February 27th 2014 3:52 pm
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Sorry, Kibbies but I had to delete the last one because I kept getting spam and so I went into my settings and made sure only members can make a comment on my diary.
The is NOT my work, it is a collective work done by many over at Catster Buddies on Facebook ~ a few have noticed this down and i am reposting it~hope this helps you all save your stuff:
Tips/Tricks/Ideas to Save Catster pages, diaries, photos, videos, etc
HOW TO USE web.archive.org /WayBack Machine
WayBackMachine, which allows you to archive pages (free) and then you can bookmark the URL to give people.
Web.archive.org is an online archive of webpages throughout time, beginning in 2007, saved by various users who found them valuable enough to preserve. Some pages have been archived multiple times and different versions are all visible to the user, making for some fascinating reading and research. Most pages have NEVER been archived however, and that includes many of our highly valued pages on Catster.
Using the web archive site is not complicated. You can sign up for an account, but that isnot necessary in order to start archiving any pages you want preserved. You also can choose to make a donation - you will be prompted frequently - but again that is not required in order to use the site.
Start at the URL https://web.archive.org/web/
You will see a logo for Wayback Machine and 2 fields on the page - one for inputting a page URL to browse its archived history, and another for saving a page. I do recommend spending a few minutes playing with the first - just plug in a URL and enter it. Figuring out how the time-slider bar works is important if you do find yourself working with lots of pages that were archived earlier. (it's a slider that goes backward (left) and forward(right) by date, with different colors for different versions of a page, all of which you can click on. As you slide it to the right you can see when the most recent version was saved, and decide if you need a more recent version. If you are happy with the most recent version available, BOOKMARK IT! That means you have one less page to save!)
But you're really interested in using the second field. Insert the URL for the page you want to archive into the second (lower right) field and enter it to save your page AS OF THAT MOMENT IN TIME. I.e., it archives you the freshest page content available, and will be accurate until you or someone else adds or changes content on the page, by making a post or changing a picture or whatever.
Once the pop-up window saying the page is being archived finishes, bookmark the page so you can find it again. Because it is a time archive, each URL is timestamped - if you archive the same page 30 seconds later, the numeric part of the URL will differ from the previous version . I.e if you bookmark something at 10:31:53 on January 23 2014, the numeric segment of the URL will read "20140123103153"; the same page archived 5 seconds later will read "20140123103158").
You can also archive subpages through each link on the archived pages you already have. When you click a link to your pet's diary on your archived pet page, for example, either an old version of the diary will come up, which means it's already been archived but you need to redo as explained above so you have your most recent entries - or a pop-up will say "this page is available on the internet! Add it to our archive!' (Words to that effect.) That means the diary has never been archived. Click the link, and it will open a small window that saves the page at that date/time. You then can bookmark the page and move on to the next one. I archived ALL my cats diary entries that had comments, and all their pictures with comments, because if you only save the pages that show all the diary entries or photos, you do not get the comments.
When you archive a group, do the main page, then the group forums list that is linked at the bottom of the forums section on the main page, then each page of each forum. I would bookmark each forum individually.
If a forum has more than one page (most do), once you've finished archiving all the forum pages, click on the page "1" link at the top of the last forum page, and that will establish a link to the first page from anywhere in the forum, not just the group's main page or forums list.
You can also archive group messages individually, but Catster only saves a few pages of those so I'm not sure how much value those 60 or so posts will have. I guess that depends on the group.
One thing I emphasize above all else is BOOKMARK FREQUENTLY. Have one folder in your bookmarks menu dedicated to each cat, or to each group, and sort the bookmarked pages to the right folder. Another important point is verifying that bookmarks (or links on a main page) work once you archive a page - i.e. that the page really was archived. I've run into a few cases where the first time I archived a page it didn't "stick" and I got the "this page is available! add it to the archive! message, even though I'd tried to archive it an hour or two before. With this type of work, it pays to go back over your steps.
2. 1. If you are saving pages to look at just for yourself, I like saving the web page as html. Under "File" on the browser, "Save As", web complete. Saves the whole page to your hard drive. When you click on the file it will bring up the page in a browser. You cannot easily email this document. Each browser is different and the same browser on different systems may appear differently.
