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    Former MSE Lawrence
    Save ink, paper & money with a nifty free-to-download tool
    • #1
    • 29th Jan 08, 5:06 PM
    Save ink, paper & money with a nifty free-to-download tool 29th Jan 08 at 5:06 PM
    What's the deal?

    There's a piece of free software that allows you to vastly reduce what you print; saving on ink cartridges, paper and time.

    It does nothing you can't do yourself with a bit of effort; but its free, and you may find it reduces your effort.

    It's called GreenPrint World, works on windows (sorry Mac users) and works by helping you print out only what you need, rather than just everything.

    How does it work?

    It works a bit like print preview in office documents, but allows you to quickly select pages you want to print and discard those you don't, as well as getting rid of unnecessary images and resizing text to fit better. Of course there are various ways to achieve the same result, and you don't necessarily need any extra software (e.g. you can just copy & paste text in to notepad), but it provides a very user-friendly way of solving the problem.

    Best of all, the program sets itself up simply as another printer, so you needn't run it each time you want to use it, you just click 'print' as per usual and choose it, and it'll print through your usual printer.

    How do I get it?

    Go to the PrintGreener download page enter an(y) email address in the box on the left and click the 'Free! Download Now' button to start the download. The program will only run on Windows 2000, XP and Vista, and requires that you've at least a 1ghz processor and 256mb RAM.

    Once downloaded, run the installation wizard and follow the on-screen instructions; it's very simple, and should take less than 5 minutes. Once installed, you'll notice that when you click 'print' on any document, you'll be able to choose the 'GreenPrint' printer icon from the print setup window, which, when selected, opens the program.

    It's very intuitive to use, just right-click on each page and choose from the options 'remove page', 'remove images', or 'remove text'. You can also remove all images from the document at once by pressing ctrl+6.

    While there's no bad feedback whatsoever, self evidentally MoneySavingExpert.com isn't responsible if you choose to download this software.

    How come it's free?

    This version of the program is subsidised by advertising, but thankfully it isn't particularly invasive. The company that makes it also has a paid-for version with more in-depth features (and no adverts), and it hopes that by offering this one for free it'll get people to upgrade. Luckily that remains no more than a suggestion; it doesn't keep nagging you to do so with irritating pop-up boxes like so many of its ilk.

    Anything else?

    In case you don't actually need that physical print-out, it's also adept at converting web pages (and basically whatever else you throw at it) into PDF documents. Save those on a keyring memory stick and you can still keep 'em with you, along with that light breezy feeling of eco-friendliness.

    Update Note 30 Jan 10:25 am:

    As some users below have reported, the tool's site is now flagged by Google as potentially harmful. This is due to a report request being submitted by somebody to the stopbadware.org site last night (for whatever reason), and it's likely to be rectified once it's investigated. The program has been listed and reviewed positively on many respected app download sites, hence its continued inclusion.

    MSE Lawrence

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    Last edited by Former MSE Lawrence; 30-01-2008 at 10:33 AM.
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    • ukmonkey
    • By ukmonkey 29th Jan 08, 10:37 PM
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    ukmonkey
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    • 29th Jan 08, 10:37 PM
    • #2
    • 29th Jan 08, 10:37 PM
    *waits for all the Mac users to whinge about how they're badly done to*
    • kingmonkey
    • By kingmonkey 29th Jan 08, 10:56 PM
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    kingmonkey
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    • 29th Jan 08, 10:56 PM
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    • 29th Jan 08, 10:56 PM
    and Linux users
    • poppy10
    • By poppy10 29th Jan 08, 11:23 PM
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    poppy10
    • #4
    • 29th Jan 08, 11:23 PM
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    • 29th Jan 08, 11:23 PM
    And people who don't like adware.

    No privacy policy or contact info on their website=bad news. Avoid.
  • robt
    • #5
    • 30th Jan 08, 12:14 AM
    • #5
    • 30th Jan 08, 12:14 AM
    How does it work?

    It works a bit like print preview in office documents, but allows you to quickly select pages you want to print and discard those you don't, as well as getting rid of unnecessary images and resizing text to fit better.

    Best of all, the program sets itself up simply as another printer, so you needn't run it each time you want to use it, you just click 'print' as per usual and choose it, and it'll print through your usual printer.
    So basically it does NOTHING you can't do yourself, and without complicating things by installing another 'printer', and whatever adverts it wants to show you.

    What a load of rubbish.
  • cd1951
    • #6
    • 30th Jan 08, 12:43 AM
    An Alternative Programme To Use
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    • 30th Jan 08, 12:43 AM
    Try using Fineprint, downloadable at www.fineprint.com or via one of the many free download sites.

    Saves on ink & paper!!

    The only advertising is at the bottom of the piece of paper which reads; "printed by software from www.fineprint.com".

    Converts A4 to A5 (thus saving paper) also pdf facilities.
  • robt
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    • 30th Jan 08, 12:46 AM
    • #7
    • 30th Jan 08, 12:46 AM
    Try using Fineprint, downloadable at www.fineprint.com or via one of the many free download sites.

    Saves on ink & paper!!

    The only advertising is at the bottom of the piece of paper which reads; "printed by software from www.fineprint.com".

    Converts A4 to A5 (thus saving paper) also pdf facilities.
    Originally posted by cd1951
    Again, total rubbish.

