have an individual design on every card with Printfinity (more on that later!). A pack of 100 MiniCards only goes for $19.99 plus shipping and the more you buy, the more you save.

Let’s actually see what the design process is like.

To start, create a MOO account or sign in with Facebook in order to save your designs and pick up where you left of.

MOO pampers you with a variety of options to start with. Say it’s your first time designing a business card — no problem, MOO has a huge library of ready-made designs to be deployed. Just browse through the library, pick the designs you like and work off them.

If you’re feeling courageous, start from scratch and upload your own designs. The process starts off by getting you to design the back of the cards. As previously mentioned, you can have up to 100 designs in the same pack with Printfinity — this is the option that sets MOO apart. By allowing you to customise your MiniCards, you can make each card unique and exciting. There’s a lot of options to be explored here but sadly, we have to push on with our review.

In addition to uploading photos and designs from your computer, MOO can also import previously-uploaded photos from Etsy, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or SmugMug but you have to bear the following recommendations in mind:

  • Maximum file size is 50MB each
  • JPEG is recommended for photography but they also accept GIF and PNG
  • Vector-based PDF is recommended for graphic design and line art
  • Recommended size is 874×378 pixels at 300dpi

After your photos or designs are uploaded, they’ll be presented to you in a neat interface. Here’s where you’ll have the chance to adjust their orientation, zoom in or out if necessary and pan images about. If you’re working with several designs, MOO will automatically calculate the number of cards you’ll receive per design. They’ll be evenly distributed so you can’t have 90 cards in one design and 10 cards in another.

MOO offers a “photo enhancement” option that is recommended for photographs. Basically, it tweaks the image and primes it for printing. The difference isn’t that obvious to me so if it helps out with printing, I’m on board.

Next up, designing the front of the card. I’m sure this is a familiar interface: font selection, justification, background colour, etc. Sure, MOO provides several fonts to choose from and even allows you to add an image to the front of the MiniCard but if you look closely, you also have the option to upload a complete design. This is where things get interesting — you have the opportunity to think outside of the box and bypass the web interface, use Photoshop (or any preferred image editor) to design the front of your card and upload it to MOO.

So I downloaded the design template, launched Photoshop and started brainstorming.

About two weeks later, I received a delivery from the UK — my MOO MiniCards have arrived; much earlier than I’d anticipated.

The pack of 100 MiniCards came in a very simplistic box, complete with separator cards.

Immediately, I was impressed by the print quality. The cards didn’t look very far off from the original photos.

Most of my photos have gone through post-processing but still managed to print fine.

I’m generally quite pleased with the images I picked, particularly this one with the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

It’s probably not the best out-of-the-box thinking but this is what I came up with for the front of my MiniCard.

The pack of MiniCards I received were quite nicely cut despite the size.

Overall impression? I’m quite chuffed. The design process is easy to use. Their servers are fast so uploading designs is a breeze. You don’t have to limit yourself to the plain, old text business card. Instead of images, you can also use text for the back of your cards. And with Printfinity, you don’t have to commit to just one design.

Here’s what James Bruce did with his pack of MiniCards. James is from the UK so he was the first to receive them.

According to James, the design process was very intuitive and he was impressed with the amount of pre-made designs, as well as Printfinity.

He also found the print quality to be pretty good. This card in particular, was a difficult one to print but it turned out okay (with a few dodgy bits).

And now, it’s Yaara Lancet’s turn! Yaara designed the front side of her MiniCards as well and it looks great.

Yaara obviously found the whole design process to be really awesome because she printed 50 designs! Take a look.

Yaara also noted that she was happy with the cutting — it was pretty accurate. Also, Yaara’s cards reached her in 8 business days — a week earlier than stated.

Three different tests from three different countries — Yaara in Israel, James in the UK and yours truly in Australia — all with the same conclusion: we’re extremely happy with our MiniCards!

We’re giving away 5 boxes of 100 MiniCards to MakeUseOf readers this week. Here’s how you can win one.

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February 03 2012

20:01

5 Awesome Free Printable Board Games

If you’re on the lookout for a new geeky craft for yourself or the kids you’ve probably considered making your own board games as an idea. But you probably didn’t realise that you can do it very easily for free. There are a number of games available online which are easy to print and play without the need for fancy things only available in boxed board games. You might need a couple of poker chips for the occasional game, but the essential boards and cards can be printed yourself.