3. Saving pages for others, emailing or putting them in Facebook messages, etc: Liking Chrome browser with the SaveAsPdf add-on. Saves the whole page with some lines in it, but it looks clean and sharp and you can send the pdf file by email. You can also use Web2Pdf to create pdf files.
make a pdf file of any page: http://web2pdf.co.uk/
4. The SNIP TOOL in Windows 7 is like a screen capture. Not sure about 8. Better than a screenshot and you can email the document.
*NOTE I discovered that some profile pages could not be saved by using Web2PDF but could be saved by Chrome SaveAsPDF. If one doesn't work for pdf, try the other!
** NOTE When you use the free version of SaveAsPDF in Chrome, and you look at the completed file you will see lines. You can view it in the browser and the lines will disappear. It's a whole lot FASTER than using web2pdf too.
How to Create a Mirror Copy of your pet's page! I read through the whole thing and with focus it is not difficult. Some of you will want to try this I'm sure!http://madscientistlabs.blogspot.com/2014/01/for-our-do gster-friends.htm
5. Mozilla Firefox Scrapbook extension. addons.mozilla.org
It saves pages as you see them . You can actually save whole websites with Scrapbook (I don't suggest you try to save the whole of Catster!) and once you've saved the pages, they are editable, so you can remove bits you don't like. I'm then exporting the pages to a separate folder on an external hard drive as back up. You can only view them with Scrapbook but you can print them. Doing this, I've found a fairly quick way of saving long threads. Enter multiple page urls and been doing that in blocks of about 30 pages at a time can save a whole thread of 100pages in about 10 minutes
Saving Pages Using Chrome
Go to your Catster profile page. Now click on the three little lines on the top right of your browser Now click on Print Now click on Save as PDF Select All pages Select Portrait Margins Default Options click on both options Click Save and you are done.
How to Save Catster Diaries
1. PDF converter - look for a document explaining this process.
2. Copy and paste - open each page of the diary, copy (highlight) (Ctrl C) the text, paste (Ctrl V) the text into a word document. Save the word document to your computer.
Depending upon the size of the diary:
The PDF converter looks just like the diary, however, it takes awhile to do.
The copy/paste method seems to be quicker for me, but it looks messy. It can be cleaned up later and converted to a PDF if wanted
How to Do a Screen Capture
There are many ways - I'm going to explain how I do it, and if you have a different/better way, please edit this document and include your instructions too!
Your keyboard has a button called PRTSCN - "print screen"
When you select PRTSCN it will copy whatever is seen on your screen (not the entire page, just what you see). It takes that image/text and puts it on your computer's Clipboard.
Now you need to "paste" from the Clipboard to either a word document, or to a photo editing program (Photoshop for example, or any other photo editing program you might have on your computer).
When you open your word document and/or photo editing program, you'll need to "paste" what is on the clipboard.
To do that in Photoshop, you open a blank document, and select "paste" from the drop down menu (which is also Ctrl V on your keyboard).
Your clipboard "screen capture" is now a document that you must save to your computer. If pasted into a word program, you just save it like you save any document. If pasted into a photo editor, you can save it as a jpeg file.
IF YOU HAVE WINDOWS 7: SNIP IT TOOL for screen capture (VERY EASY TO USE)
Click on the Windows blue circle in the bottom right corner.
In the box at the bottom where is says "search programs and files" type the word SNIP
It will show a program called Snipping Tool. Click on it and a little box appears on top of your present screen.
Next to the word "NEW" there is a drop down menu with a little arrow, click that and it gives you an option of what kind of snip you want to do.
After you choose, the cursor turns into a + sign....use it to cut out what you want...OR capture the window or the screen.
Once you have captured it, click on File and click Save As and name it and you have now snipped your image. :)
It will save your SNIPPED screen capture as a JPEG file - be sure to select that option and then save it to your computer.
How to Save Catster Photos
Be sure to open up your Photo Album before saving, as the pictures may be larger once the album is opened.
Right-click on a picture and look for "Save Image As" to save to your computer. Remember where you saved it on your computer.
It is helpful to set up a few folders on your computer first, and then when you go to save a photo, look for that folder, and put the picture in it.
A very minor tip for saving Event pages
If using http://web2pdf.co.uk/
Problem: First page works fine, but subsequent pages just keep copying page 1.
Fix: Delete the final # symbol in the URL for each subsequent page before pressing the 'Convert' button.(If I have explained this badly, please feel free to edit/question) Jaffa
Easy to use PDF converter for Google Chrome, you just drag the bookmarklet to your toolbar, go to the page you want to save as a PDF file and clicke on the bookmarklet - it's quick & easy.
