Part of my day job, besides chasing pre-school age children through the house, is to grab web pages for fun and profit. The Mac makes it easy.
Safari has a built-in Web Archive function which captures the whole web page. What if you need more? What if you want to save them as multi-page PDFs, including images. Then you need a better tool.
Web Snapper is one of a handful of Mac apps that capture web pages from a browser or URL. Enter the URL of the web page you want, and Web Snapper collects all the web page pieces, puts them together, and your life is complete.
Well, maybe not complete and fulfilled, but certainly better.
Safari’s Web Archive function is limited, but it does a good job of capturing the basic web page of a specific URL.
Web Snapper takes your effort to a higher plane of existence because it integrates with Safari and operates as a standalone app. And, it does more.
Cool blinking turtle icon aside, Web Snapper saves web pages exactly as you see them in Safari. Save them as a file, save the pages as images, or as multiple page PDFs.
The benefit of the single page, single click approach is that you can avoid the copy and paste or cropping of multiple screen shots. The Safari option displays as a toolbar button in Safari’s toolbar.
Click and you get the goodies—a full web page. The standalone app will work with any Mac browser from Firefox to Chrome to Camino to Opera and others. All you have to do is drag and drop the site’s URL.
Web Snapper then loads the web page, and converts it into a continuous vector PDF. It looks, for the most part, just like the browser version of the page.
It works so well that you can easily download and process multiple web pages at the same time.
Why is this better than Safari’s free Web Archive feature?
That depends on your needs. Web Snapper saves the web page as file, as images, as PDFs.
Choice is a good thing as not all PC users have Safari for Windows, and may not understand what to do with a Web Archive of a web page.
Web Snapper is inexpensive, basically intuitive (drag and drop isn’t that difficult to master), but comes with a caveat or two.
Single image files can be enormous. Ditto for PDFs. Web Snapper uses WebKit to render the web pages, so what you see on screen, while usually very precise, may vary from what Windows PC users view in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera or other browsers.
If you capture web pages and send them to others, Web Snapper is worthy, but could also be improved with some annotation tools.