If you’re handy with a laminator and some plastic tubs, these games could last a long while. And if they don’t, you can just print them again. No worries. Here’s some great printable games and sources to get you started.

BSG Express

BSG Express is a free non-profit print-and-play version of the extremely popular Battlestar Galactica game by Fantasy Flight Games. BSG Express is a much quicker game, but takes on many of the elements of the original game. Roll for skills, play action cards and accuse your friends of being toasters. There’s a bit of bluffing and deduction in there too, so it’s lots of fun.

Take-Back Toe

This Take-Back Toe game looks simple, is incredibly easy to learn and yet can be played repeatedly without getting boring. Take 40 poker chips, a 4×3 grid and a die, then prepare to work on your strategy.

Kolejka – Communist Poland

If educational games are your thing, why not teach your kids what it’s like to live in a communist country? Kolejka has you lining up at the doors of shops without knowing which shops are going to have a delivery that day. People use cards such as “Mother with a small child” to advance in the queue, then make deals with the merchants directly. It’s all in the name of getting home with a full bag of shopping.

Dr Who

Here’s a solitary adventure game based on Doctor Who. Whovians will love being able to take part in their own Dr Who story. Cards help you to gain allies, form enemies and take part in events and adventures. Basically, you’re writing your own Dr Who adventure, and what could be bad about that?

TimeLine

Sticking to the theme of time travel, TimeLine is another game you might like. Timeline has players combing history to buy important artifacts, then heading to the end of time to sell them.

Printing Games

All of these games are available for free to print, but if you’re really slack there are ways to get them printed professionally. Games such as TimeLine are already available to be printed at ArtsCow, while it’s also possible to get companies like ArtsCow to print any other printable card games you find online.

More Printable Games

If you’ve decided you like printable games, check out BoardGame Geek’s list of printable games and the list of free games at CheapAss. You’re bound to find some more games to enjoy.

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Do you know of more great printable games? Add a link below!


May 13 2011

18:31

How To Print Multiple Pages On One Sheet Of Paper & Be Eco-Friendly

print multiple pages on one sheetThe utility of printing multiple pages on a single sheet of paper cannot be overstated enough. Perhaps in lesser eco-conscious times, condensing your print jobs might not have collected any attention. But as we head off to battle with the forces of global warming and natural depletion, learning how to utilize each square inch of paper is a must if you want to collect brownie points with the green brigade.

Printing multiple pages on one sheet of paper has uses beyond saving paper and toner of course. For example, you can check out a large document’s layout, create handouts of slides, create little booklets, send out drafts, put cheat sheets on paper etc.

There are a few ways to print multiple pages on a sheet of paper. We will take a look at the most obvious one via Microsoft Word and then with the help of a free printing software.

Print Multiple Pages with Microsoft Word

MS Word (Screenshots are from MS Word 2007.) makes it real easy to print as many as 16 pages on one sheet of paper.

Click on the Office Button and select Print. Use the dropdowns under Zoom to select the number of pages per sheet.

print multiple pages on one sheet

Like any other print job you can set the size of the paper from the Scale to Paper Size dropdown. Zoom automatically scales the pages on the sheet without changing the layout or the formatting. Keep in mind that readability will depend on the number of pages you have set per sheet.

Print Multiple Pages with iPrint

iPrint 6 is a virtual printer driver and a 7MB download compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7. iPrint is a completely free printing management solution that does five important tasks for any print job –

  1. iPrint lets you setup multiple pages (maximum of four)to be printed on a single sheet of paper. Pages are automatically scaled down and fitted on the sheet.
  2. iPrint works for any document of any format.
  3. iPrint scans your document and can delete empty pages (without content) with a single click.
  4. iPrint enhances productivity by letting you group together print job requests from multiple applications into a single iPrint session. From there, unwanted pages are automatically removed and any additional changes can be made.
  5. iPrint saves you tons of paper if you regularly print out reams of documents.

If we talk about iPrint as a virtual printer driver that may not allow you to print more than two or four pages on a single sheet but it has the added advantage of letting you delete unwanted pages from the printing job. If you consider readability, four pages on a single sheet is just about ideal. Let’s put it through a print job and see how it turns out.

iPrint installs as a virtual printer driver, so you can access it from any application that has a Print command. My screenshots show our PDF manual on MS Word – Writing Professional Reports & Documents.

