Reduce Paper Waste Printing Web Pages
Printing web pages can be a frustrating experience, yielding both poor layouts and wasted paper. @greenit recently called attention to three utilities purporting to reduce print waste, one desktop-based and two online. The Vertatique home page can be challenging to to print since it is a dynamic assembly from an underlying content management system (Drupal CMS), rather than a hard-coded HTML page, so I used it for a quick test of the two online utilities.
To establish a baseline, I looked at the Preview display of Vertatique in each of the three browsers I have running on my MacBook: Safari 4.0, Firefox 3.0, and Internet Explorer 6.0 (under XP). Explorer generated the most pages: six versus four for each of the others. Safari yielded the best layout.
PrintWhatYouLike.com's demo yielded a four-page Preview similar to Safari's and offered some interesting editing/formatting features which I did not try. (See 06/19/2009 comment from Jonathan, below.)
PrintFriendy.com's demo appeared to have the most trouble with Vertatique's CMS-driven content. Its Preview yielded a single page containing only the text of the most recent post. (See 06/19/2009 comment from Frederic, below.)
- I used Safari to test both online utilities.
- I did not actually print to paper, as printing ~20 pages did not seem consistent with the spirit of the exercise.
- A newer Windows browser/OS pairing might yield better results. Please post a comment if you can get better Windows results with the Vertatique home page.
PrintEco is another option, offering plugins for Office, IE, and Firefox. PrintEco only works with Microsoft operating systems.