Print to PDF on iOS

iOS 10 comes with a great but somewhat hidden feature: Print to PDF. It allows you to save any document that you can print as a PDF and send it by email or clip it to DEVONthink To Go.

Print to PDF on iOS

In the Share sheet from any app choose Print. The print preview dialog appears. Now instead of printing “pinch” on the print preview like just as if you’d want to enlarge it. It opens — now as a PDF — in a separate dialog. Choose Share again and send it anywhere you like.

Thank you to forum user atdnorth for this great tip!

16 Responses to “Print to PDF on iOS”

  1. Klaus Kandert says:

    Thanks for this great hint!

  2. eboehnisch says:

    We’ll post another message as soon as we have a better knowledge of the scope of this issue. It’s probably related to the changed PDFKit of macOS Sierra.

  3. Arild B. Anda says:

    This is the best tip since I don’t know when. If there is on thing the iPad is great for, it is reading and annotating. Long article—>reading mode in Safari—>straight into Devonthink—>read, swipe, annotate. Brilliant!

  4. JMTee says:

    So, effectively you now have almost full share sheet functionality in Mail, too(!) This will potentially have huge implications to my workflow… Off to testing it in earnest.

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  6. […] My personal favourite: in two clicks and two keystrokes, I can take any webpage that Safari can make a reader view from and have a formatted, ad-free, rich (so, clickable links) PDF sent to my DTPO global inbox. I think this is awesome and use it constantly! Print to PDF is now also possible on iOS. […]

  7. […] PDF reading: I’m a heavy annotator of  PDFs in DTPO, and whilst this doesn’t translate to DTTG2 in a significant way for me, I do do a reasonable amount of reading of PDFs on the iPhone. This tends to be non-academic things I am interested in, research articles, manuals, tutorials, discussions on books or current affairs, etc. I treat these in the same way as my academic articles. Yes, I can save my favourite ‘reader view’ PDF straight to the global inbox from here too (read about the print-to-PDF feature of iOS here). […]

  8. Gabriella says:

    Huge tip, thanks a lot!!

  9. John Date says:

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been searching for: It is the ONLY way I’ve found to save a PDF of a Reader View Safari page on IOS. Perfect!

  10. Rob says:

    This is a great and I use this all the time, but the URL of the page it comes from isn’t embedded in the meta data for the PDF.

    Is this an iOS issue or something that can be added during the process in DTTG?

  11. @ Rob: But the URL should be added to the metadata of the document in DEVONthink To Go. You’d like to see it embedded into the PDF itself, too, right?

  12. Rob says:

    If by metadata you mean what is shown in the info panel, no, there is no url there. Is there somewhere else I should be looking for metadata?

  13. @ Rob: Yes, that’s what I meant. Well, it should be added there. Noted as an issue.

  14. @ Rob: Just checked. If the PDF is created by printing something, the original URL is not provided by the print system. Sorry.

  15. Rob says:

    Thanks for checking, I’ll have to see if I can create another workflow that will capture the URL, While not usually needed, it’s nice to have that in the metadata.