Go to Print and select iPrint from the list of your Printers. Set the Print Range if you want to. You can also set it from within iPrint.

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iPrint Preview displays the document in the standard one page per sheet format. Use the menu commands to select the option you want – a 2 page per sheet layout or a 4 page per sheet layout. You can use the slider at the bottom to zoom in and out for a better view.

print multiple pages per sheet

Now, you can go through the pages and select the pages you want to delete. Use CTRL+Shift for selecting multiple pages. Deleted pages are highlighted in red.

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You can manage your print jobs using the first three buttons on the menu. Clicking on Print sends the document to be printed.

The final touch is given by green button which when clicked shows a report on how much you have saved using iPrint.

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The iPrint website says it can save you 30 – 60% on printing, paper and ink costs. That could translate into a few trees, and who knows perhaps a part of our planet too. Here are a few more printing solutions for the guy who wants to go green on his computer -

3 Easy Bookmarklets To Print Nice Looking Web Pages Without Craplets
Save Paper By Formatting & Printing Your Files With Govert’s Imposition Tool
Manage Printing Costs & Cut Paper Waste By Setting Up A Print Server with PaperCut

Do you think iPrint and printing apps of its ilk help to reduce waste and help us become more eco-friendly?


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April 28 2011

19:31

Save Paper By Formatting & Printing Your Files With Govert’s Imposition Tool [Windows]

print to pdfPaper costs money. Save both by printing your PDFs on half-pages. Whether you want a booklet or side-by-side copies, a free tool for Windows not only makes this possible but also simple. Stop messing around with printer settings and get the document exactly how you want it. Many printers allow you to print to PDF as a booklet, or to print side-by-side copies. The interface for doing so however, varies depending on the type of printer you’re using and a number of other factors.

Whether you routinely print our free PDF manuals or find yourself with a steady stream of documents you need to print and read, this is a tool you should probably know about.

Getting Started

To get started, simply download Govert’s imposition tool. It comes as a single executable file, but you’ll need to download .NET 2.0 to run this program. Once everything’s working, you’ll have a window that looks like this:

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Add a PDF, pick the print mode you want and you’ll quickly make a new PDF file formatting the way you want it.

What do these different modes mean? Great question. Keep reading to find out, and to see pages from a yet-to-be-released manual.

Booklet Printing

Want a booklet you can fold and staple down the middle? This is the mode you’re looking for. Govert’s tool will automatically arrange your document for convenient book making, so try this out if you want something that feels and reads like a book.

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You can optionally include folding marks, which makes the process a little bit simpler. There will also be a few blank “pages”, depending on your total number of pages, but this is normal in the world of publishing.

2-Up Printing

Want two “pages” per page, but aren’t very keen about the folded booklet? 2-up printing will put two consecutive pages on each sheet of paper, making for easy reading without a lot of extra work.

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Optional lines can seperate the two pages printed on a single sheet, which isn’t necessary but sometimes nice.

Duplicate, Side By Side

Want two copies of your document? This is the tool you need. Every sheet will have two versions of the same page.  Perfect if you are printing out leaflets and flyers.

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Cut every sheet down the middle and you’ve got two half-page documents. You can optionally have a cutmark on the top page, which is great if you’re going to use a paper-cutter to slice through an entire document.

2 by 2 1/2 Inches

This is like the duplicate setting, but you only get one copy. Basically: if you cut the sheets in half down the middle you have two stacks. The left side of the page is the first half of the document; the right, the second.

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Great if you want the document to be a stack of half-page sheets.

Conclusion

I like this tool quite a bit; thanks go to Freeware Genius for pointing it out.

Soon after becoming the eBook editor I was surprised to learn that many of our readers print our guides. I’m not sure why this surprised me; perhaps it’s because I rarely read anything on paper anymore and print documents even less often. While I do understand the appeal of printing such manuals, using full pages to do so is pretty wasteful. Tools like this make printing our manuals less wasteful, so I recommend all of our readers do so.

Prefer reading PDFs on your e-reader? So do I, but the formatting can be problematic. If this is familar to you, you’ll find Briss makes PDF files e-reader friendly. Even if you don’t use e-readers, combining Briss with Govert’s tool could have some awesome results. If you try this, share your thoughts in the comments below.

Do you have any other PDF printing tips or tools you use to print to PDF? Share them below, along with your questions about Govert’s imposition tool.


