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Test Of Archiving Software - Save As PDF...

 

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Type

Name

Platform

Version

Price

URL

Remarks

Individual web page in static state

Function 'Save As PDF...'

Mac OS X

10.3.5

Integral in† Mac OS X

-

aa


Conclusion

With the function 'Save As PDF', Mac OS X makes it possible to print a web page as a PDF file, instead of for the printer. It is advantageous to use the function to archive the visual parts of a web page, which then appear as a static snapshot of the web page. The method cannot be used to archive dynamic elements. The (static) visual parts of the archive web page appear remarkably correct with this archiving function, and the only disadvantage is that the web page is made up in a printable format (A4, A3, etc.).


Recommended settings

The utility is used by downloading the desired page from the browser, then choosing ’print’ in the ’archive’ menu (command + p). A dialogue box will appear, where 'Save As PDF', and a path to the archived web page are chosen. The utility should be set to include the background in the archived material. This can be done by choosing the setting for the browser in the dialogue box (such as Safari or Internet Explorer), then checking ‘print background’ (different browsers may use different wording)


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 19 2004, 12 p.m. – 1.p.m.

Tested by: Bo Hovgaard Thomasen

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

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

 

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

aaaa

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 single pages

Archiving of all desired web pages

-

Not relevant for this programme

Movement between elements in the structure

Link

0

aa

Print/writing

Textual link

0

Links not active. The archived material is static

Drop-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

aa

Automatic redirection

0

Links not active. The archived material is static

Movement in elements in the structure

Automatic + inherent

0

aaa

Print/writing

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, no action..

Image

Levende billeder

0

The archived material is static.

Sound

0

Sound is 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 slideshows, clickable maps)

0

The archived material is static

Games

0

The archived material is static

Quizzes

0

The archived material is static

Clickable maps with zoom or activation

0

The archived material is static

Mouse-over

0

The archived material is static

Sound

Non-streamed sound, activated in games, quizzes, etc.

0

Sound is not archived

Mouse-over

0

Sound is 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

Spil

0

The archived material is static

Sound

Streaming (both archived and live)

0

The archived material is static

Non-movable elements

aaaa

3

aaa

Print/writing

aaa

4

All text† is archived

Image

aa

4

All images are archived

Sound

aa

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.