Sa ving Photos with comments - Heather Stuebs
I wanted to preserve the photos and comments. I am highlighting the photo and comments and then doing a copy/paste. I'm currently pasting everything into MicroSoft OneNote, but I'm guessing it would work with other programs (even pastes the thumbnail photos from those who comment).
Saving Pages using MAC
By Sarah Yates on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:58pm
FOR MAC USERS:
On a MAC you can use command+shift+3 and it takes an entire screen shot. This captures the desktop and all the open windows.(added by Lori Martin)
FOR MAC AIRBOOK SCREENSHOTS USING TOUCHPAD MOUSE: Center cursor on center of area you wish to capture. Use command+shift+4; cursor will become crosshairs. Use one finger to move crosshairs to one corner of the area you want to capture. Press down on edge of touchpad and drag the crosshairs until the capture area is selected, KEEPING ONE FINGER ON THE CURSOR UNTIL YOU HAVE SELECTED EVERYTHING. You can use a finger on your other hand to adjust your position on the touchpad. When you are satisfied with your selection release the cursor; the screenshot will be on your desktop. Double-click on icon to open and inspect. I recommend changing the file name to something more precise than "screen shot and timestamp"
To screenshot an open window or your desktop without the windows you have open, use the same command+shift+4 to get the 'crosshairs' - then tap the spacebar once. The 'crosshairs' will change to a camera icon. (Tap the space again to go back to the crosshairs.) The camera 'selects' the window currently open under the cursor, or will select your desktop if you move the cursor away from open windows. Select the window you want to capture, then click the mouse button (or touchpad) once to snap the picture. It goes on the desktop, same as above.
To back out of taking a screenshot, use the "esc" key to escape the action and get rid of the crosshairs or camera.
How to Save a Page as a PDF on a Mac
By Bonnie Cunningham on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:36am
You can save almost any page as a PDF very easily on a Mac -- it does not matter what browser you're using. The pages may not look exactly the same as what you see on your screen, so make sure they're acceptable.
1. Hit Command and P on the keyboard to bring up the "print" menu
2. On the Print menu, go to the lower left-hand corner and click on the arrow alongside PDF
3. Choose "Save as PDF…"
4. It will then open the menu so you can name the PDF (at the top of the menu) and choose where to save it.
5. Click on "Save" in the lower right-hand corner.
You could also use an online PDF converter. The PDF's look different that way than making them through the Print instructions above, so you might prefer one over the other. Here are some free converters:
By Sarah Yates on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:56pm
Ok...so, for those that wanted to try themselves to download videos, or that have friends that have asked for help that aren't on here - here is step by step instructions. I will still of course helped those I promise and anyone else who needs it
First download "Stream Transport" -http://www.streamtransport.com/
- and install. Read the install steps carefully as there is one step that they try and sneakily get you to install something else too.
You might need VLC media player to play, as I am unsure of compatability of the file type with other players. VLC works with most movie files.
Then follow the photo's that I am posting here (will add comment on each pic).
Another option to save your catster videos. A few dogsters have tried it and it has worked. It took mr a few tries, but mine is finally working. Go to: http://www.real.com/
and click on Get Real Player Cloud for free (on top right).
Once it downloads, open it so it stays in the background. go to your catster page and click on their video book page. Then click on the video. If your mouse/cursor is hovering over (in my case above the video), I had a option to download to player. OR you can try (someone did this) and right click on the video while it's playing.
My videos downloaded automatically to my windows library - videos. Hope this works for you guys! I got to page 3 of videos and still working on it
Saving Videos To Your Hard Drive by downloading through Torch which is a media player.
Windows 7 and any others using Mozilla Firefox instead of explore and who like Google Chrome here is yet another "Media" browser:
Download "Torch" (Free)
When the grey box appears it will ask you if you want a new tool bar. If not make sure it is not checked off. Leave the other options as is.
Once it is installed it will show you how to use new media tools. The best is the video saver.
You will see on your Torch Screen the "Share, Media, Torrent" Icons to the top right of the HTML window.
Play you video you want to save. The Media will change to video and you need to hit that and it will save your video. You will see a blue arrow letting you know it is saved. Open the Three Bar Icon (last icon on top right) it wil have your downloads. They become FLV files but they will be on your computers hard drive. You can check this by going off line and opeing them up through your windows icon. Just search for your FLV files.
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