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Converting Web Pages from Within Acrobat

Because web pages are updated on a regular basis, when you visit the web pages described in this article, the content of the pages may have changed. Even though we've tried to use links that we think will be relatively stable, you may have to use links other than those described in this section. However, you should be able to apply the steps to virtually any links on any website. If you're working inside a corporate firewall, for example, you might find it easier to try these steps by substituting an internal site for the Adobe Press site or the Peachpit site.

In the following procedure, you'll enter a URL in the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box and convert some web pages.

  1. If the Create PDF from Web Page dialog box is not open, choose File > Create PDF > From Web Page.
  2. For the URL, enter the address of the website you'd like to convert. (We used the Adobe Press website at
  3. Click the Capture Multiple Levels button (see Figure 1).

    You control the number of converted pages by specifying the levels of site hierarchy you want to convert, starting from your entered URL. For example, the top level consists of the page corresponding to the specified URL; the second level consists of pages linked from the top-level page, and so on. You need to be aware of the number and complexity of pages you may encounter when downloading more than one level of a website at a time. It's possible to select a complex site that will take a very long time to download. Use the Get Entire Site option with great caution. In addition, downloading pages over a dial-up modem connection usually takes much longer than downloading them over a high-speed connection.

  4. Make sure that the Get Only option is selected, and that 1 is selected for the number of levels.
  5. Select Stay on Same Path to convert only pages that are subordinate to the URL you entered.
  6. Select Stay on Same Server to download only pages on the same server as the URL you entered.
  7. Click Create. The Download Status dialog box displays the status of the download in progress. When downloading and conversion are complete, the converted website appears in the Acrobat document window, with tagged bookmarks in the Bookmarks panel.

    If any linked material is not downloadable, you'll get an error message. Click OK to clear the error message.

  8. Click the Single Page button (see Figure 2) on the Acrobat toolbar to fit the view of the converted web page to your screen.
  9. Use the Next Page and Previous Page buttons to move through the pages.
  10. Choose File > Save As, name the file Web.pdf, and save it.

On Windows, if you're downloading more than one level of pages, the Download Status dialog box moves to the background after the first level is downloaded. The globe in the Create PDF from Web Page button in the toolbar continues spinning to show that pages are being downloaded. Choose Advanced > Web Capture > Bring Status Dialogs to Foreground to see the dialog box again.

The converted website is navigable and editable just like any other PDF document. Acrobat formats the pages to reflect your page-layout conversion settings, as well as the look of the original website.

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