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Test Of Archiving Software - PrimoPDF

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Type

Name

Platform

Version

Price

URL

Remarks

Individual web pages in a static state

PrimoPDF

Windows

1.0

Free

www.primopdf.com

UPDATE
[2005.08.09]:
Version 2.0 is now available from the developer's web site (not tested here).

 

Conclusion

PrimoPDF 1.0 installs a printer that permits printing a web page as a PDF file. The programme is suitable for use in archiving the visual parts of a web page as static snapshots. Dynamic elements are not archived in this method. The (static) visual parts of the archived web page appear remarkably correct when archived using PrimoPDF, although a functional disadvantage of the programme is that it is often necessary to manually set the scale to be used in archiving; otherwise the full width of the web page is not included in the archiving. It is a disadvantage that the web page is made up in printable format (A4, A3, etc.).

 

Recommended settings

The utility is used by finding the desired web page in the browser (here Internet Explorer 6), after which 'Print...' is chosen in the''File' (ctrl + p) menu, and PrimoPDF is chosen in the dialogue box that now appears. The browser should be set to include backgrounds when printing. This can be done by choosing 'Internet options..' in the ‘Tools’ menu in Internet Explorer, then checking ’Print Background’. It may also be necessary to downscale the print manually (typically to 80%, but depending on the web page width). Next check 'Print', starting PrimoPDF, which will ask for an archiving path and print quality, and 'For Print' should be chosen..

 

Archiving speed

Archiving time (min)

File size (MB)

Archiving speed (MB/min)

Degree of presence required

Not tested

Not tested

Not tested

Not tested

 

Test details


Test date and time: Friday October 15, 2004, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.; Tuesday October 19, 1 p.m. – 1,30 p.m.

Tested by: Bo Hovgaard Thomasen

Tested by archiving: www.dr.dk/nyheder , www.dr.dk/skum, www.dr.dk/kroeniken/

Speed test carried out by archiving : www.dr.dk/nyheder/html/nyheder/baggrund/tema2003/krise/index.jhtml

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Test results

The following have been evaluated according to the following scale for the number of archived elements: 0=none, 1=few, 2=average, 3=most, 4=all

Structure

aa

3

aa

aa

Cascading Style Sheets

4

The archived web page follows the online web pageís CSS.

Page composition

4

All elements are correctly positioned on the archived web page

Background

4

All backgrounds are archived

Pop-up-windows

0

The programme can only archive individual pages

Archiving of all the desired web pages

-

Not relevant for this programme

Movement between elements in the structure

Link

0

aaa

Print/writing

Textual link

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Pull-down menu

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Formulas such as login

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Image

Animation

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Graphics

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Photo

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Moving images

0

Links not active, the archived material is static.

Link target

0

aa

Print/writing

Text

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Image

Animation

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Graphics

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Photo

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Moving images

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Other

-

aa

Sound

aa

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Automation

0

aa

a

Automatic redirection

0

Links not active, the archived material is static

Movement in elements in the structure

Automatic + inherent

0

aa

Print/writing

aaa

0

Movable print/writing archived only as snapshot.

Image

Animation

0

Animation archived only as static image

Moving images

0

Moving images archived only as static image

Banner ads

0

Banner ads archived only as static image

Sound

Background sound

0

Sound not archived

Banner ads

0

Sound not archived

Automatic + online

0

aa

Print/writing

Chat as reader

0

The archived material is static. Chat can only be archived as snapshots without movement.

Image

Moving images

0

The archived material is static.

Sound

aa

0

Sound not archived

User intervention + inherent

0

aa

Print/writing

Archived chat

0

The archived material is static

Mouse-over

0

The archived material is static.

Quizzes

0

The archived material is static.

Clickable maps

0

The archived material is static.

Image

Non-streamed image (such as slide show, clickable map)

0

The archived material is static.

Games

0

The archived material is static.

Quizzes

0

The archived material is static.

Clickable maps (w. zoom or activation)

0

The archived material is static.

Mouse-over

0

The archived material is static.

Sound

Non-streamed sound (e.g. activated in games, quizzes, etc.)

0

Sound not archived

Mouse-over

0

Sound not archived

User intervention + online

0

aa

Print/writing

Chat (as participant)

0

The archived material is static.

Polls

0

The archived material is static.

Test-yourself

0

The archived material is static.

Image

Streamed images

0

The archived material is static.

Games

0

The archived material is static.

Sound

Streaming (both archived and live)

0

The archived material is static.

Non-movable elements

aaaa

3

aaaa

Print/writing

aa

4

All print/writing is archived

Image

aa

4

All images are archived

Sound

aaa

0

Sound is not archived


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The test was carried out by graduate student Bo Hovgaard Thomasen during the period from July- December 2004, and its premises and main results are explicated in the text Test of software and strategies for micro-archiving websites.

Note: We do not have the resources to offer technical support or other advice on the use of the tested archiving programme beyond what can be found on this web page.