    The vast majority of printers can do that (A4 to A5) without any extra software.
  • robt
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    • 30th Jan 08, 2:18 AM
    • #8
    • 30th Jan 08, 2:18 AM
    And people who don't like adware.

    No privacy policy or contact info on their website=bad news. Avoid.
    Originally posted by poppy10
    I have in the back of my mind that this is illegal for a website that requests personal data (in this case yuor email address).
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 30th Jan 08, 2:20 AM
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    PasturesNew
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    • 30th Jan 08, 2:20 AM
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    • 30th Jan 08, 2:20 AM
    I went to the recommended site ... and my PC instantly told me there was a trojan .... so I kept trying to choose delete and it kept arriving again. Had a hell of a time just getting the window closed again.
  • cama
    Warning - visiting this web-site may harm your computer! - the page that you are about to visit may be a web forgery!



    You can learn more about malware and how to protect yourself at StopBadware.org. This page is very likely to have been designed to trick users into sharing personal or financial information. Entering any personal information on this page may result in identity theft or other fraud.

    You can read more about phishing here antiphishing.org.

    Or you can continue to http://www.printgreener.com/download.html at your own risk.

    You can also turn off safe browsing warnings by going to Google Desktop preferences.


    Advisory provided by
    • t8769
    • By t8769 30th Jan 08, 7:33 AM
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    t8769
    Well, the simplest way to save ink and paper is to always copy website info into Notebook first.

    I'm amazed at the no of people who print directly from the internet, and the money they shell out for paper and ink cartridges, when they can print the same sutff from Notepad using 1/3.
  • fishfinger
    Well, the simplest way to save ink and paper is to always copy website info into Notebook first.

    I'm amazed at the no of people who print directly from the internet, and the money they shell out for paper and ink cartridges, when they can print the same sutff from Notepad using 1/3.
    Originally posted by t8769
    How do you get the info from the screen to Notepad
    • fayraz
    • By fayraz 30th Jan 08, 8:23 AM
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    fayraz
    Try using Fineprint, downloadable at www.fineprint.com or via one of the many free download sites.

    Saves on ink & paper!!

    The only advertising is at the bottom of the piece of paper which reads; "printed by software from www.fineprint.com".

    Converts A4 to A5 (thus saving paper) also pdf facilities.
    Originally posted by cd1951
    I have been using FinePrint for a while now and its a brilliant piece of software.
  • Tintent
    Best thing I ever did with my printer was change the default to print in Black and White. If I want colour, I specify it when I print the document. I've saved a fortune in ink costs just by doing this alone!!
  • wapicho
    Don't do it - there are better ways - and don't believe the software hype
    That initial posting was a lovely ADVERT wasn't it.

    I test software like this as part of my job - I work in print solutions and I would not recommend any of the packages listed for home use.

    Far cheaper to set your printer to print B&W, econo/draft mode, duplex (double sided) - just set it up in the printer driver.
    All software listed is, I am sure, wonderful, but my experiences with similar packages have been uniformly -ve.
    e.g. Preton Saver - claims to saver toner, and a million other things, it doesn't tell you that when it is reducing dpi (dots per inch) it is also using colour to make black !
    NOT saving money!. Also their UK reseller website contains lots of mis-information about how toner and ink are made.

    Really - do yourself a favour - leave the software alone, print only what you need to, and set your printer to default to B&W, draft mode, double sided - if you want colour you can change it by selecting print. properties.

    </my 2 penneth>
    Last edited by wapicho; 30-01-2008 at 8:51 AM.
  • Spinney
    I've used Software995 (use Google for the website) for years to generate PDF files. No problems and vast saving in time, paper and ink.
    • andyc1909
    • By andyc1909 30th Jan 08, 9:40 AM
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    andyc1909
    Print cost minimalisation
    As has already been said, most of the savings can be gained by setting up your printer defaults. Keeping your machine free of unnecessary software is important for maintaining good performance from your pc.
    Through your control panel select printers (choose the default,ticked with right mouse button and select properties) and set the defaults there and they will stay as the defaults. Setting properties midst printing a document doesn't make them the default! If you need colour, non double sided and or better quality for a particular document do it midst printing that particular doc.
    Often, for printing from the internet, look out for the printer friendly button.

    Best advice I can give is whilst exploring through control panel route look at every option and see what can done!
    Debt free, the best way to be.
  • lotus26
    Not good - I did trust the source and have downloaded the programme. It did send my e-mail (or at least said that't what it was sending) somewhere. I then Googled the Company which carrys a "not trusted" warning. I've deleted the programme and am now spending the rest of the day running virus/adware/malware w.h.y. I await the inbox avalanch with some trepidation. Not a good start to the day.
    • Decorian
    • By Decorian 30th Jan 08, 10:01 AM
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    Decorian
    OpenOffice is a free (GNU) package like Microsoft Office, it has a button next to the print button to convert to PDF.
    I use it all the time, and don't even have Microsoft Office installed on my computer any more.
    OpenOffice can open and save into it's own file format, or microsoft's (.doc, .xls etc).
    If you need, quick easy and free pdf conversion I'd recommend this one.
    • bigbloke45
    • By bigbloke45 30th Jan 08, 10:03 AM
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    bigbloke45
    I normally copy and paste to Word the bits from a web page that I want to print . I can normally get rid of most of the excess pictures etc. and still have what I need. Simple!
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