If like me you do a lot of web-based research, then this tip might help you – basically it allows you to save any webpage in Safari on the iPad as a PDF straight into an iPad app that will let you open it, annotate it and save the finished document as well as transfer it to your computer (with mark-up intact) or share it on DropBox, etc. For this little trick you will need the following:
- A copy of Good Reader [ 99 cents isn't going to break the bank ]
- A special bookmark added to Safari on the iPad
Once you have GoodReader installed on the iPad, go to Safari and open any website and add it to your bookmarks. Next, go to your bookmarks, click ‘Edit‘, find the bookmark and change the title to something like ‘Save to GoodReader PDF” and the link to the following:
[ that should all be on one line with no spaces...]
This handy little mini script asks the service http://pdfmyurl.com to turn the currently viewed page into a PDF. The big trick is adding ‘g‘ to the address (ghttp://) which actually tells GoodReader to download the resultant document.
Result? Each time you want to save a page as a PDF in GoodReader, all you need to do is load it up in Safari and use the bookmark you created. Note that if the page you’re trying to save is already a PDF, all you need to do is reload the page itself with a ‘g‘ in front of the ‘http://‘ part of the address.
If you need more powerful mark-up tools, try iAnnotate PDF.
UPDATE: May 3rd 2011
This bookmark in Safari on the iPad (one line, no spaces) will also download a webpage as a PDF and save it to Goodreader: