Downloading Threads

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Prufrock

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Sorry for my lack of web-savvy, but is it possible to download certain threads to your own computer? I've come across some wonderful discussions, especially from before I joined the board, that I would love to save to be able to go through them more carefully some time.
 

fredtgreco

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Paul,

The best way is to use the "Thread Tools" and to "Show Printable Version" and then make a PDF out of it. I am pretty sure that there are some free PDF maker tools if you don't have one.
 

TsonMariytho

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On a related note (and I bet you can answer this, Rich), is the PB backed up? Up until recently, I've participated in another Reformed discussion board whose server apparently recently went belly up without a backup. Now I'm wishing I'd saved certain threads from it. :^(
 

fredtgreco

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Paul,

The best way is to use the "Thread Tools" and to "Show Printable Version" and then make a PDF out of it. I am pretty sure that there are some free PDF maker tools if you don't have one.
pdf 995: create PDF documents easily for free

Allows you to install a printer driver that saves the output to a PDF.
Rich,

I also discovered an even easier route for Firefox users (easier because it does not require installation of a program or print driver):

You can use the PDF Download extension (homepage here) not only to give options when opening a PDF online, but to make PDF's of webpages. Here is what I did with this thread, for example:
 

Semper Fidelis

2 Timothy 2:24-25
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On a related note (and I bet you can answer this, Rich), is the PB backed up? Up until recently, I've participated in another Reformed discussion board whose server apparently recently went belly up without a backup. Now I'm wishing I'd saved certain threads from it. :^(
Yes, it is backed up daily.

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Paul,

The best way is to use the "Thread Tools" and to "Show Printable Version" and then make a PDF out of it. I am pretty sure that there are some free PDF maker tools if you don't have one.
pdf 995: create PDF documents easily for free

Allows you to install a printer driver that saves the output to a PDF.
Rich,

I also discovered an even easier route for Firefox users (easier because it does not require installation of a program or print driver):

You can use the PDF Download extension (homepage here) not only to give options when opening a PDF online, but to make PDF's of webpages. Here is what I did with this thread, for example:
Cool plugin. I find PDF995 to be useful in many other cirumstances but that plugin is certainly easier.
 

fredtgreco

Vanilla Westminsterian
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Rich,

You might also want to check out FinePrint and PDFfactory. They are really cool printing tools. The former allows you to preview prints, print multiple pages on a piece of paper, etc. The latter is a cheap PDF creating tool with some bells and whistles.

FinePrint Software
 

Pilgrim

Puritan Board Doctor
On a related note (and I bet you can answer this, Rich), is the PB backed up? Up until recently, I've participated in another Reformed discussion board whose server apparently recently went belly up without a backup. Now I'm wishing I'd saved certain threads from it. :^(
Was it the Reformed Reader forum?
 

TsonMariytho

Puritan Board Freshman
Out of respect for the owners/administrators, I don't want to say which one it was. But I hope they get the pieces put back together.
 
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