With our web tool you can manually create high-quality PDF documents quickly from any URL in your browser and you can save your own default settings in our members area. Below you can review all the options that you can use with our latest software to do so.
Note that we also offer other tools that create PDFs from web pages automatically. We have a powerful API and a great tool to convert full websites into PDF, but for all our automatic tools you will need a business license. Please review our plans for automatic PDF creation.
The sections below describe all the options that you will be able to use and save in our members area. They will be used as defaults for all our automatic tools, such as the web to PDF API, our full website to PDF tool, the batch URL to PDF API and also in the browser addons, which will make your life a lot easier when you're surfing the web.
The table below shows the settings that you can change to control the page settings. These will determine the layout of the resulting PDF.
|Page size||Page size, such as A4, Letter etc. See the full list for details.|
|Custom size||Specify a specific page size in millimeters, inches or points. You can also use this to get a single long PDF of your entire webpage instead of one that's broken down in pages. When you want that then fill in only the width and we will determine the height automatically. We recommend a widht of 300mm in that case..|
|Orientation||Portrait or landscape orientation|
|Margins||Top, bottom, left and right margin dimensions in either mm (millimeters), in (inches) or pt (points)|
The table below shows the settings that you can change to control the conversion process. These will largely determine the contents of the resulting PDF.
|Optimize layout||Optimize the way your web page looks as a PDF, by adjusting fonts and colors and making sure static items on your webpage (such as headers, navigation bars, notices etc) only appear once.|
|Use print layout||Use the print friendly layout (CSS media type 'print') if the web page has one|
|Remove background||Do not show the web page background in the PDF|
|Remove hyperlinks||Do not include hyperlinks in the PDF|
|Block Ads||Attempts to automatically block ads from appearing in the PDF|
The table below shows the settings that you can change to control the scaling of the website as it's converted. This will be especially helpful with responsive sites such as sites based on Bootstrap and other responsive frameworks.
|Viewport||The viewport that our engine will use to capture your pages. By default we use 1366*768.|
|Zoom Level||Zoom into or out of a page before the conversion. Values from 10% to 200% are valid.|
The PDF output can be generated in different ways. Please find the options below that you can use to influence this.
|Convert to grayscale||Converts the PDF to grayscale.|
|Compress for minimum size||Execute a custom compression on the PDF to shrink it's size, while keeping the quality (almost) the same.|
Page Completion Settings
For those pages we have the below two settings. In most cases you will be able to get all the content of a webpage in the PDF by using these.
|Wait Time||Let our software wait this amount of milliseconds after the initial page load so that your page can finish drawing.|
|Lazy Load Content||Use extra time to render content (usually images or graphs) that's "lazy" loaded via Ajax.|
Try this is you get a blank PDF or a PDF with parts missing.
Header and Footer
The header and footer can be specified in HTML through a WYSIWYG editor. We also support extra parameters for dates and page numbers. Have a look at the extensive documentation.
You can add or override CSS of the pages that you want to convert. In this way you can easily remove pieces from a page or make them look different and style them to your needs.
Watermarking and Stamping
You can use your own image as a watermark or stamp for the PDFs that you create. We treat watermarks and stamps as the same thing, essentially because we always place the image in the foreground. In case you use an opacity of 100% then your image will appear as a stamp, but otherwise it will look like a watermark.
|Image location||URL of the watermark image|
|Position||The horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) position of your watermark|
|Scaling||The horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) scaling percentages for the watermark|
E.g. use 200% if you want to appear your watermark twice as big
|Opacity||Percentage that specifies the opacity - 100% is fully opague and appears as a stamp|
|Rotation angle||Angle of rotation between 0 and 360|
You can use the encryption (also known as PDF rights managements) settings from the table below in the conversion process. Just make sure that your version of Acrobat Reader (or other PDF reader) supports the level of encryption that you choose, so you can actually OPEN the resulting PDF!
|Encryption level||Level of encryption of the PDF (from 40-bit RC4 to 256-bit)|
|User password||Password needed to open the PDF|
|Owner password||Password needed to adjust the rights management settings of the PDF|
|Disallow printing||Prevent users from printing the PDF|
|Disallow content copying||Prevent users from copying content from the PDF|
|Disallow annotation||Prevent users from annotating (commenting) the PDF|
Options available for our older PDF creation software
In March 2021 we introduced version 5.0 of our conversion software. This is based on the very latest browser engines and will be our default conversion software. Previously released versions 1.7, 2.0, 3.0 (2018) and 4.0 (2020) will remain available and you can select those in the "Profile" tab in our members area. The older 1.7 and 2.0 versions have the following options in the members area that are not (yet) available with version 3.0 and up.
|Include table of contents||Include a table of contents at the beginning of the PDF|
|Include bookmarks||Include bookmarks in the PDF for the <h1> through <h4> tags in the webpage|
|Remove images||Do not include any images from the web page in the PDF|