I got a note from Dave the other day, telling me he sometimes wants to print out some of my blog articles, but can't get them to print in a sensible form from either Firefox or Internet Explorer. I'd never tried this before, but I quickly saw what he meant when I saw the screwy formatting that results. Apparently, this is an inherent issue with TypePad blogs (and possibly others).
I suggested a workaround that I'm sharing here, since it may help if you want to print out articles from the blogs you read.
- Install and run the free RSS aggregator SharpReader (this is my favorite RSS reader for Windows)
- Paste the URL for the blog you want to print from into the SharpReader address bar. SharpReader will autodiscover the RSS feed and you'll see a list of the articles in a list. If you want to subscribe to the feed, you might as well click the Subscribe button right now.
- Click on the article you want to print, and you'll see it appear in SharpReader's viewer pane.
- Right click on the article text in the viewer pane, and select "Print" from the context menu. From here, it's just a normal print dialog.
This works very well and doesn't require any changes to any of the blogs you're reading - and since SharpReader is free, the price is right.
Below, I've provided a link to a PDF (created using Nitro PDF Pro, of course) showing a sample of what the output looks like:
Update March 10:
If you don't want to install another RSS reader, another option (for my site, at least) is to subscribe to the email alerts on my site (in the left navigation bar). I use a wonderful, free service called RSSFwd that will email a print-worthy copy of each new post to you. You can then print out any articles you'd like to print. It's privacy-friendly, as well - I don't have access to your email address through this method, and you don't receive any emails other than the posts through this method.
And fellow bloggers, the service is a snap to set up and use, so give it a try if you want to provide alternatives to share your ideas.