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April 12 2011

16:31

3 Easy Bookmarklets To Print Nice Looking Web Pages Without Craplets

print web pagePrinting information from the web is often a challenge because websites are plastered with sidebars, images, advertisements, and other unprintable elements. What makes a website look fantastic is a real drag when printing because all of these items waste precious ink and paper. Unfortunately, those sites that need a printable version most, notoriously don’t offer it.

Rather than just printing everything or using copy&paste to create a custom document for printing, you can be smart and use one of the bookmarklet tools I will introduce below. A bookmarklet typically is a little javascript utility that sits in your browser bookmarks bar and does its magic once you click it. The following bookmarklets can help you cut all the junk out of a website and print a nice looking version.

Bookmarklets work in any browser. Typically, you drag and drop it from a button on a website into your bookmarks bar. In Internet Explorer you right-click the button and select > Add to Favorites.

Joliprint

This applet will automatically strip elements from a website that are known to be superfluous. If you have your own website, but can’t be bothered to set up a print option, you can add a Joliprint button instead.

When you see the button on a website or have the bookmarklet in your bookmarks, all you need to do is click it and wait while Joliprint prepares your document.

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When your PDF is ready, you can download, open, and print it. Or you can share it via Facebook, Twitter, Email, or by using the provided link.

The screenshot below shows an excerpt from the PDF.

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The downside obviously is that you cannot customize the page in any way. You have to trust that Joliprint knows what it’s doing. On the other hand it’s fast and painless.

PrintWhatYouLike

PrintWhatYouLike lets you fully customize a page and print it directly or save it as a document. PrintWhatYouLike also offers a printer friendly button for your website.

To launch the PWYL editor, click the button or bookmarklet and wait a second. To isolate, remove, widen, resize, or save only selected items, simply click them in the website on the right and select the respective option from the little menu that opens up. You can select more than one element at once and apply the action to all of them at once.

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You will also notice a sidebar on the left hand side of the website you are editing. In addition to manipulating single items, it allows you to change the default text size and font, remove the background, all images and margins, as well as undo and redo changes. A shortcut is to click Auto Format, which yields a text only version of the website.

Once you’re happy with the result, you can print the website directly or save it as PDF or HTML.

PrintFriendly

Among the bookmarklets introduced here, I find PrintFriendly to be the most user friendly solution because it unites all of the best features of Joliprint and PrintWhatYouLike. If you agree, you might want to get not only the bookmarklet, but also the button for your website.

Once again, visit a website you wish to print and click the bookmarklet. When the PrinterFriendly document preview opens, you will find that all the usual suspects have already been stripped: sidebars, ads, menu bars etc.

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You can now go ahead and remove anything else you don’t want to see in your final document. Mouseover the respective element and ‘click to delete‘.

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When you’re done you can either print, save as PDF or email the document.

MakeUseOf has profiled several similar tools in the Directory:

Also check out the article How To Print A Web Page The Way You Want It and 2 Useful Bookmarklets To Make Your Web Reading Easier.

I highly recommend you save interesting articles to PDF for reference. This way you can also transfer them to your eReader, rather than printing them and wasting paper and ink. Besides, the file on your eReader will last longer than sheets of paper.

Image credits: vladis torms


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February 08 2011

17:31

Print and Create PDF Files From Web Pages With JoliPrint

create pdf from web pageAmazon has just announced that sales of its e-books have already surpassed printed books. Even though the news could be the sign that digital publications have started to hold its ground, e-books (and e-documents) still have a long way to go before they can completely replace their printed counterparts – if ever.

Kindle, iPad and other e-book readers and tablets might be the future of publishing, but nothing can replace the feeling of reading from the printed page – yet. That’s why most people still buy printed books and print articles from the web. But if you’ve ever tried to print webpages, you will know how horrible the results can be. To overcome this problem, people have invented tools like ReadableReadability and Instapaper, that come up with their own version of good looking printed webpages.


If you are on a quest to find a way to print nice looking webpages – either physically or digitally, you could try joliprint. This service will create a pretty PDF from any web page, and it will also help you add PDF-printing features on your website or blog.

Readers: Just Add The Address

From the readers’ point of view, using joliprint is as easy as writing down the web address and clicking the “joliprint it!” button.

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The web service will compile the information on the page, strip out the unnecessary elements, convert it into PDF, and send the result to be downloaded by the user’s browser. This is a good way to collect information for your research. Later on, whether or not you want to print the PDFs into physical copies is up to you.

To see how good the PDF result is, I “joliprint”-ed one MakeUseOf article. Below is the result. To make the pages easier to read and to optimize the use of space on the paper, joliprint divides the text into two columns. It also resizes the images to fit the column width.

save web page as pdf

Then I printed the same article into PDF – unmodified. I got the same layout as the website, along with the ads. Even though the web layout might be best for web viewing, it’s not optimized for printing.

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Another thing to note is that after comparing the two printouts, the joliprint version took less pages (only 3 pages) than the non-modified PDF version (6 pages).

While adding web addresses one by one to be PDF-printed is fine on one or two occasions, you might want to install joliprint’s bookmarklet if you do a lot of web printing.

save web page as pdf

After dragging and dropping the bookmarklet button to your browser’s bookmark bar, give it a name.

print web page

Now you can easily print any webpage that you encounter by clicking the bookmarklet.

Publishers: Integrate The Print Feature

If you own a website or blog, you’ll do your visitors a great favor by adding the joliprint button. To do that, go to the “Get the button” page and follow the instructions.

The first step is to decide the type of your site.

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If your site is a normal website, choose the kind of button that you want to use.

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The last step is to get the embed code, then copy and paste the code to your website.

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But if you own a WordPress blog, you’ll get more power by installing the joliprint plugin. You can download the plugin from the WordPress plugin repository, or…

print web page

You can search and install the plugin from within your WordPress blog admin area.

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After the plugin is installed, you can customize several things about joliprint via its “Options” pages.

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One of the available customizations is the header of the resulting PDFs. You can use your blog name as the header or define your own text header. You can even use your own graphic as the header.

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Another cool thing you can add to your joliprint feature is Google Analytics. By inserting your analytics code, you can track down and analyze the statistics of PDF-printing that your visitors do from your blog.

After you are done with the settings, you can check out your blog to see whether the joliprint buttons appear and whether the feature works well. By default, the joliprint button will appear at the end of posts and pages.

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As a person who still relies heavily on printed documentation, I find joliprint’s service to be indispensable. What about you? Have you tried joliprint? What do you think about printing out webpages? Do you use other similar services?

Please share your thoughts and opinions using the comments below.


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January 03 2011

17:30

10 Websites to Make and Print Word Search Puzzles

make a word search puzzleAdd word search puzzles to the list of games you can play with mere words and using nothing but a pen and paper. Oh, I forgot, you can play all sorts of puzzles and games on the web these days. Let’s talk about word search puzzles here.

Unlike crosswords where you pencil in the missing words with the help of clues, word search puzzles are about finding the hidden words in a grid of letters. The word you are searching for may be placed horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or even arranged at a 90 degree angle. The challenge of word search is in the clues if provided.


Just like crossword or any word games, word search puzzles are fun educational tools. A teacher can use it as an aid to teach anything from a foreign language to scientific terminologies. If you have a theme for a word search puzzle, search out the best among these ten websites and make (and print) your own word search puzzles.

Wordsearch Fun

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You can not only find loads of word search puzzles here, but also follow a four step process to make your own. Your custom word search puzzles can be included under the many categories gives or you can put it under ‘Miscellaneous’ for any that doesn’t fit. You can choose from 5 size choices (from 9×9 to 15×15). You can keep your puzzles private or open them to the public. When the puzzle is ready, you can choose to email it across or print it out. If you feel it’s too easy, the option – Scramble this Game, reorganizes the grid.

Teacherly

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At Teacherly, you can create a word search puzzle in seconds. There’s a simple text box to enter the words and a slider that sets the difficulty level. The hardest is – up, down, left, right and diagonal words. You can also browse through other puzzles created by users.

Word Search Maker

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Word Search Maker makes it even easier to create a puzzle. You can start off with a single word puzzle and copy the code (or send a link across) to your website. You can keep on adding words according to the complexity you want to set. The arrangement of the worlds is pretty much the standard – horizontal, vertical, and diagonal.

Word Turtle (Fun Brain)

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To make your own puzzle and print it on paper, you need to start off by selecting the level of game play. For instance, Super Hard is – 18 words, 20 letters, with reverse and diagonal. You can also choose to play against yourself. While playing against yourself, click on the first letter of the word you find; Fun Brain highlights it in yellow.

Word Search Generator

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Word Search Generator gives you more customization options to create your own word search puzzle worksheets. You can go for your own word list or choose from the ones already on the site. If it’s a large list, you can choose the number of words you want to pick from the list. What’s great about this puzzle generator is the number of grid options you have to play with including shapes like smile, diamond, and car. Set your font styles and word placement options before you click on create.

SuperKids Word Search Puzzle

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You can make your own printable hidden word puzzles using the SuperKids Wordsearch Puzzle Creator. Input your words and set the grid size to create a puzzle page which you can then print out. This one is a really simple tool for some quick puzzles.

Discovery Education’s Puzzlemaker

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Puzzlemaker gives you three choices when you generate your puzzle. An HTML one if you want to print it out, a Text option to paste it in some other application, and a Lowercase option which is the same as the last option but with all the letters in lowercase. You can also go with a puzzle which allows letter sharing among the words. The maximum puzzle size is limited 40 words.

WordSearch

Make printable PDF word search puzzles on this site. Of course, you can also opt for the HTML version too. You can customize the layout and the color of the puzzle page. You can see the options you have in the screenshot. WordSearch lets you arrange the words in any direction. Along with the puzzle PDF, you can also generate the answer key as a separate PDF file.

Puzzle-Maker

The Instant Online Word Search Maker comes without any extras. Place your words in the text box, choose the number of rows and columns to define your grid and create your puzzle. You can print the puzzle from the browser.

Just Word Search

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This online word search puzzle is based on Flash. While you cannot make your own puzzles, you can play around with the display size and color before printing out the puzzle.

A word search puzzle is only as good as the words you choose for it. Once you decide that, these websites help you to make a word search puzzle and print it out in a few easy steps. Which word search puzzle website would you go for? Let us know.

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January 01 2011

17:31

20+ Free Printable Calendars & Planners For 2011

free printable calendarsWith 2011 upon us, if you haven’t already bought yourself a planner or wall calendar, you might want to look at a few of these DIY free printable calendars. Some of them will require a little bit of effort on your part, but the final product will definitely be worth it. If you don’t have the time for paper crafts, just print one of the ready-made calendars or planners.

If you don’t have a colour printer, or are looking for something as simple as it gets, take a look at these 10 suggestions on where you can get printable calendars online.

12 Page Calendars

Noise To Signal

Cartoonist Rob Cottingham is sharing a 2011 wall calendar that can be downloaded from SlideShare or his website. Social media addicts will appreciate the humour taken from Rob’s cartoon strip, Noise to Signal.

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My Owl Barn

My Owl Barn has released a gorgeous 12 page calendar filled with owl related images from various artists. With 30 images to choose from, you can also determine the exact order they’ll appear in, or download their ready-made calendar.

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Doodle Calendar

Creative Mamma has put out a free printable Doodle Calendar for 2011.

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Big Huge Labs

If you’d rather use your own images, Big Huge Labs make it easy to use your own pictures from Flickr, Facebook, or your computer.

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Alice Cantrell

Another beautifully artistic calendar can be downloaded from Alice Cantrell’s website. The calendar includes lunar phases, and comes with a cover and band, making it possible to gift the calendar.

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Blog Guide Book

Blog Guide Book have an illustrated calendar available for download for free. It’s a huge 243MB file but definitely worth the download.

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Blue Ant Studio

Blue Ant Studio have made it a tradition to release a free 12 page calendar every year, and 2011 is no exception. The 2011 Calendar is available on Flickr.

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One Page Calendars

Compact Calendar

See the entire year at a glance with David Sheah’s Compact Calendar. If you want to keep yourself particularly organised, glue the calendar to a lined sheet of paper to neatly jot down your notes.

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Grafish Design

Possibly the smallest calendar you’ll ever find, Grafish Design’s aptly named Small Calendar is a wallet sized 4.4×7.6 cm.

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Yasmina Moya

Available in Spanish on Flickr, Yasmina Moya is offering a set of 4 interesting one page calendars with black and white photography.

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If you’d like to put together your own one page calendar with a personalised photo try Yearly Calendar Maker.

Monitor Strip

Craft Meister’s 2011 Monitor Strip Calendars are perfect for sticking above your computer monitor. They are available in a variety of colours and sizes.

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Bunny Calendar

A great option for kids, the printable Bunny Colouring Calendar will give your children the opportunity to colour in their own calendar.

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Bookmark Calendar

These free printable bookmark calendars measure just 1/2×7 inches and are available in English and Spanish. The text on the bookmarks and the title are editable.

