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Q&A about: Offline Reading

In this post, I’ll share with you some answers to questions PressDisplay.com users asked about our PressReader software.  Feel free to suggest other questions for this post and we’ll do our best to answer them. Also, don’t forget to check out the help files on PressDisplay.com related to this area.

1. Why can’t I save a paper as a PDF?

The PressReader software was designed to give users the same rich experience they receive when reading their newspapers in PressDisplay.com, plus some additional enhancements such as: 

• New Interface – read and manage your publications with incredible ease and clarity
• SmartNavigation – utilize text view and other powerful advanced tools
• Search – search all content held within your library
• Subscriptions – create and manage your subscriptions
• Recent Issues – return to your most recently read issues

Due to the offline storage limitations imposed by our publishers we are not able to provide PDF support where users could export an entire paper into PDF. There would be no way we could control the life of the document or the printing of it.  As you are aware, printing of newspapers in PressDisplay.com is limited to articles and single pages only.

Note, however, that you can print to PDF an individual article or a page in a newspaper in the same way you send a file to a printer.

  1. Sidney Lovas
    February 28, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Re: no. 6

    It’s still a pain in the butt to download the longer weekend editions, such as the Washington Post Weekend or the Saturday Toronto Star. It takes 3 full attempts to download one newpaper…not very good and VERY time-consuming.

    Right now the quickest way I have of downloading, is to Download with PressDisplay on html, then open up PressReader for each new download.

    Also, when I select a newpaper, I have to “Refresh” each time to get the thumbnails for the paper. This needs improvement.

  2. February 28, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    This is excellent feedback, Sidney. I’m glad to see you are using PressReader. You’re right – you shouldn’t have to try multiple times to download a paper. Let me see what that’s all about…

    Someone else asked for automatic downloads of papers based on a schedule – do you think this would be a good idea? It would allow you to set up a list of papers to download each day and not have to save each one yourself from PressDisplay.

  3. Dan M.
    August 1, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve mentioned this in another part of the blog, but I’ll repeat it here as well. It takes far too many clicks to go from starting the PressDisplay program to actually being able to read a downloaded issue. I use NewsStand for the New York Times, and with that program it’s maybe two clicks. With PD it’s maybe six. I wouldn’t use a scheduler as I read the paper from different PCs, but I can see that others might find it useful.

    Once I’ve downloaded the paper, the full-screen mode could be better. There should be a drop-down menu on the tab visible at the bottom of the screen to let you choose the section you want to read. As it is, I have to show the thumbnails which takes up a lot of screen space.

  4. Kev
    August 20, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    When will the Mac client of PressDisplay be improved to match the PC version?

  5. Thomas Hoff
    August 30, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Yes – too many clicks to get from a paper to the reader. I always want to use the reader – without it, its not worth it for me. I have to get to the paper on the website, click save – which is ok – then the reader opens, then I have to click refresh, search for content. If the reader is open with another paper, I have to close it first, then reopen. Very frustrating and very much in need of updating.

    The reader should also work on more than windows mobile. Linux products (like Archos, etc) would be great. PDF or images of pages would be also convenient.

  6. Mike D.
    September 5, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    You said,

    “Someone else asked for automatic downloads of papers based on a schedule – do you think this would be a good idea? ”

    I would love to have this feature. I was even thinking of trying a macro to record the actions, but it would probably take a lot more individual effort then it is worth. Please add this for the next update.

  7. September 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Actually Mike, you can set up PressReader to check for new releases of a title on a scheduled basis. Check under the Options menu at the top of PressReader and select preferences. Under the general tab, you can decide how often you want PressReader to check for updates.


  8. Pim Bliek
    September 30, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Pity I cannot save to PDF or ePub format for my Sony eReader. Since I use Linux on my desktop, the PressDisplay software is useless for me – no Linux version is available.


  9. Ray
    December 7, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Yes this is a real show stopper for PressReader. The only .pdf
    printers I can print to are free ones that don’t make very good
    quality pdf documents.
    Hopefully a linux based PressReader will address this problem
    and also allow printing to print drivers which allow print to
    file. The Toshiba laser I use has an option to print to
    pdf / tiff file and so does not apper under PressReader. I have
    to print the paper via a shareware pdf maker.
    Is there an ETA for a linux version of PressReader and/or a
    good PressReader pdf printer?

  10. David
    October 12, 2010 at 11:57 am

    You say you can save a single page or article to PDF by printing to a PDF printer, but this is UNTRUE. I use v5.1.0.427.0 – I have installed both Bulldog and Cute PDF printers which work fine from Word, and so on, but when I try to print a single article from within Pressreader I only get my physical printer. Please help someone if you can….

  11. David
    October 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    actually let me just clarify that – you can print a chopped up version to a pdf printer but if you want a copy layed out how it is in the publication, this doesn’t seem to be possible? Also resolution of images seems really really poor!!!

    • Michael Oksinski
      October 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

      Hi David. Thanks for your comments.

      Just to clarify, full pages can only be saved/printed to PDF while online using PressDisplay.com and cannot be printed while you’re offline using PressReader. This is done by design to prevent unauthorized reproduction of the publications available through PressDisplay.com.

      Full pages printed directly from PressDisplay.com use your internet browser’s print functionality and do not match exact page measurements. Also, when printing a full page through PressDisplay.com, a PressDisplay.com URL is added to the top and bottom of the printed page.

      Regarding the resolution of images when attempting to print single articles through PressReader, I’ll double check on this for you. The resolution appears to be fine when printing single articles online through PressDisplay.com.

      Hope this helps for now. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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