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3D & DIY Calendars

Clovered

For the more artistically inclined, Clovered is offering three free printable calendars. The first, a pop-up calendar will take a bit of effort on your part but the end result is perfect for parents who want a cute calendar their kids will appreciate.

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For something a little simpler, you could also try the P The Reindeer Boy calendar.

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And lastly, their printable Pocket Calendar is the easiest option available.

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Dodecahedron Cube Calendar

Put your paper folding skills to the test with Craft Meister’s Dodecahedron Cube Calendar. The calendar is available in a variety of colours.

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Accordion Calendar

Paper Foldable’s Accordion Calendar is available for download here. The PDF doesn’t come with any instructions so you’re pretty much on your own figuring out how to put it together.

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Mini Laundry Calendar

Using a combination of wire, miniature clothes pegs and linen paper, you can put together one of the cutest DIY calendars for 2011, the Mini Laundry Calendar.

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Journals & Diaries

Wisdom Journal

The Wisdom Journal is a planner and calendar rolled into one. With one page for each month, you will find a space to fill out a mission statement, a 3 to 5 year plan, a 6 month plan, and a one month plan, along with a calendar. It also features a two sheet weekly planner, and detailed task list.

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2011 Diary

If you’d rather have a diary for the entire year, there is an A5 diary available for download as a Word document here. With the cost and paper involved in printing out this kind of diary, it may just be easier to purchase a planner or diary from any stationery store.

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Have you already downloaded your free printable calendar for 2011? Let us know where you got it in the comments.

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December 15 2010

17:31

5 Websites To Find Free Printable Christmas Cards

printable christmas cardsChristmas cards get more and more expensive every year so if you‘re looking to save money on cards this year, there are a few useful websites where you can create and print template-based printable Christmas cards directly from the website or download high resolution PDF files for printing. Avery half-fold card stock prints well in inkjet printers and they look just as good as the real thing.

I’ve located 5 sites that I found fairly accessible and basically free to use, although there are many others out there that ask for money.   But there is no need to pay anything when you have 5 sites like these that offer free printable Christmas cards.

123printcards

One of the easiest and straightforward card printing sites is 123printcards. That’s right, in three easy steps, you can customize the title, add a thoughtful message and print our your card on letter size card stock.

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The site has 38 different styles of cards, featuring cute, festive and colorful holiday drawings. Some layouts are color intensive, so they may not print well on regular typing paper.

Another linked page on the site enables you to add a photo to one of eight printable Christmas card templates, featuring images of Santa Claus, snowflakes, snowman, Christmas tree, ornaments, winter scenes, and more. The size of these cards are 5×7, and are useful for Christmas card invitations, seasonal and personal greetings.

KeepandShare

KeepandShare has a page of nine Christmas cards of assorted layouts that can be printed on card stock.

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You can download them as single high resolution PDF files and print them out or send them as eCards. Each card has 2 pages in the PDF Christmas card file, so it’s easy to print out. First print out the first side, setting your PDF software to print page “1″. Then flip your paper stock over and put it back in the printer and print page “2″. You don’t have to register on the site to use the resources.

AmericanGreetings

AmericanGreetings offers a more advanced card printing service, in which you can customize templates in their online Create & Print editor.

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You can add photos, artistic elements, customize text, and change font size on the front and inside cover the layouts.

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You can use the service and website for free on a two week trial basis, which enables you to print your card layouts directly from the site. You can also post your Christmas card right on your Facebook account or use it as an e-card.

ActivityVillage

ActivityVillage includes a collection of a dozen layouts that can be printed directly from the site or downloaded in PDF format. From there, you can hand write your greetings and add art elements.

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These cards are geared more towards kids and maybe your office co-workers. The site also has resources for classroom printables, including holiday posters, coloring pages, games, jigsaws, stories and poems, etc.

Christmas Greetings Ideas

If you’re looking for some inspirational messages for your Christmas cards, check out Printable Greetings. It includes an handful of messages like, Friends and family are like the tinsel on the Christmas tree, they provide the sparkle for the season.

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For additional sites with charming message greetings, check out my MUO article here and for more ideas on season’s greetings, check out Simon’s 3 Sites to Make Funny Video Greeting Cards.

The printable Christmas card sites listed above are the most accessible resources I found, but if there are ones you know about, please share them in the comments section below.


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